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THROUGH THE WALL

THROUGH THE WALL

"Through the Wall: Prison Arts Collective" at CB1-G Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Spring 2016

The first public exhibition, “Through the Wall,” of the PAC was hosted by CB1-G Gallery in Los Angeles and included paintings, drawings, and handmade objects created by participants in our programs at three California state prisons. This exhibition was well attended by a wide variety of viewers including curators, gallerists, artists, students, formerly incarcerated individuals, and the families of individuals that are currently incarcerated. We were honored to have the exhibition recommended by Carolina Miranda of the Los Angeles Times  and by Matthew Stromberg of Hyperallergic.

Reflective of the collaborative and non-hierarchical spirit of CBA programming, the exhibition includes artworks by men and women participating at all levels and working in a variety of media. This includes participants in advanced critique classes who have taught themselves to paint and draw while incarcerated and gained art historical context for their practice, as well as those participating in their first-ever art beginning painting or sculptural crafts classes with the PAC project.

All works are donated by the artists with the dual goal of sharing their work with a wider audience and raising funds to support ongoing CBA programming in prisons and in the community. Viewers are invited to participate through a written or visual reflection in a collaborative response book, an informal tour with a Teaching Artist, and by making a donation to the CBA Prison Arts Collective in exchange for art.

“Through the Wall,” the book is co-edited by Annie Buckley and Matthew McMilon and designed by Julian Rubalcaba. It includes artwork from the exhibition and writings from participants, teaching artists, faculty, and correctional staff. Published with support from Shoreline Publishing, it will be available for sale on Blurb in the coming months.100% of the proceeds of book and art sales directly benefit the CBA / PAC project.  

You can view images from the exhibition sites, here.

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“MY HEAVY HEART” WRIGHT, 2016, DRAWING, 8.5"X11"

FROM “THROUGH THE WALL” (ARTWORK BY PARTICIPANT IN PROGRAM)

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“PARADISE” S. HUNTER, 2016, PAINTING, 18""X24"

FROM “THROUGH THE WALL” (ARTWORK BY PARTICIPANT IN PROGRAM)