Spaces From Yesterday
Spaces from Yesterday features three projects developed by Amy M. Ho in collaboration with incarcerated artists from San Quentin State Prison. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ho worked for several years as an art teacher at the prison and “learned from the inmates about the human capacity for change, the resilience of the human spirit, and the innate desire for self-expression.” The works included in the exhibition represent specific places that were significant to the inmates’ lives before prison. These places and the events that occurred in them were described to Ho in conversations that took place while she was teaching, and that gave her insight into the ways in which imprisoned artists use their memory of locations and attendant experiences to maintain ties to the outside world.
The Garage comprises an installation by Ho that recreates the garage workspace of Bobbie Dean Evans, Jr.’s childhood home, as well as his painting of the remembered space. Similarly, The Fort is an installation by Ho that is accompanied by paintings and a model by Chanthon Bun. Ho’s work with Dennis Crookes, who has been released from prison and currently lives in Los Angeles, includes his large-scale painting of The Hallway and Ho’s model for the installation. Each of the projects is intended to help preserve the inmates’ memories and serve as a platform to share their stories beyond the prison walls.
The opening reception with the artists will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2017.