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Hayward Gallery Project Space
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
October 20, 2009 - December 6, 2009

Neurologically stimulating creations

This exhibition is simply brilliant and I was more touched by this exceptionally human art than I was by most of the pieces I saw at the last Documenta (Juan Davila excluded).

One of the "offenders" (I would prefer to use the term people) said that it was shame she had to be imprisoned to discover art. Too true! In the United States the government spends more money on incarcerating people than on educating them - I hope this doesn't become the case in the UK.

In this society, art and creativity are so highly valued because it has become a luxury to have the time, space (both physical and metaphorical), and energy to be creative. No wonder such marvelous works of art are coming out of  the prison system!

You can see the humanity in this work and the unbelieveable attention to detail. Some of the works took months or years to produce, and you can see this in the intricacy of the sculptures and the painstaking craftsmanship involved. Like a renaissance artist their entire life revolved around this work, for some art even made life worth living again, despite being behind bars.

Creativity allows the mind to be freed of society's excess mental baggage and without creativity a person might start to feel like a caged animal, regardless of whether they are the jailor or the jailed.

Posted by Jeffrey Andreoni on 12/24/09 | tags: creativity sculpture mixed-media figurative

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