Occasionally the Georgetown Art Center has theme-based art shows. In February they had one called “Little Boxes,” which was inspired by the Sixties protest song of the same name by Malvina Reynolds. To be honest, I had never heard the song until then, but the title piqued my interest, given my affinity for little boxes of a totally different nature of those in the song. So I got to work on a couple pieces.

I wanted to show this first photo as an example of a finished piece can have only the slightest resemblance to how it looks when first started. Taking the “Little Boxes” to heart, I started throwing together any and all little boxes nearby:


It didn’t have much focus, so took it apart and tried again. What I did get out of it was that I liked the metal boxes on the outside, which are venetian blind brackets, something that has showed up time and time again in my art, but not in recent history. So after a refresh, it looked like this:


The most notable addition is the TV in the center. Cheri found it during one of her hunts, and it is in fact a salt-and-pepper shaker. Both its visual appearance, as well as its actual use were fitting for the theme of the show, so it became the centerpiece.


Added some stereo knobs and other bits and bobs, and the piece just needed to all be attached at this point. Will go onto the second piece before we see the final photos.

I wanted the second work to be similar to the first, but not the same. Playing with the subject, I decided upon a baby carriage atop a stool. Here is an early shot:


Where the first piece had yellows and oranges in the center, this one was more blue-green and copper. The background images for both of these pieces come from a 1957 book on interior design. I added the blue-green wash on this one as the baby carriage was getting lost in the detail.


Not a lot of progress photos on this one, so let’s skip to the finished pieces:

The first one is called “A Sunny, Livable Room.” It is 14 x 12 x 3 inches and is available for $400 plus shipping. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Little Boxes I - CenterLittle Boxes I - LeftLittle Boxes I - Right

The second one is called “A Common Household Danger.” It is 14 x 12 x 3 inches and is available for $400 plus shipping. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Little Boxes II - RightLittle Boxes II - LeftLittle Boxes II - Center

Finally, just wanted to share a picture of me on opening night with both of the pieces. 🙂

Little Boxes Show

Little Boxes
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