BoxoFFICE is proud to present Crafting Concept: Oppositions, Connections and the Nature of Form, a two artist exhibition presenting work that spans the continental USA as well as a wide area of artistic practice. China Adams, living and working in Los Angeles, is a conceptual artist who addresses territory such as taboos, materialism, race and gender with a sharp wit and a personal aesthetic. Almond Zigmund, working in East Hampton, NY, uses industrial materials and patterns from architectural and decorative practices to create sculpture and installations that destabilize our perceptions of space.
Both artists are creating bold installations for the exhibition, as well as a limited set of wall works. These artists’ practices’ are seemingly contradictory – one working with language/semantics, a dry palette and an economy of materials; the other creating boldly colored, highly patterned interventions using industrial materials. In fact, these artists are both working to challenge the fixed nature of our thought-based and physically perceived points of view and open us to a re-evaluation of how things are and where our place in the stuff of life lies.
China Adams earned a BFA from UCLA (1995) and an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2000). Adams has lived in Los Angeles for nearly twenty years where she practices her art and teaches. She has been featured in exhibitions around the world, including several solo shows at Ace Gallery, Los Angeles as well as at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2008). Adams is a conceptual artist, addressing topics as diverse as race, class, gender, taboos, consumerism, art-world materialism and the environment. With a sharp turn of phrase and an economy of gesture, she is able to illuminate each subject with true wit and a personal aesthetic. “My work has a huge court jester element. It is accessible, humorous, and fundamental. It is about existential issues that all people can grasp.”
Almond Zigmund was born in California, raised in Brooklyn, and now lives in East Hampton, NY. She received an undergraduate degree from Parsons School of Design in NY and Paris and an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Almond has exhibited her work for over 15 years in galleries across the US and in Europe and has created site-specific installations for The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY and The Las Vegas Art Museum. Almond makes installations, sculpture and related images that examine perceptions of space. “My work is a series of reactions to space, a mark-making which interjects a counter rhythm to existing structures. This reappraisal of one’s place within a space is meant to call into question existing parameters and boundaries and forces us to experience the physical and psychological and our place in it, anew.”