“basic necessities” documents three individuals and the mechanisms they employ to sustain their humanity while incarcerated. This exhibition demonstrates man's need for communication and connection within our environment no matter how harsh.
The show features works by Shane Ennover, Juan Howard and Coss Marte.
Sept.7th - Oct.6th, 2018 http://www.theclementecenter.org/event/basic-necessities/
Shane Ennover, now 30 was incarcerated for a total of seven years due to a string of bank robberies that he committed in 2007. During his time in solitary confinement, and throughout his incarceration, Shane created art and sculptures out of basic necessities which consisted of toilet paper, water, and soap.
Chessboard made using a manila folder and chess pieces made from toilet paper and ink.
Shane devised a way he could continue playing chess while in solitary. Chess pieces were created out of toilet paper and a numbering system was shouted to-and-fro to fellow inmates indicating what move to make on the board.
Elephant made out of soap.
Coss Marte, now 32 was selling drugs on the Lower East Side in Manhattan from the age of thirteen. His drug dealing lifestyle continued until it finally caught up with him. He spent his adolescent years in-and-out of jail until eventually he was sentenced to seven years in prison. Coss maintained his strength by reading the Bible, motivating others with fitness training, and making prison burritos as a way to bond with those around him.
Coss maintained his strength by reading the Bible.
All personal belongings fill this sack when you move around.
Juan “Jimmy” Howard, now 30 is an artist from the Bronx. He was incarcerated for a gang-related attempted murder and established a brotherly friendship with Shane that consisted of playing music, art and writing poetry while they both were incarcerated.
Page from a joint notebook they would share.
One of many journals Juan and Shane would write back-and-forth to each other while incarcerated. Visitors are encouraged to read all three of the journals presented.