Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Collaboration through Containment
The old Lockhart prison was built in the early 1900's and was still in use until the mid-1980's. The most interesting part of the building is the graffiti still on the walls from the prisoners who were incarcerated in the small prison. I like how the craquelature of the paint adds an association with historic oil paintings - thus unconsciously elevating the perception of the graffiti to that of traditional "high art." Additions from different prisoners over time creates an interesting collaboration and conveys the passing of time in the small cells as writings and images add to each other and start to overlap.
I think the art work is fascinating - what would you paint/draw/carve into the walls if you were locked in a small iron cell?
More photos from the prison can be seen here.