Call for Artists-in-Residence 2018/2019

Rebecca Bennett Duke

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Artist-in-Residence at Shoebox Projects

Los Angeles, California

Deadline January 31, 2018 at midnight PST

 

Shoebox Projects, located at the Brewery Art Community in Los Angeles, California, is a project space that features work-only artist-in-residence space as well as gallery space. Founded in 2016 by Kristine Schomaker of Shoebox PR and Art and Cake, the residency is designed to allow emerging contemporary artists time and space to create new work exploring their practice.

Artists may submit a proposal of a project which will utilize the space as a studio to create new work. The residency will culminate in a solo closing reception that is promoted across Shoebox’s extensive network of art world influencers and press.

Proposals must have a contemporary art focus showing experimentation and career reach for the artist. We are especially interested in projects that involve social practice and push the artists’ work into new arenas of practice or theory. We urge artists to propose involving the public in their creative process.

 

Program Goals:

  • To offer support and space to artists who are ready to move their work forward in the contemporary art landscape;
  • To encourage artists to experiment and explore their concepts amongst a community of artists.

 

Eligibility:

  • The residency is open to Southern California artists only, with a preference to Los Angeles area artists;
  • We are interested in emerging artists who show a strong drive to move their career forward;
  • Mid-career artists will be considered if they can show the residency will provide the catalyst for a significant change in direction.

 

Details of Residency:

  • The period of residency is either 3 or 6 weeks;
  • Residencies begins June 2018 and are being filled through 2019;
  • Cost to the artist is $300 for 3 weeks or $600 for 6 weeks; A $75 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance of residency in order to hold your space;
  • The obligation from the artist will include being present within the space a minimum of 20 hours a week;
  • 225 Square Foot Studio/Gallery space at the Brewery Art Colony;
  • A 30% commission will be put on all sold work;
  • The project space is flexible daytime work only (i.e., no live-in accommodation);.

 

To Apply:

  • Letter of interest explaining your specific interest in working with Shoebox Projects along with a proposed idea for utilizing the space;
  • Artist bio;
  • Artist statement;
  • Link to artist website and relevant social media;
  • Selection of 10-15 jpeg images of recent work;
  • Give preferred availability for 2018-2019. and let us know if you would like the space for 3 or 6 weeks.

 

  • Please send your proposal via dropbox to shoeboxpr@gmail.com;
  • Title folder “{your name} – Shoebox Projects Residency”;
  • Email shoeboxprojectsla@gmail.com to alert us that the file is there.

 

We will send confirmation of receipt within 48 hours. Proposals may take 6-8 weeks after deadline to be considered.

 

Dwora Fried and Bibi Davidson
Chenhung Chen
“Off the Wall” – small works show
Diane Williams
Karrie Ross
Katie Shanks, Cece Caro, Stephanie Sherwood
Mike McLain
Susan Amorde
Susan Feldman and Jennifer Gunlock

Mike McLain | Carolina Calling

Mike McLain

Carolina Calling

Shoebox Projects
Artist residency and exhibition
660 South Avenue 21 #3
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Residency:
July 13 – August 13, 2017

Closing reception:
Sunday, August 13, 3pm – 6pm

mikemclainart.com
shoeboxprojects.com

(Los Angeles) – Artist Mike McLain is a boundary-pushing artist who defies the expectations of any media he uses. His unique and hypnotic artwork often involves installation, digital imagery, sculpture, drawing and painting. The initial visual impact of his work is highly attractive, while his materials and process evoke questions and help maintain interest, creating extended viewer interaction and deeper connectivity. McLain combines many juxtaposing visuals, which pushes the work toward chaos but maintains its composure. His work touches on the humanity of flaws, the humility of imperfection, and comments on the complex issues of being human and interacting in a society.

