FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
POWERFUL ARTWORK ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Works by Russell Craig
An Exhibition at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens: March 2 – April 29, 2018
PUBLIC OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, March 2, 2018; 6:00 – 9:00 PM
SOUTH STREET, PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens’ exhibition, "Blood, Sweat, and Tears," highlights the provocative works of self-taught artist Russell Craig. His artistic style and stirring imagery were developed during his seven-year incarceration. Featured in this exhibition are Craig’s large-scale portraits, which are made from prison paperwork, court documents, and discarded materials. His work offers an opportunity to talk about the justice system in the United States by chronicling his life and honoring the people that share his story. Through work that is both confrontational and contemplative, Craig’s pieces create a platform to help unify all who have struggled through trauma and advocate for positive change within ourselves and our communities.
Craig’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. He has also worked with Mural Arts Philadelphia through their Restorative Justice program, and is a “Right of Return” fellow – a program that invests in formerly incarcerated artists to create original works of art that can further propel criminal justice reform efforts. He is a mentor for those who are currently incarcerated and works with communities who are often affected by the criminal justice system.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is excited to host this show and other exhibitions that use art to address current social concerns and spark conversations that help ignite change within our city. Through these unique curated experiences, PMG aspires to promote meaningful engagement with visitors and community stakeholders and to project its values of inclusion and community out to Philadelphia.
ABOUT PHILADEPHIA’S MAGIC GARDENS
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is a nonprofit visionary art environment and community arts center located in Isaiah Zagar’s largest public artwork in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Spanning half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street, the museum includes an immersive outdoor art installation and indoor galleries. Zagar created the space using nontraditional materials such as folk art statues, found objects, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The site is enveloped in visual anecdotes and personal narratives that refer to Zagar’s life, family, and community, as well as references from the wider world such as influential art history figures and other visionary artists and environments.
PMG is a unique Philadelphia destination that inspires creativity and community engagement by providing educational opportunities and diverse public programming to thousands of visitors each year. For more information, visit www.phillymagicgardens.org