Martos Gallery opens “The Collective: Chosen Family”

Martos Gallery opens “The Collective: Chosen Family”

The Collective comprises seven artists who center criminal justice reform in their practices, aligned by their shared experiences of incarceration and their commitment to supporting artists who have overcome similar backgrounds. The Collective began with Owens commandeering a small recreation room at FCI Fairton Correctional Facility as an art studio where he met fellow artists Jesse Krimes and Gilberto Rivera. A bond was quickly formed, ideas were traded, and a pact was made to continue their art careers upon coming home. Since 2014 the collective has grown to now include Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter aka Isis Tha Saviour, Tameca Cole, Russell Craig, and James “Yaya” Hough, who had formed their own networks during their respective incarcerations, and find themselves now committed to changing how society views formerly incarcerated artists, a theme that permeates all of their work. Through the artists’ collaborations, they have founded networks of support, such as the Righ
The Collective comprises seven artists who center criminal justice reform in their practices, aligned by their shared experiences of incarceration and their commitment to supporting artists who have overcome similar backgrounds. The Collective began with Owens commandeering a small recreation room at FCI Fairton Correctional Facility as an art studio where he met fellow artists Jesse Krimes and Gilberto Rivera. A bond was quickly formed, ideas were traded, and a pact was made to continue their art careers upon coming home. Since 2014 the collective has grown to now include Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter aka Isis Tha Saviour, Tameca Cole, Russell Craig, and James “Yaya” Hough, who had formed their own networks during their respective incarcerations, and find themselves now committed to changing how society views formerly incarcerated artists, a theme that permeates all of their work. Through the artists’ collaborations, they have founded networks of support, such as the Righ