NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 15, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: December 6, 6 - 9p.m.
TONIA DI RISIO
LYNN CHRISTINE KELLY
GABRIELLE DE MONTMOLLIN
Curated by Donia Almassi
A box is a structure that protects and contains a precious item within, usually of personal significance. Symbolically, its shape and function is archetypal and has existed in every culture since the dawn of humankind. When exploring the meanings of a box, seemingly contradictory imagery pops into one’s head: protection, boundaries, isolation; the intimate, the unknown, the claustrophobic. Its walls represent boundaries meant to keep the outside out and the inside within, for better or for worse. Therefore, for a species that is constantly testing personal and public boundaries on a vast scale, this three-dimensional cube becomes a perfect metaphor for understanding the human condition and our personal relationships with the ‘other’ that surrounds us.
In this exhibition, Inside/ Outside, fourteen artists have created work that grapples with the meaning of inner and outer restriction. The material of a box says much about the entity it was designed to envelope, and by whom --- thus, instead of focusing on the content within, these artists have made the boundary itself the subject of their experiment. Using their own artistic practices as a reference point and the box shape as a point of entry, each member of The Red Head Collective has found a way to address different facets of 'the box' and its implications in a 21st century world.