Debbie Korbel’s Strange Circus at Shoebox Projects

Debbie Korbel’s Strange Circus
a solo exhibition

Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
LA Ca 90031

Opening Reception April 20, 3-6pm
On view April 20 to May 3 by Appointment


“Humor, love, beauty, vulnerability, heartbreak—just a few of the emotions that pulse through us on the daily. 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.

When I get an idea for a sculpture it kind of ferments over a period of time. I start to think about the best way to get my concept across and I am “bothered’ by it, like a rock in my shoe, until I finally complete the sculpture. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the process, but it is a combination of joy and struggle, like hiking up a steep hill. You sweat and struggle (at least I do) but ahh, what a lovely view once you get there.

I didn’t set out to create characters that belong in a “Strange Circus,” they just “came out” — kind of like imagining what your children will look like and then having them look completely different than you expected. Perhaps even a bit of surprise at what has sprung from your loins— Obviously, it’s in your DNA somewhere-some weird relative with strong genes.

The circus has come to town.”

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.

Dani Dodge, My Ugly/Beautiful Friends, A Solo Exhibition

Dani Dodge
solo show

“My Ugly/Beautiful Friends”

Shoebox Projects
660 S. Ave. 21 #3
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Opening reception: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019
Open by appointment and during Brewery Artwalk April 6 and 7
Closes: April 14, 2019


In “My ugly/beautiful friends,” Los Angeles artist Dani Dodge uses sculpture, video and mixed media works to create an installation exploring adaptation and survival.

Her muse is the Joshua Tree.

The early American explorer, John C Fremont, who first mapped the Oregon Trail, described Joshua trees as “the most repulsive tree in the Vegetable Kingdom.” But Dodge fell in love with these otherworldly plants as she began a residency in 2018 in the Mojave National Preserve. She was inspired by their strangeness, their symbiotic relationships, and their sensitivity.

“I spent every day of two weeks visiting the Joshua trees and getting to know them on an individual and personal level,” Dodge said. “I was fascinated by the bold, frightening shapes they created against the desert sunrise, and captivated by the warm, beautiful stories they told beneath their spikey exterior.”

And, I was deeply inspired their ability to survive within a very small area of Earth, while feeling devastated by the knowledge that the species could be decimated within my lifetime.”

Climate models have shown that this iconic plant, which exists only in the Mojave Desert region of the US between 1,300 and 5,900 feet elevation, will lose 90 percent of its range in eastern California by 2100.

Basically, the Joshua trees, which grow to more than 40 feet tall, reproduce and disperse too slowly to keep up with climate change. They have survived this long because they developed a shallow network of roots, that spreads about 18 feet around each plant to suck up the infrequent rainwater.

Without nectar to attract pollinators, Joshua Trees rely solely on the tiny yucca moth for pollination, a creature that at first appears unassuming but on closer inspection sports unique bizarre, tentacle-like fronds from its mouth. And the yucca moth depends on the Joshua Tree for its survival.

Over Dodge’s time in the Mojave National Preserve, and also during a 2019 residency in the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve in Lancaster, Calif., Dodge continues to get to know these plants, who she now considers her friends.

“Like many of my human friends, they have a tough exterior, but a sweetness within,” Dodge explained. “They need us now and with this exhibit I hope to bring more awareness of their plight.”

In the exhibit, she deconstructs the Joshua Tree spikes into separate stories of survival, love, and loneliness. She deconstructs photos of the plants into a scribbled S.O.S. on their behalf. And she constructs a powerful installation that shows ugliness and beauty are as symbiotic as the Joshua Tree and the yucca moth.

About Dani Dodge
Dodge creates immersive, surrealist environments and installations. This is her second solo show at Shoebox Projects. Dodge shows her work in Los Angeles and internationally, including in Mexico City, Budapest, and Stockholm so far in 2019. She is a member of the Durden and Ray collective in Los Angeles. For more information about Dodge, please visit

About Shoebox Projects
Shoebox Projects is an experimental art space in DTLA, where emerging and midcareer artists are given an opportunity to freely experiment with new ideas and directions for their practice. Founded by Kristine Schomaker, multimedia artist and director of Shoebox PR, Shoebox Projects intends to give artists a chance to recharge and renew their relationship with their work.

