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Cellblock Visions Hardcover – January 6, 1997
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Some of the best prison art I've ever seen.
"In color and black-and-white reproductions, emotion, social commentary, and technical abilities combine to provide a powerful viewing experience."--Kim Long, Bloomsbury Review
"Miss Kornfeld catalogs an astonishing range of subject matter and mediums. . . . Throughout, one cannot help but marvel at the ingenuity of men and women who forge out of boredom, confinement, monotony and a chronic lack of supplies vivid expressions of rebellion, love, demonic fantasies and visions so unfiltered they make the surrealists look downright mannered."--Lee Adair Lawrence, The Washington Times
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I had attended the lectutre by Mrs. Kornfeld about cellblock visions where she showed us slides of some of the artwork done in prison. The artwork created by these people who had used things like candy wrappers for brush, toilet paper as a clay, soap as sculpturing material, needles, candy wrappers, food as coloring agents it just goes beyond anybody's knowledge to understand what kind of limited resources these people had.
Also, many of these people created absolutely amazing, the most imaginative art, living in awful, horrible cement block walls with nothing there. Just imagine creating art without computers, magazines, and all the media images we are bombarded non stop every day. Also, some of them never had seen art before, had no formal training, all these wonderful artworks were created from their imagination.
I had a friend who was in prison and he too admitted that the best artists he had seen was made by people in prison. Now I am not going to claim this as my statement however, I was very impressed how these people were able to express themselves through art and that art can be used as a healing medium for anybody.
Going back to the book, I have to mention that I wish some of the artwork printed in this book been in color. I do not understand why somebody thought it would be good idea to print it in black and white however I love everything else about this book.