Incarcerated: Visions Of California In The 21st Century
Incarcerated: Visions of California in the 21st Century
In Sandow Birk's new series of paintings and prints, the artist explores the myth of the Wild West and the reality of modern-day California. Birk portrays the state's correctional facilities in the style of great 19th-century illustrators, placing the prisons in romantic landscapes and creating a dialogue between an imagined idyllic past and an increasingly constricted present.
About the Author
Sandow Birk is an American artist from Southern California. He has an extensive history of exhibitions both national and international, and has received many prestigious grants and awards. Five books have been published on his works and he has made two films. The majority of his work has dealt with contemporary American life. With an emphasis on social issues, his frequent themes have included inner city violence, graffiti, various political issues, travel, prisons, surfing and skateboarding, and most recently a series on "Death in America" and the war in Iraq.