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Boxed In: A Shadow Box Show

Boxed In: A Shadow Box Show

Boxed In: A Shadow Box Show
Friday, July 6th 6-9 p.m.

- work by 15 local emerging artists
- Silent Auction
- $20 and under table
- DJ set by Anacani

Boxed In: A Shadow Box Show is a group exhibition curated by Paula Lycan and Cedar Kirwin, who have brought together 15 emerging artists living and working in the Bay Area to create and display original ‘Art Boxes’. 

Art Boxes (also known as Shadow Boxes) are enclosed display case containing an object or objects presented in a thematic grouping with artistic or personal significance. Beginning with Surrealist artists Marcel Duchamp's Ready Made and Joseph Cornell’s Shadow Boxes, Art Boxes have been created by artists throughout history using the discarded to create physically and conceptually intricate works often evoking feelings of nostalgia, decay or loss.

By creating an exhibition exclusively comprised of original art boxes (from young emerging artists) this show will revisit the concept of the Art Box within the context of contemporary society. With the difficulty to exist and stay afloat today in the Bay Area, creating has always been a way of coping with loss and claustrophobia. By creating Shadow Boxes each artist is experimenting with thriving within the parameters of confinement. There is an unavoidable magic when you observe an Art Box and enter a contained realm of of personal treasures and constructed realities. The box becomes and analogy for creators in the city who continue to thrive despite the current struggle for affordable living, time, and financial means to create work as forms of self-preservation. Creating spaces with a message or story is so important when those same space are disappearing rapidly within and throughout the Bay Area.

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