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

About a Box – A ‘Shoebox’ Residency

“About a Box”
An artist-in-residence in a shoebox
at Shoebox Projects

Opening Reception August 12, 3-6pm
On view August 12 to August 26 by appointment

All shoeboxes are on sale for $500

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

Shoebox Projects has always been a space to present alternative programming for artists. They recently opened “The Closet” in Shoebox Projects (run by The Shed Collective) as an alternative to alternative spaces to allow artists an outside-of-the-box (or inside) opportunity for creating new work in an unusual space. Creating an artist-in-residence program, Shoebox Projects offers artists space which has become an incubator for experimentation, inspiration and community.

The natural next step was to give artists an even more unique space to create work, experiment and transform their art practice. This space became the shoebox.

Please join us on August 12th to see the culmination of the residency and witness how each of the artists has transformed their shoebox.

Featuring: Debby Kline Larry Kline Nancy Larrew Diane Williams Susan J Osborn Nancy Kay Turner Emily Wiseman Dani Dodge Jennifer Gunlock Kayla Cloonan Chenhung Chen Debbie Korbel Elizabeth Tinglof Lorraine Heitzman Susan T. Kurland Frederika Beesemyer Roeder Karen Hochman Brown Cathy Immordino Steve Seleska Colin Roberts Pranay Reddy Randi Matushevitz Maya Kabat Katya Usvitsky Catherine Ruane Bibi Davidson Dwora Fried Linda Sue Price Ashley Hagen Vincent Tomczyk Don Porcella



Chelsea Dean at Shoebox Projects

Please join us for the culmination of Chelsea Dean’s artist-in-residence at Shoebox Projects, “Remnants of Ambition”

Reception, August 5th, 3-6pm

“For the past four years, I have been combing the Mojave Desert, wandering in and out of abandoned homesteads, taking pictures and collecting artifacts. These relics have served as reminders that someone used to occupy these once-hopeful spaces. It is here that I find myself drawn to the multitude of textures, colors, and patterns that live within the detritus. I have carefully gathered planks of splintered wood with the paint peeling off, lugged rusted-out pieces of metal across the desert floor, and gathered too many broken pieces of mirrors, tiles and windows to count. These bits of history excite me, and have been accumulating in my studio waiting for life to be breathed back into them. For my residency at Shoebox Projects, I will be creating a series of sculptures or wall hangings using the found objects from my adventures in Wonder Valley. The final product will be an immersive installation that places my 3D pieces in situ with collages/works that I have already created from my recent body of work.”

// Artist Statement //

I am a Los Angeles-based artist whose work embodies systems that erode. I salvage history, suspending the architecture of Southern California in time with a process

Kim Abeles 3.9 in The Closet in Shoebox Projects

Kim Abeles 3.9

Opening Sunday July 8th 1-4pm
in conjunction with the CSUN Arts Alumni Small Works Fundraiser

On view by Appt through August 5th

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

The Closet is a part of The Shed Collective

“Beginning in 1994, I collected audio for an artwork entitled 3.9. I collected a minute of sound each day, noting the time, for 1440 minutes in order to capture a full 24-hour period. It took 3.9 years to reach 1440 days/1440 minutes.

I’m compiling the tapes to create a version of 3.9 to be exhibited at The Closet at Shoebox Projects. I see this unusual space as a persona, enterable by visitors one at a time. Think of a sensory deprivation chamber with shifts of location and years made audible. Time and geography reorganize as minutes of a day. Taken from a master clock and ignoring conventional time keeping, the container of my life is defined by its own construct.

The piece spans both sides of the equator, and the first of these audio fragments was gathered 24 years ago. My daughter Zoë, who can be heard often in the minutes, is now 29 and now has her own daughter. Voices of my grandparents, or friends like artist Karl Matson and gallerist Bill Bartman, all of whom have died, rise from the audiotapes as if it’s today. Conversations with lovers remind me of best choices and worst mistakes. The minutes range from snoring roommates, trips to the dentist, to city-wide cheers in Rio during a soccer match between Brazil and Ghana for the Olympics.