Sheli Silverio, Be A Lady – opening at Shoebox Projects


Sheli Silverio
Solo Exhibition

“Be A Lady”

Opening January 6th 3-6pm
Artist Talk/closing January 20th 2-4pm

Shoebox Project
660 South Aveue 21 #3
LA Ca 90031

“Sheli, be a lady” is a phrase I heard a lot growing up. I never felt like I knew what that meant exactly, but I did feel like I was often doing it wrong. As a girl, dolls became an influential learning tool in deciphering what appropriate femininity entailed. They were coded with messages about motherhood, domesticity, fashion and physical beauty. In “Be A Lady” I use the paper doll as a means to explore the complex process of understanding personal identity within the confines of society’s idea of womanhood. The pieces of my paper doll are symbols of sexuality, vulnerability, confidence, intelligence, physicality and the process of resolving all the facets of one’s self.

Sheli Silverio is a fine artist and illustrator living and working in Los Angeles. She has studied studio arts and humanities at Pasadena City College, California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and California State University Northridge.

​An integral part of the LA Art World, Sheli is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association, The Shed Collective ​and is currently working for Shoebox PR, offering valuable resources to emerging artists. She recently became a board member on the arts non-profit January Arts.

Miss Art World, Alterations in The Closet at Shoebox Projects

Miss Art World


Opening January 6th 3-6pm
Artist Talk/Closing January 20th 2-4pm

The Closet in Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
LA Ca 90031

A brand-new art performance titled “Alterations” by artist Miss Art World will be held January 6th starting at 3:30 p.m. During and after the performance will be the exhibit’s reception which will run until 6 p.m. at Shoebox Projects. The performance will be documented and on display at the gallery by appointment only until January 20th.
Shoebox Projects is located at The Brewery, 660 South Avenue 21 #3, Los Angeles, CA. An Artist Talk will be held January 13th from 2 to 4 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.

The performance “Alterations” will be performed in the Shoebox Project’s closet space. The performed uses the setting of the closet space to inform the performance’s concept of unseen world love dolls. Love dolls are normally hidden away, not to be talked about but used to resemble and replace women.

Miss Art World says “The use of love dolls is objectification of women, but what I think is interesting is the view from a woman’s perspective trying to deal with or work through the concept of men using love dolls. This performance resembles this struggle and attempts to alter the doll into something society understands.”

Miss Art World is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA. She is an emerging performance artist and has exhibited throughout the country and was honored to perform at Art Basel Miami in 2017. Miss Art World was diagnosed with an incurable eye disease at the age of ten and has struggled seeing ever since. The rejection and prejudices that arose from the academic environment led her to seek out other means of fulfillment; this came in the form of beauty pageants.

Over the years, she participated in pageants winning several titles including Miss New York World. Success in pageantry proved to be both her salvation as well as a burden.

Using her experiences to inform her art practice, Miss Art World critiques the unrealistic display of the “perfected” physical form and the pressures to attain it. She crowned herself Miss Art World and uses the title to question the dominating ideologies of beauty fused society’s disturbing and obsession with it.
Don’t miss this thought provoking and bizarre performance and exhibit. Visit for more information.

Jaylah’s Wish, A One Night Pop-up at Shoebox Projects

Please join The Make-a-Wish Foundation and Shoebox Projects as we present a one night pop-up solo show of work by San Antonio artist Jaylah Martinez

Jaylah Martinez
Solo Exhibition

Thursday December 27th 7-9pm

A budding San Antonio teen artist has been covering the city’s public spaces with art, as she fights a rare form of kidney cancer. This talented young woman, 16-year-old Jaylah Martinez, has contributed to various arts projects for the City of San Antonio, serves as a teen ambassador for the city, and has logged 160 hours for the nonprofit South Texas Blood & Tissue, and still manages to maintain her membership in the national honor society while battling cancer.

Jaylah’s paintings involve bold hues in acrylic and oil. As a Make-A-Wish kid, her wish has been to have her paintings displayed at a gallery in Los Angeles.


Jaylah Martinez is a Junior in High School with a love for God, people, and art. Jaylah was very active in her community. During the summer of her Junior year, she volunteered with South Texas Blood & Tissue. She was a valuable asset to various departments. She is currently in the National Honor Society and a Teen Ambassador for San Antonio. As a Teen Ambassador, Jaylah attends events to inspire the youth to reach their goals.