Interested in the constant underlying history—and more recently contemporary atrocities—of the systematic racism in the United States, particularly in the Southeast, McLain is fascinated by the American tradition of sweeping the country’s racist and bigoted past under the rug. McLain believes that pretending racism is a condition of the past is not a solution for our future; it only drives that problem deeper into the undercurrents of our culture where it continues to poison societal function and separate people even further. With the necessity of Black Lives Matter holding a spotlight on inequality in the justice system, as well as the rise to power of bigoted Donald Trump, McLain feels a need to examine with an unflinching eye the attitudes around race imbedded in our culture.

During his residency at Shoebox Projects, McLain will expand upon a previous exploratory piece called Carolina Calling. He will research his family history and build work around what he finds, and use them to create a dialogue with his own personal childhood memories of dealing with issues of racism, growing up in a Southern family, based in the Carolinas. Using various media, McLain plans to create a large installation with a variety of imagery, sculpture, drawing and video work to illustrate an experience that touches on his familial history of white privilege and the poison of a racist society. Just as the descendants of slaves are forced to accept the history that is in their DNA, so must those who carry the familial legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation from the other side of the aisle. He hopes to gain understanding through this project, of how racism is perpetuated in white culture, and by bringing it to the forefront of the greater public consciousness he will be able to find freedom from its damaging tyranny, and help the public see a path beyond the bigotry and prejudice inherent in this country’s history.

About the artist:
Mike McLain received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2010. His work has been shown in Los Angeles, Illinois, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree and Las Vegas. He has had six solo shows of his work and has been in over forty group exhibitions. He has also curated a number of art exhibitions in Los Angeles, Pomona, Joshua Tree, and at the Coachella Valley Art Center in Indio, where he recently was an artist-in-residence.

About Shoebox Projects:
Shoebox Projects is a new experimental art space in DTLA, where emerging and mid-career 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 and Art and Cake, Shoebox Projects intends to give artists a chance to recharge and renew their relationship with their work.

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Diane Williams “My America”

June/July 2017

Diane Williams
“My America”

Artist residency and exhibition at Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Residency from June 5 – July 9, 2017
Closing reception: Saturday, July 8th, 3pm – 6pm

dianewilliamsartist.com
shoeboxprojects.com/

 

Diane Williams is a multidisciplinary artist whose work stems from the political and social landscape that surrounds her—specifically the ethnically diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles. She uses art as a call to arms, creating works that explore issues about immigrants and gender to encouraging cultural and social understanding.

In her series Monsters & Aliens, Williams created masks woven from shredded paintings and discarded materials and wore these masks in performances where the masks clearly signed for “other.” She wanted viewers to question what they feared from strangers and to begin to examine their own prejudices with respect to race and gender. In a mixed media work entitled Fractured but not Broken, she also displayed the masked and fragmented female body– depicting the disparate body parts in photographs and drawings, overlaid with Plexiglas and blue and yellow duralar. This human scaled work confronted viewers declaring, “see me for who I am — not as a cultural stereotype.”

During her residency at Shoebox Projects, Williams will create a site-specific installation that further explores ideas of marginalization by physically dividing the space. In addition, she will embark on a new series of works that track the surges in hate crimes since the inauguration of President Trump. In her work, Williams seeks to find a common ground between the works she makes and the community at large. For example in the participatory piece, This in my America, she asks viewers to write the first name of an immigrant they know and their relationship to that person on a piece of paper and then post it on a wall. Collectively illustrating the idea of an extended community.

 

About the artist:
Diane Williams is a multi disciplinary artist and an emerging curator living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her BFA degree from California State University, Long Beach in 2013. Her work has been featured in select publications and exhibited in solo shows and several group exhibitions including Personal Narrative at the Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica, With Liberty and Justice for Some at Walter Maciel, Culver City (2017), Countenance Divine, at Gallery 825, Los Angeles, and Defend & Advance, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles (2016).

About Shoebox Projects:
Shoebox Projects is a new experimental art space in DTLA, where emerging and mid-career 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 and Art and Cake, Shoebox Projects intends to give artists a chance to recharge and renew their relationship with their work.