I started 3.9 at a difficult time in my life, when a minute was about all I could bear in a day. I see now that it is an unabashed accounting of a life, excavated decades later, as if a ghost trailed to this moment.”

Funded in part through the Abeles’ 2015 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

KIM ABELES is an artist whose community-based projects explore biography, geography and environment. She has created projects with the California Science Center, air pollution control agencies, health clinics and mental health departments, and natural history museums in California, Colorado and Florida. Abeles received the 2013 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and is a recipient of fellowships from J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, California Community Foundation and Pollack-Krasner Foundation. In 1987, she innovated a method to create images from the smog in the air, and Smog Collectors brought her work to national and international attention. She is currently working on sculptural suitcases for Camp Ground: Arts, Corrections and Fire Management in the Santa Monica Mountains that embeds artists in the Los Angeles County Fire Department to work in collaboration with the paid and inmate workforces. Her work is in public collections including MOCA, LACMA, Berkeley Art Museum, California African American Museum, and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Abeles’ journals, books, and process documents are archived at the Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art.

THE CLOSET IN SHOEBOX PROJECTS is one of the sister galleries of the newly formed SHED COLLECTIVE, a group of “alternative to alternative” galleries located in Los Angeles, Ca. These spaces are not your typical run-of-the-mill galleries. They are tiny, located in residential backyards and other unique crevices where very cool and innovative art happens.

This concept started out as a joke between the co-founders: Kristine Schomaker, Cathy Immordino, Sheli Silverio and Diane Williams, then recognized how much the art community needs more spaces to show art in fun and non-traditional spaces. So… they made it happen!

CSUN Arts Alumni Small Works Show

CSUN Arts Alumni Small Works Show

in conjunction with an installation by CSUN Professor Emeritus Kim Abeles in The Closet in Shoebox Projects, a part of The Shed Collective, a new alternative art space.

Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3 LA Ca 90031

Reception – Sunday July 8th 1-4pm

Participating artists so far: Ashley Hagen, Emily Wiseman, Nurit Avesar, Emily Sudd, Erika Ostrander, Elizabeth Tinglof, Erika Lizée, Farnaz Sabet, Garen Novruzyan, Sara Alavikia, Stuart Rapaport, Theresa Knopf Morgan, Zeina Baltagi, Kristine Schomaker, Rain Lucien Matheke, Nicole Guerrera, Cintia Segovia, Catherine Bennaton, Cory Sewelson, Holly Boruck, Monica Sandoval, Alexsandra Papoban, Susan T Kurland, Emily Blythe Jones, Rebecca Bennett Duke

PLUS we have a framed print from Lynn Aldrich which will be raffled off. We are super excited about this!

(If you are a CSUN Arts Alumni and would like to participate you can get more info here on how to submit. There is still time:

We are a young alumni chapter of the CSUN Alumni Association with a goal to keep connections through both exhibition and curatorial opportunities, artist talks, social gatherings and promoting the accomplishments of our incredibly talented alumni.

Please support the CSUN Arts Alumni Association through this Fundraiser Art Exhibition. 50% will go to artist with 50% to CSUN Arts Alumni Association to help fund future exhibitions, portfolio reviews, critiques and more.

Lynn Aldrich print (image in thread)
People in Real Estate, 1997
Iris print on cotton paper, Edition of 6

For a year of Sundays, I went through the “Your Valley” editions of the Los Angeles Times, checking out the black and white portraits of real estate agents in the advertising supplement. Every week, new faces of men and women, posed by professional photographers, appeared beside their sales promotions and accomplishments. Finally, I selected twenty-five of the women only, arranged them in a grid, and printed it with the fonts lifted from the newspaper.

In many ways, this print helped identify my major themes moving forward as an artist. I would collect objects from the consumerist culture, particularly with the oddly suburban/celebrity glam of the San Fernando Valley/Hollywood influence. Then back in the studio, I would arrange them in a simple accumulation, with little manipulation on my part. My work became more three-dimensional, but I never lost the desire to reveal layers of metaphor buried in the most obvious of objects and situations.

