November 23, 2012

ShoeboxLA in the LA Weekly

We are thrilled and excited to have been included in Carol Cheh's article in the LA Weekly on the top 10 art spaces in Los Angeles that are changing our idea of what art spaces can be!  We are doubly thrilled she covered one of our favorite shows, Cut Both Ways, with artist Jay Erker.  We love being an alternative, alternative space.  Thank you Carol and the LA Weekly:

ShoeboxLA: Art on a table
ShoeboxLA is a specially constructed display table about the size of two shoeboxes laid side by side. This highly portable space -- which, like Open Arms, uses the simple, rectangular structure of a traditional gallery but in a whimsical manner -- roams the streets of L.A. for three-hour pop-up shows in random public locations.

Founders Sophia Allison and Paul W. Evans, artists themselves, wanted to create a mobile art experience that interacted closely with the environments it found itself in. After about a year in operation, the shoebox has appeared in a bookstore, an ice cream parlor, a bowling alley and a shopping mall. Artists are invited to create new work that is specifically geared toward the dimensions of ShoeboxLA (no pre-existing work is accepted).

Back in September, the gallery planted itself in the also tiny Los Feliz Triangle Park to show artist Jay Erker's Cut Both Ways, a handmade book of sliced and layered fashion-magazine images. On a boiling hot day, Erker (who also runs the nearby Weekend Gallery) stood under an umbrella, turning the pages for a steady stream of curious and enthusiastic passersby.

photo: Carol Cheh

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