Thursday, December 15, 2005

Gallery Show Proves Prisoners Can Be Quite The Inventors

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Now that Crips founder Stan “Tookie” Williams is gone, we’ll never know if he had any interesting prison inventions to share with the world.

Artist Marc Fischer has kept in touch with a prisoner named “Angelo” for 15 years and now has an exhibit at Chicago’s I-Space gallery based on prisoners’ makeshift inventions.

Fischer’s art collective, called Temporary Services, used Angelo’s detailed sketches to build copies of contraband prison items like a sandwich baggie condom fastened with a rubber band, a potato chip bag collapsible cup, and a chess set carved out of soap.

He says perhaps the most jaw-dropping item was something called a “Muff Bag” made from “a doubled-up plastic garbage bag filled with warm water and rolled up towels to resemble legs.”

Angelo told Fischer that an inmate used it to fantasize about Angelo’s handsome cell mate.

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