Sep 14th 2018

Bryan Northup: Out of the BOX

@ Oak Park Art League

720 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

Opening Friday, September 14th, from 7PM - 9PM

On view through Friday, October 5th

The Oak Park Art League’s September exhibit, Out of the Box, features an installation and collaborative exhibition curated by eco-artist Bryan Northup.

Using unconventional, found materials often tossed in the trash bin, Oak Park Art League, Artist Member Bryan Northup will create a site-specific sculptural installation that will incorporate submissions from an open call for artists.

Artists are asked to transform a box of their choosing into a work of art that fits within their own body of work.
The Oak Park Art League (OPAL) presents Out of the Box! This call challenges artists to investigate the outer corners of creativity and processes through the ubiquitous and utilitarian box (made of any material). Participating artists are invited to use their chosen media or examine new methods to transform this mundane cube into a gallery-worthy work of art. In exploring the duality of practical vs precious, artists may paint, collage, cut, contort, fill, weave, laminate, ornament, or adapt their box in any way they choose to create 2D, 3D, or installation work for this artist collective in OPAL’s historic Carriage House Gallery.

*Artists may use any box of their choosing with the longest dimension being no longer than 30″
​Opening Reception –September 14, 7-9pm, Judged Exhibit

This installation is my attempt to upend some of the compartmentalized notions about our daily requirements for convenience and constant stream of plastic-wrapped, worry-free consumables. With our attention focused on satisfying our cravings now, how little do we think of the part a wrapper, bag, cup or straw plays into the delivery of our nourishment or unnecessary treat, let alone the part it plays in the ecosystem for decades to come. Are we trading off poisoning us, for poisoning others? We are wasting mountains of resources and leaving behind a massive wake of plastic and foam that will last forever, a time capsule to attest to the shortsightedness of our species.

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