In art school, I remember thinking too bad I can’t have Urban Angst. Didn’t seem appropriate in El Lay. We seem to have more of an underlying anxiety – humor comingled with pathos, extravagance covering over loss, dreams flirting with disaster.

Lynn Aldrich

Image in cover photo a detail of work by Emily Sudd



Debby and Larry Kline’s “The Candy Store” Opens June 9th



Shoebox Projects is pleased to present Los Angeles duo Larry and Debby Kline’s piece The Candy Store. By way of symbols between contemporary and ancient artifacts, the mixed-media installation surveys rising healthcare costs and its impact upon a subsequent increase in self-diagnosis and treatment. By providing medicinal candies and other objects with prescription pharmaceuticals incorporated into them as art media. Many objects, for example, are ceramic works with medicines baked into the glazes. These inconsumable medicinal talismans are a welcome addition to the panoply of healthcare choices and are guaranteed to meet or exceed FDA standards for safety or effectiveness.

In alarming numbers, those with limited access to medical care have turned to self-diagnosis and medication, often crossing the borders in search of affordable drugs. While large segments of the population lack health insurance, the privileged are often over-medicated, using “mind focusing” drugs to enhance test scores and relying on pharmaceuticals as treatment for conditions once held as normal variations in personality and temperament. The Candy Store is a natural extension of these trends, providing greater access to medication, through the placebo effect.

Debby and Larry Kline are collaborative artists, whose works have been featured in many solo exhibitions, including Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (San Francisco), California Center for the Arts Museum, La Casa del Tunel Art Center (Tijuana), Southwestern College Art Gallery, Mesa College Art Gallery and Athenaeum Music and Arts Library. Their work was featured in “Nature/Nation,” an international exhibition of environmental artists at Museum on the Seam (Israel), which involved traveling to Jerusalem and creating a 1 ton adobe structure on the roof of the museum. They have participated in The Center for Land Use Interpretation’s residency program and were featured artists at BEYOND the BORDER: International Contemporary Art Fair and Art San Diego 2013 Contemporary Art Fair. Their work has received international acclaim and coverage in both fine arts and mainstream publications. They have also been awarded three grants from The Gunk Foundation, NY, and grants from Potrero Nuevo Fund, San Francisco, and Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles. They were recently awarded the 2013 San Diego Art Prize and Established Artist Grant, which recognizes the work of some of the most accomplished artists in the San Diego region.

Shoebox Projects is located at:
660 S. Ave 21 #3
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Open by appointment

Chelsea Boxwell – “Something Extra,” in The Closet

Chelsea Boxwell
Something Extra

Opening Saturday June 9th 3-6pm
On view through July 1st by Appointment

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

The Closet at Shoebox Projects is pleased to present its upcoming exhibit Something Extra by L.A. artist Chelsea Boxwell, whose paintings push boundaries and traditions of the medium. A recent MFA graduate from Claremont Graduate University, Boxwell focused on painting as installation with multi-medias and quite a bit of glitter during her studies. She attempts to transform what painting can be in her work as she now extends her painterly vocabulary within the parameters of The Closet in Shoebox Projects. In this tiny broom closet, Chelsea will attempt to make something quite small and ordinary into something seemingly large and extraordinary.

Her interest in alchemy–a derivation from the medieval practice of chemistry created in an attempt to transform base metals into gold–though never officially successful, is both a source of fascination for the artist as well as in popular culture. One definition of Alchemy is “a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or combination”. Boxwell refers to her studio practice as a combination of what transforms and evolves in her studio and gives credit to influences like magic, fantasies, and fairy tales. The so-called ‘fairy tales’ that strike her interest though, are the stories of other worlds, the possibilities of Wonderland, Neverland, OZ or Narnia. Now Chelsea will create her own Narnia in this dark, little closet inside Shoebox Projects, more associated with the simple, contemporary definition of Alchemy; “the ability to transform something ordinary into something extraordinary.”