In addition, she is part of Blue Star Contemporary’s MOSAIC Student Artist Program. While attending Mosaic after school program, she is able to help design and create public art projects for her city and volunteer at community events for the youth. With regards to art, her main focus is painting. She expresses her voice from the abstract linear movement in hands. Her most prominent medium used is acrylic and oil.

Unfortunately, after being officially diagnosed on August 27, 2018, with stage IV Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC), she had to slow down on all extracurricular activities. Her goal is to attend college and major in BioChemistry and find a cure to cancer. After graduation, she wants to work for MD Anderson as a Research Scientist.

Elizabeth Tinglof at Shoebox Projects

Elizabeth Tinglof
Artist in Residence, Shoebox Projects

Reception Sunday December 16th 3-6pm
A.I.R. November 5th to December 16th

Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
LA Ca 90031

“Won’t Pray” is an exhibition by artist Elizabeth Tinglof conceived during her residency at Shoebox Projects. Beginning with an inverted abstract tree rooted in the ceiling by a system of twisted wires and reflected in fragments of mirror below, Tinglof creates relationships between a series of objects in various mediums . Through historic, symbolic and metaphoric references, she builds a construct of tension between belief and illusion, Tinglof’s work delves into the process of reevaluation and blindly accepted truths.


Elizabeth Tinglof is a Los Angeles based artist, curator and adjunct professor interested in the exploration of materiality and process. Tinglof creates an alchemist fusion of painting and sculpture resulting in richly layered abstract objects that function first as a deconstructive conversation and evolve to one of reconstruction, experimentation and reinvention.

She is the co-founder of Rough Play Collective, an artists curatorial group based in Los Angeles with their recent exhibition, Hold for Far Bazaar 2017 and Without Design or Sketch: The Story of the Room at the Launch LA Gallery and Go Big or Go Home at The Brand Library Gallery. Tinglof organized the exhibition Shelf Perfection for Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, (2013) and curated Triangulation, (2011) an exhibition held at California State University Northridge featuring artists such as Michael C. McMillian, Jeffery Vallance and Lynn Aldrich. Her work has been exhibited throughout Southern CA including exhibitions with The Robert Berman Gallery and Berman/Turner Projects, Bergmont Station, Santa Monica, CA and California State University, Northridge Gallery, The Brand Library Gallery, Launch LA Gallery and Cerritos College Gallery

In 2010 volunteering as a photo journalist, and video documentarian Tinglof documented the after effects of the Gulf oil spill and the 2010 Haiti earthquake for the UCLA-HGD Project, a non-profit organization providing medical care and education to Petit Goave, Haiti.

Recently, Tinglof founded Rough Play Projects, Joshua Tree, designated for site-specific Installations. The inaugural project, Available to All, opens April 7, 2018

Tinglof received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, her MFA from California State University Northridge and in 2016 attended Sotheby’s Art Institute London for a curatorial program. She is a recipient of the the EJ Leiber Fund Award (2012), CSUN Arts Council Award (2011), The Hans Burkhardt Memorial Scholarship (2010) and The Graduate Association Thesis Research Award (2010).


Route, Rut, Lane: A Karkhana Collaboration at Shoebox Projects


Route, Rut, Lane: A Karkhana Collaboration

Opening reception Friday October 12th 7-9pm
Open during the Brewery Artwalk October 13th and 14th 11-6pm

Route, Rut, Lane: A Karkhana Collaboration is a contemporary conceptual mixed – media project that was inspired by the historical Mughal workshop that produced elaborate miniatures. A select group of 8 artists (S. Portico Bowman, Carlyn M. Clark, Johnny Fox, Margaret Lazzari, Luke Reichle, Chris Russell, Caryl St Ama, Nancy Kay Turner), diverse in age, geography and artistic practice, worked solo on each piece before sending it on to fellow collaborators.

While the content was not planned, the works developed as commentaries on personal, social and religious conditions of today. The group developed a surprisingly consistent mixed- media aesthetic since the project originated in January 2018.

The project culminates with this show at The Shoebox Projects, which will be on view during the upcoming Brwery Artwalk and Open Studios on October 13 and 14.

