Route, Rut, Lane: A Karkhana Collaboration at Shoebox Projects

Route, Rut, Lane: A Karkhana Collaboration at Shoebox Projects

Route, Rut, Lane: A Karkhana Collaboration

Opening reception Friday October 12th 7-9pm
Open during the Brewery Artwalk October 13th and 14th 11-6pm

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Route, Rut, Lane: A Karkhana Collaboration is a contemporary conceptual mixed – media project that was inspired by the historical Mughal workshop that produced elaborate miniatures. A select group of 8 artists (S. Portico Bowman, Carlyn M. Clark, Johnny Fox, Margaret Lazzari, Luke Reichle, Chris Russell, Caryl St Ama, Nancy Kay Turner), diverse in age, geography and artistic practice, worked solo on each piece before sending it on to fellow collaborators.

While the content was not planned, the works developed as commentaries on personal, social and religious conditions of today. The group developed a surprisingly consistent mixed- media aesthetic since the project originated in January 2018.

The project culminates with this show at The Shoebox Projects, which will be on view during the upcoming Brwery Artwalk and Open Studios on October 13 and 14.

 

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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