Boxes hold secrets. They might contain treasures or memories, mysteries or gifts. They might lie stacked in a dusty attic, filled with yellowing photographs and moth-eaten clothes, or be wrapped in bright paper and contain something precious. Pandora’s box, of course, held all of the miseries of the world, all of the lies, deceit, scolding, despair, accusation, envy, gossip, drudgery, scheming and old age. The very act of combining objects in the space of the box connects them and gives them new meaning together, as a collection. And boxes can be used to confine and limit, to define in a narrow tidy way, or to imprison. Ten Artspan artists construct and explore the use of boxes in a wide range of media and styles.
“Old basements and attics, dumpsters, and objects found while walking the dog, have always held a fascination for me.” Says Will Hubscher, and he combines these found objects with his unique printmaking process to create assemblages, many of which take the form of boxes overflowing with curiosities. “What is cast off by society, thrown out, and discarded, may still hold value in this world as it is repurposed and recycled into something new, something interesting, something now wanted and appreciated again by the world. I find that a bit of fence, some rusty nails, an old doll, twigs, broken chair legs, and bedazzling costume jewelry can all come together to become something new and interesting.