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass | Sugar Coated


Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass
Solo Exhibition

“Sugar Coated”

Opening Sunday September 23rd 3-6pm
Artist Talk Sunday October 7th 2-4pm
On view through October 7th

Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
LA Ca 90031

LA artist Lauren Mendolsohn-Bass’ paintings reflect current socio-political tensions with renewed awakening. Through her large oil paintings, the artist’s investigation of socially constructed norms via mass culture reveal fissures between representation and reality.

Mendelsohn-Bass’ depictions of archetypal women serenaded with desserts, sweets and candy culled from vintage advertisements delve into complex relationships between desire, and desirability as a mass-produced construct. The works in Sugar Coated reconcile such questions while engaging aesthetics of excess both visually and conceptually.

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass is a Los Angeles born painter who received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work depicts the psychology of the mind’s inner conflicts and struggles, portrayed through her figures’ outward appearance and gestures. She often emphasizes the psychological drama with a monochromatic, Film Noir feel in order to examine what makes us tick. Her large, figurative paintings have a climactic, narrative quality with a focus upon emotional suspense, with each glance suggesting a passion or crime.

Kate Carvellas – Reliquary for an Assemblage Artist

Kate Carvellas
“Reliquary for an Assemblage Artist”

Reception September 16th 3-6pm

The Closet in Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
Los Angeles Ca 90031

The Closet is a part of The Shed Collective

Reliquary – “a container or shrine in which sacred relics are kept” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Kate Carvellas deploys the concept of reliquary to elevate the often discarded and disused objects she incorporates in her assemblage artworks. Doing so, she endows her collected urban detritus with new life and new meanings.

Kate Carvellas is an artist who works in assemblage, sculpture and mixed-media abstract paintings. In 2004, Carvellas began creating thematic collages using imagery from various magazines and other mass media sources. A couple of years later, she expanded into three-dimensional assemblage, creating sculptures out of found objects. Later, she started leaving her own marks on the work, eventually segueing into abstract paintings. Most recently she has been combining found objects into her paintings and sculptures. Carvellas has received various awards including Awards of Merit (53rd Annual Bold Expressions Art Exhibit in Carmichael, CA) and Best in Show – 3rd Place (FRESH Exhibit at South Bay Contemporary – 2014), and in 2018 her assemblage, “My Soul Is Not for Sale” was purchased for the Lancaster Museum of Art and History’s permanent collection.

Alice Marie Perreault | All The King’s Men

Alice Marie Perrault
Artist in Residence, Shoebox Projects

Reception Sunday September 16th 3-6pm
A.I.R. August 27th to September 16th

Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
LA Ca 90031

All The King’s Men

‘All The Kings Men’ by CGU graduate, Alice Marie Perreault will open for one day at Shoebox Projects in L.A. on September 16, 2018

This mixed media installation references an English fairy tale that stems from the fall of powerful leaders. Jump forward in time and Lewis Caroll resurrects the main character in egg form in his story, Alice Through The Looking Glass.

In ‘All The Kings Men,’ Perreault reshapes the metaphor of Humpty and brings him home to a setting that is ‘no more, no less’ than what she claims it to be- a reaction to the neglect she experiences in society for people who are the most dependent. Considering the popular, albeit fictional, conversation between Alice and Humpty about mastery to change the meaning of any word, Perreault decided to change the original fairy tale- or at least, the ending.

Perreault combines her art materials with medical necessities from her intimate rituals of caretaking within a domestic, yet medically fragile setting to intersect art with science and civics. She uses fragility as a means to strength that stretches people’s limitations, most of which are self-imposed and influenced by outside agencies. Her narrative sits on the awareness of death as fodder for human adult behavior, be that behavior just or unjust in the wavering landscape of power and judgment.

In “All The King’s Men” purple studs of an open wall slice through a setting that is a bit absurd under the guise of structure. Wood, plastic, metal, glass paint, oil paint, resin, rubber and egg-shells reveal the care of one for another through an undying nature of love.

‘All The King’s Men’ can be seen at Shoebox Projects in the Brewery at 660 South Avenue 21 #3, Los Angeles on September 16, from 3:00- 6:00pm.

More of Perreault’s art can been seen on her website at