Chelsea Boxwell – “Something Extra,” in The Closet in Shoebox Projects

Chelsea Boxwell – “Something Extra,” in The Closet in Shoebox Projects

L.A. ARTIST CHELSEA BOXWELL’S WONDERLAND OF MATERIALITY AT THE CLOSET IN SHOEBOX PROJECTS

OPENS AT THE CLOSET IN SHOEBOX PROJECTS WITH A RECEPTION ON JUNE 9TH, 3-6 PM; ON VIEW THROUGH JULY 1ST, 2018

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The Closet at Shoebox Projects is pleased to present its upcoming exhibit Something Extra by L.A. artist Chelsea Boxwell, whose paintings push boundaries and traditions of the medium. A recent MFA graduate from Claremont Graduate University, Boxwell focused on painting as installation with multi-medias and quite a bit of glitter during her studies. She attempts to transform what painting can be in her work as she now extends her painterly vocabulary within the parameters of The Closet in Shoebox Projects. In this tiny broom closet, Chelsea will attempt to make something quite small and ordinary into something seemingly large and extraordinary.

Her interest in alchemy–a derivation from the medieval practice of chemistry created in an attempt to transform base metals into gold–though never officially successful, is both a source of fascination for the artist as well as in popular culture. One definition of Alchemy is “a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or combination”. Boxwell refers to her studio practice as a combination of what transforms and evolves in her studio and gives credit to influences like magic, fantasies, and fairy tales. The so-called ‘fairy tales’ that strike her interest though, are the stories of other worlds, the possibilities of Wonderland, Neverland, OZ or Narnia. Now Chelsea will create her own Narnia in this dark, little closet inside Shoebox Projects, more associated with the simple, contemporary definition of Alchemy; “the ability to transform something ordinary into something extraordinary.”

Boxwell comments, “Generally, I feel like I make art for myself, or ‘art for art’s sake.’ I just make what I want, and here, I’m going to make a sequin-filled closet because I can. But there is a goal in making this for viewers. I think it’s an optimistic kind of goal. To brighten up someone’s day by literally brightening something up that will make someone want to maybe take a minute away from being an ‘adult’ and just bask in something shiny.”

http://www.chelseaboxwell.com/
@Chelseabox_art

The Closet is located inside Shoebox Projects at:
660 S. Ave 21 #3
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Open by appointment

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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