Doing Time / Depth of Surface

03 Feb 2012


From the Doing Time/Depth of Surface exhibition catalog, published by Philagrafika, 2011.

In early 2012, Philagrafika presented Doing Time/Depth of Surface, an exhibition funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage that was shown at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design. The show included collaborative work produced during an artist residency at the decommissioned Holmesburg Prison in Northeast Philadelphia, with Spanish artists Patricia Gómez and María Jesús González. For their first American exhibition, Gómez and González utilized a modified version of a conservation 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. The artists' mono-prints become a physical archive of the prison cells capturing the paint, drawings and markings left by the inmates who lived there.

Watch the above video of the two artists working in Holmesburg Prison. Then click here to learn more about the process that went into creating the exhibition.

Doing Time / Depth of Surface received media attention from many outlets including the Philadelphia Inquirer and CBS Philly.