Photos by G. Art by Damien Echols.
In 1994, Damien Echols was put on death row in connection to the murder of 3 kids in West Memphis, Arkansas. After serving 18 years on death row, forensic evidence came to light proving that Damien Echols and his two friends (known as “the West Memphis Three”), did not commit the crimes they were accused of and were subsequently released from prison. While Damien Echols served time on death row, he practiced meditation and eastern philosophy as a way to cope with his horrific situation. Sacred Gallery in New York is showing the art that Damien Echols made and hung in his cell while on death row in an exhibit aptly titled “Moving Forward, Looking Back.”
Speaking at the opening night reception for this exhibit, Damien Echols said that for obvious reasons, he does not want this art in his life anymore, but since there are people that will enjoy it, it is very healthy to give it a new life and new home. The exhibit is extremely emotional when you consider the circumstances of how the art came to be it is even more impressive how nice and soft spoken Damien Echols is.
Damien’s story is truly inspiring and when you consider that in a few short years, he went from spending his time isolated in a tiny cell to having people ask him for his autograph, it’s pretty incredible.
Do not miss this exhibit! “Looking Back, Moving Forward” is showing at Sacred Gallery in New York (located at 424 Broadway at Canal Street in Soho). The exhibit runs through January 31, 2013.
After the jump you can see a photo of me with Damien Echols as well as a rock and roll god who also attended the opening night reception.
Thanks Damien and Dave! What a fun way to kick off a great year of art in New York!