This video documents invited Spanish artists Patricia Gómez and María Jesús González at work creating a monoprint directly from prison cell walls during an artist residency at Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia in the fall of 2011. Filmed and edited by Adrian Bush. Music by Jason Bachman.
Curated by Jose Roca, the multimedia exhibition, "Doing Time/Depth of Surface", included the large-scale monoprint seen here, as well as an audio and video piece.
The exhibition was on view at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia from January 27 - March 17, 2012.
The artists, neither of whom has exhibited previously in the U.S., have a collaborative practice grounded in art conservation; utilizing a modified version of a technique known as strappo, they work primarily to preserve the surfaces of buildings—the veritable “skin of architecture”—by detaching a wall’s paint with glues and fabric and transferring that surface paint, in its entirety, to a new canvas. In Philadelphia, they worked at the now decommissioned Holmesburg Prison to create large-format monoprints of drawings, paintings, and graffiti left by former inmates on the walls.