Why Not Art Presents: The Face of CHiPS - What if God lived in Gowanus?

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Why Not Art Presents: The Face of CHiPS - What if God lived in Gowanus?

  • Ages 21+
  • In part with Gowanus Open Studios 2022

Featuring: The Faces of CHiPs - What if God lived in Gowanus?

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littlefield 635 Sackett Street Brooklyn, NY 11217

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The Faces of CHiPs - What if God lived in Gowanus?

Artist: Michael James Freedman @michaeljamesfreedman

This exhibition features a series of studies and portraits of the people of CHiPs, a soup kitchen/residence around the corner from Littlefield that has served Gowanus residents for 50 years. All proceeds from sales of paintings and prints will be donated to CHiPs to further their mission.

Inspired by masters who idealize Madonna and Child as well as servants to the community, Michael James Freedman has created a series of portraits which sit modern-day people in these hallowed positions. Mother and child, a friendly face serving a meal, a stalwart staff member advocating for their programs - all of them part of a circle of giving and helping.

These are the people who work and live quietly among us – those in great need and those who offer unsung service to others. Freedman interviewed residents of the Frances Residence, which provide transitional housing for single mothers with a young child, as well as CHiPS volunteers and staff to capture the human faces and stories behind the scenes. These portraits offer a beautiful glimpse into the humanity behind seemingly intractable problems of hunger and homelessness.

CHiPS has been serving the community for over 50 years, helping people in need in Park Slope/Gowanus since 1973. In honor of this milestone and to highlight the critical work they do and the human faces behind the work, Freedman created this art series on view at Littlefield October 15 - December 21, 2022. Why Not Art is proud to support this exhibition as part of our Artistic Philanthropy program. 100% of the proceeds of prints and originals will be donated to CHiPS to further their mission.

About the Artist

Michael James Freedman is a Gowanus-based artist whose expressive, vibrant paintings focus on music, family, politics, and the people of our neighborhood.In Spring 2022, he created Reflections, a series of works based on young dancers and the proceeds of those paintings were donated to the Gowanus-based nonprofit Dancewave.

In part with Gowanus Open Studios 2022 and Why Not Art?