DOSSHAUS (Zoey Taylor, David Connelly) Los Angeles "Indestructible Object"
In the lobby of a government building sits a stack of cardboard boxes that a recent MFA graduate is daring to pass off as a conceptual art.
Wait. This is so last month.
But there they are. On a pedestal, no less.
The boxes are in the group show “Outside the Box 2” at Las Vegas City Hall Grand Gallery, which runs through August 30. They double as a backdrop for other art made of materials removed from its utilitarian context; Cardboard converted into alternative icons that range from anvils and faces now greet people walking into an environment built for civic functionality.
Local artist Bobbie Ann Howell’s “Peace” is work with gentle details on cardboard shaped into birds; and Lisa Dittrich’s fixates on the organic chaos of a small bee “Bumbling Around.”
They are joined by established artists from outside the region who are advancing the paper movement of ephemeral art creations. Los Angeles-based Dosshaus, David Connelly and Zoey Taylor, recently had an installation at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles that has viewers line up to be immersed in their cardboard-toon world. The two-person collective sent a piece that looks like it was dropped in from a Warner’s Bros. cartoon to help a coyote in pursuit of a desert roadrunner.
Shannon Goff, from State College PA, sent “Cuckoo” out West, a timepiece that hints of the details you would experience with the artist's larger intricate handcrafted paper sculptures. UK artist, Fabric Lenny, uses drawing and color meandering line that wanders on shape to form animated folk-ish images that would feel at home as street art street.
If there was someone being featured, it is Warren King’s monumental faces, inspired by his first trip to China and a visit to the village of his forebears. Also in the exhibition are King’s smaller sculptures that are a rendering of physical movement, pushing the idea of cardboard art being static upcycling of discarded materials.
As for the box installation it is a smaller version of “Artifact Pyramidal” that was first seen at The Beam. They still work as an abstraction of future archiving. Since they now sit in City Hall, consider it a pop-art symbol of paperwork.
Outside the Box 2
June 21 – August 30, 2018
Las Vegas City Hall Grand Gallery
Bobbie Ann Howell
“Blue, Yellow, and Red Hero”
ABOVE: Luis Varela Rico