On a special edition of The Rundown, I had the opportunity to catch up with mixed media artist Sherrill Roland ahead of his closing reception this Saturday, May 12 at Artspace.
Roland is best known for The Jumpsuit Project, a performance art project that challenges the perception of those who are incarcerated and discusses how to have meaningful, productive conversations about our prison industrial system. While in graduate school studying studio art, Roland was wrongfully convicted of a crime and spent 10 months in a Washington, D.C. prison. Upon his release, Roland established The Jumpsuit Project as a way to articulate his experience and return to his pursuit of mixed media art.
His newest project is ARTFOR(US), an exhibition presented in collaboration with Black on Black Project, that compliments The Jumpsuit Project and further explores the prejudices towards the incarcerated population of America. The materials used to produce the exhibition are emblematic of the limited resources available to Roland while in prison. Read more about that experience here.
Listen below to the interview with Roland and Black On Black Project's Mike Williams as they talk about the history of the work, the importance of paying it forward, and
Check out tonight's spoken word performance at Artspace with Dasan Ahanu in response to the ARTFOR(US) exhibition. The event is free with an RSVP.