Behind Bars

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Jail Birds, 2012 Woodcut And Stenciled Letters Over Duralar 25" X 40" © 2012, polimarichal
Behind Bars
Curated by: Laura Pomerantz

685 Venice Bl
Venice , CA 90291
February 16th, 2013 - March 30th, 2013
Opening: February 16th, 2013 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 5pm During Exhibitions
combined printmaking techniques, mixed-media, digital, installation, conceptual, figurative, modern


On Saturday, February 16, 2013, 5pm-9 pm, at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA (Old Venice Police Station), SPARC’s historic headquarters since 1977, SPARC is honored to host Behind Bars, showcasing Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective’s new suite of prints denouncing the critical state of the prison system in the U.S., which to date houses close to 2,000,000 prisoners and counting. The evening will also feature a special performance by singer Angela Roa and guitarist Fernando Lozada. Wine, refreshments and appetizers will be served.

California has the largest prison system in the industrialized world. A large percentage of the prisoners in this huge system are illiterate. Our society builds more prisons when it should be building more schools. Los de Abajo’s work also addresses the way society at large has also become imprisoned by the ruthless capitalist machine that surveys and controls every move and every urge of its consumers.

What does it mean to lose your freedom? What does the way the prison complex works say about the kind of society we live in? The U.S. currently puts more people in jail than any other country in the world. The impact such a punitive system has on the psyche of this nation is alarming and is having a nefarious effect on the quality of life of its people.

Argentinian art historian Laura Pomerantz, who also wrote the essay, Prisoners of Hope, for the catalog of the show, is the curator of Behind Bars. The body of work developed for this exhibition includes woodcuts, linocuts, drypoints, stencils, chine collé, mixed media and installation created by the members of the collective: Kay Brown, Nguyen Ly, Poli Marichal, Don Newton and Marianne Sadowski.

About SPARC: SPARC is a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch, and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is dedicated to producing, presenting, and preserving public artworks in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally. SPARC remains committed to helping individual communities find their voice, giving it public expression, and to breaking down barriers both real and perceived between communities.

For more information about the group contact: or call 310-822-9560, ext 15 or visit The exhibition will be open Tues-Sat, 11am to 5pm through Saturday, March 30 and is free to the public.