During 2012 and 2013, CERES and GMONEY spent their time locked up in various HMP establishments, including time together in Wormwood Scrubs’ cell A-4-11 for conspiracy to paint graffiti on trains. That cell, in all its limited resources, became their art studio and the work from that studio led to new techniques, ideas and innovations for both artists. PROOF is proud to present ‘A-4-11’, an exhibition of CERES’ and GMONEY’s latest, un-shown works which embody the spirit of freedom and invention in which the artists live their lives and make their art.
A-4-11 is the cell CERES and GMONEY shared together in HMP Wormwood Scrubs as co-defendants, having been sentenced to 22 and 21 months in prison for Conspiracy to cause Criminal Damage to trains. Ironically, whilst on bail for 3 years prior to sentencing, they’d been banned from any interaction together. They filled their time in this cell, drawing, reminiscing and coming up with ideas to complete together during their stay and upon their release. Before they could realise the majority of these ideas, GMoney was shipped out to HMP Wayland and shortly afterwards, Ceres made the short journey to HMP Brixton.
The collection of work at ‘A-4-11’ was completed either whilst serving their sentences or developed later from ideas conceived whilst imprisoned. The show also features collaborative paintings, which appropriate the prison systems colour palette as well as some of the tools used by inmates to make marks, such as lighters and biro ink.