Featuring close to 100 International Artists Trying To survive in This Economic Climate
What does it mean for an artist to “survive” in a tough economic climate? Can business ever be “bad” for a diligently working artist? Making an honest living—-in a group show like NO OTHER, these artists, some legendary and some suitably hungry, will dissolve the line between utility and luxury for an exhibition entitled, “GO GET YOUR SHINEBOX”.
If you’ve spent time in a “third world country”, you’ve had a chance to see kids carrying ingeniously designed work boxes, set up for shinning shoes. We find that the variety and exuberance of these objects perfectly captures our world climate.
With the global economic downturn and the hardship it has caused blue-collar workers throughout, we find it fitting to explore theworld’s simplest way to make a living- SHINNING SHOES. We are planning an exhibition around just that—SHOESHINE BOXES.
However a “SHOESHINE BOX” should not be taken in the most literal sense of the words. These objects, our inspiration, have all been created out of necessity- a need to earn money, or further, to survive. We push “the need to survive” beyond its literal context, commissioning our favorite established and emerging artists to design their own, “SURVIVAL BOXES”.
A shoeshine box is a medium, a framework, the boundaries of which have not been pushed …’til now.