Call for Artists-in-Residence 2017

CALL FOR ARTISTS

 

Artist-in-Residence at Shoebox Projects

Los Angeles, California

 

Deadline September 30th at midnight PST

 

Shoebox Projects, located at the Brewery Art Community in Los Angeles California, is a new artist residency founded in 2016 by Kristine Schomaker.  In association with Shoebox PR and Art and Cake, the residency is designed to allow emerging contemporary artists time and space to create new work exploring their practice.

 

Artists may submit a proposal of a project which will utilize the space as a studio to create new work. The residency will culminate in a solo show at Shoebox Projects. Proposals must have a contemporary art focus showing experimentation and career reach for the artist. We are especially interested in projects that involve social practice and push the artists’ work into new arenas of practice or theory. We urge artists to propose involving the public in their creative process.

 

Program Goals

  • To offer support and space to artists who are ready to move their work forward in the contemporary art landscape;

  • To encourage artists to experiment and explore their concepts amongst a community of artists.

Eligibility

  • The residency is open to Southern California artists only, with a preference to Los Angeles area artists;

  • We are interested in emerging artists who show a strong drive to move their career forward;

  • Mid-career artists will be considered if they can show the residency will provide the catalyst for a significant change in direction.

Details of Residency

  • The period of residency is one month;

  • Residencies begins February 13th 2017 and are being filled through 2017;

  • Cost to the Artist is $300 all-inclusive; A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance of residency in order to hold your space;

  • 225 Square Foot Studio/Gallery space at the Brewery Art Colony;

  • A 30% commission will be put on all sold work;

  • The project space is flexible daytime work only (i.e., no live-in accommodation);

  • Shoebox PR marketing is not included, but will be considered for the duration of the residency at a discounted event rate.

To Apply:

  • Letter of interest explaining your specific interest in working with Shoebox Projects along with a proposed idea for utilizing the space;

  • Artist bio;

  • Artist statement;

  • Link to artist website and relevant social media;

  • Selection of 10-15 jpeg images of recent work;

  • Give preferred availability for 2017;

  • Please send your proposal via dropbox to shoeboxpr@gmail.com;

  • Title folder “{your name} – Shoebox Projects Residency”;

  • Email shoeboxprojectsla@gmail.com to alert us that the file is there.

We will send confirmation of receipt within 48 hours. Proposals may take 6-8 weeks to be considered.

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Shoebox Projects, experimental project space at the Brewery Art Community in Los Angeles California

Introducing “Shoebox Projects” and “Art and Cake”

 

Shoebox PR is a boutique marketing agency specializing in contemporary artists, events and exhibitions. Our artists show considerable talent and have the drive to build a successful career in the arts. Just over two years old, Shoebox is the fastest growing arts marketing agency in the Los Angeles area.

As part of our mission to introduce our clients to the art world, Shoebox PR is expanding and reorganizing. While Shoebox PR will continue to provide stellar quality marketing and promotion services to our clients, we are proud to introduce Art and Cake, a contemporary art blog that focuses on the LA art scene. The former Shoebox PR blog focused strictly on our clients, Art and Cake will widen that focus to include all that is new and exciting in the LA contemporary art scene. We want to reach a broader audience to highlight the amazing energy of contemporary art in our city.

Also under development is a new experimental project space that will give emerging artists the opportunity to develop and show experimental work. Opening in November, Shoebox Projects will have a physical space at the Brewery Art Community. The gallery will host a solo show by Los Angeles Artist Tony Pinto as our inaugural exhibition.

Both Shoebox PR and Art and Cake will operate under the umbrella of the newly-formed company, Shoebox Projects. Headed by Director, Kristine Schomaker, Shoebox Projects will be a vehicle for building artist reputations and exciting interest in LA’s contemporary arts.

Tony Pinto
Tony Pinto