Upcoming Exhibition - September 2018 Basic Necessities is a visual and audio installation that documents three individuals and their approach to maintaining humanity while incarcerated and in solitary confinement.
Shane Ennover, now 29 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.
A life-sized hand was confiscated because a Correction Officer thought Shane was making an escape dummy.
Chessboard made using a manila folder and the pieces are 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 twelve years in prison. Due to a change with New York's drug laws, his time was reduced to seven years. Coss maintained his strength while reading the Bible, helping others workout, and making prison burritos.
A simple stamp has so much meaning when that’s all you have.
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.