Boxwell comments, “Generally, I feel like I make art for myself, or ‘art for art’s sake.’ I just make what I want, and here, I’m going to make a sequin-filled closet because I can. But there is a goal in making this for viewers. I think it’s an optimistic kind of goal. To brighten up someone’s day by literally brightening something up that will make someone want to maybe take a minute away from being an ‘adult’ and just bask in something shiny.”


The Closet is one of the sister galleries of the newly formed Shed Collective, a group of “alternative to alternative” galleries located in Los Angeles, Ca. These spaces are not your typical run-of-the-mill galleries. They are tiny, located in residential backyards and other unique crevices where very cool and innovative art happens.

This concept started out as a joke between the co-founders: Kristine Schomaker, Cathy Immordino, Sheli Silverio and Diane Williams, then recognized how much the art community needs more spaces to show art in fun and non-traditional spaces. So… they made it happen!

Francisco Alvarado and Robert Soffian Collaborate at Shoebox Projects May 5th


Francisco Alvarado and Robert Soffian

From Robert and Francisco:
Our Residency is intended to be a time for graceful conversation and exploration. Our goals include: exploring new materials and modeling and learning techniques to motivate change in our practices. We hope a deep dive into our discrete and disparate strategies will describe a circle of thought community.

An important aspect of this residency will be to invite the involvement of viewers into the experience using the same tools we used to create art Symbols, stamps, iPad etc etc.

The process will culminate with an installation which reflects our process and alters place where it exists – Meaning exists in Meeting.


Francisco Alvarado

My work reflects life experiences through various colorful abstractions.
My inspiration comes from nature and my travels.
Using bold colors and patterns I am constantly exploring new creations currently on display.

I utilize both technology and hands on manipulation of acrylic paint, mixed media and digital imaging to create my work.
My series, Without Brushes, consists of drawings made on an iPad and later finished with a photo editing tool. These artistic explorations took me in a new direction of combining my paintings into a series of Digital Art.

I am a member of the Los Angeles Art Association/ Gallery 825 and the Silver Lake Art Community (SLAC). In 2017 “After Nice” (France) received an award and was purchased into the permanent collection of the W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery- INK AND CLAY43. In 2012 Received an award at the INK AND CLAY 38.
I am also an active member of the FAUX SHO’, a bimonthly group show that focuses on different art movement/genre, where every show is interpreted by a diverse group of artists, each negotiating the fine balance of replication and free interpretation of a masterpiece.

Robert Soffian

I am painter who utilizes neo-archaic images and forms. I communicate narratives by way of a private vocabulary comprised of ideograms, vibrant scenic metaphors, glyphs, and disguised figures in motion. I manipulate these forms by altering and juxtaposing handmade stamps like in a puzzle. These etching- like vehicles can be used in a multitude of variations. They morph and age through a process of combination and re-shaping. By revisiting non-rational ancient sources, I see my work as a mythology. I craft my paintings as psychic landscapes. My practice has been influenced by a long career as a theatre director and lighting designer (40 years). The elements of play are strong influences as are improvisation and chance. I am interested in telling lyrical stories symbolically. Seeing the picture frame as a place to enact stories of characters in action energizes me. In my younger years I studied classical archeology and that has influenced my approach to my practice. I have a deep interest in paleontology as well. There is also an element of repetition and the industrial in my process of stamp making. I find this freeing. I often work in series painting in oil, ink, gouache and dye. However, I am always experimenting with materials and surfaces and techniques …papers of all kinds, wood, canvas, aluminum. Recently I have been doing many types of frottage(rubbings) and adding collage of photos and other materials. My palette tends to be wildly colorful. I find I am attracted to the lyrical essence of things. In a sense my entire practice is a negotiation between the formal qualities of paint and the conceptual. There is always an idea there, a first principle… This guiding impulse finds its best expression through being open to the qualities of the new materials I discover. So in this process the old becomes new again.