Brothers Steven and William Ladd have been working with inmates in the NYC Department of Corrections for nine years as part of their art practice. The experience has been humbling, emotional and an incredible way to connect with inmates. The Other Side is their first exhibition dedicated solely to exploring the stories and experiences of their work bearing witness to the other side of the criminal justice system.
The exhibition will fill the ground floor of The Invisible Dog Art Center and include figurative drawings and paintings, sculptural wall works made in collaboration with inmates, and a series of spaces depicting a jail cell, a metal detector, and a surveillance booth. These spaces reference the architecture of correctional facilities, with text revealing backstories for the works. The artists hope the exhibition will inspire compassion, respect for humanity and action.