Debbie Korbel’s “Strange Circus” opens at Shoebox Projects April 20th

Debbie Korbel’s “Strange Circus” opens at Shoebox Projects April 20th

Debbie Korbel
Strange Circus
A solo exhibition

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Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
Los Angeles 90031

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(Los Angeles) –Los Angeles artist Debbie Korbel didn’t set out to create the characters that one finds in a Strange Circus opening April 20 at Shoebox Projects. “They just came out,” said Korbel, “kind of like imagining what your children will look like and then having them look completely different than you expected.”

Strange Circus is a celebration of being different, a bit off center. The sculptures in this exhibition can be seen as metaphors for all of us who at times have felt that we weren’t fitting into standard social constructs. Korbel’s sculpted fantasy figures are all a bit eccentric, but not unhappy with who they are. They are different and they own it. They are comfortable in their own skin—even if it’s leopard skin.

Referring to the range of emotions that course through the human soul on a daily basis, Korbel says, “if I can get you to see or feel emotion from something I have created, then I have succeeded in making that human connection. We are no longer strangers, we are of like mind, if even just for a few moments.”

Strange Circus comes to town April 20 to May 5 at Shoebox Projects. There will be an opening reception April 20, 3-6pm and a closing reception and Artist Talk May 4, 2-4pm.

About Debbie Korbel
Debbie Korbel is an artist whose creativity has been applied to various media including painting and sculpture as well as writing television scripts, short stories and hip-hop song lyrics. Her sculptures have been exhibited in numerous galleries, collected internationally and appeared in television shows. In 2013, her work received awards in the Spring and Winter issues of Creative Quarterly Magazine. Recent exhibitions in Los Angeles include Gallery 825 and TAG Gallery “LA Open,” where her sculpture The Kiss was awarded second place. Korbel is a native Californian and works out of her studio in Los Angeles.

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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