Cup of Ambition
St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center
Teaching Artist, Robert Longyear
Craft Alliance Community Outreach provides exposure, enrichment, and education in fine contemporary craft to students at all skill and socio-economic levels. Community Outreach Programs include the Mural Arts Program, Crafting-A-Future, ArtSmarts, and collaborative partnerships with community groups, social service agencies, and other St. Louis institutions.
I got a letter from the government
The other day
I opened and read it
It said they were suckers
They wanted me for their army or whatever
Picture me given’ a damn – I said never
Here is a land that never gave a damn
It occurred to me
The suckers had authority
I contemplated a plan on the cell floor
– Chuck-D –
This work is a dialect of jewelry/metalsmithing technique which subverts proper English tea with the streetwise ingenuity of incarcerated youth in the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center.
These are works contemplated on the cell floor.
Fumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition and
Yawn and stretch and my life is a mess and
if i ever make it home today, God bless.
These works were made as galvanizing, logical argument. The resulting images made of the experience are undeniable in their strength. It was as if fear, anger, paranoia and anxiety had been masterfully compressed onto visual statements, sized to fit into the palm of a hand.