May 19 deadline for 2017 Operation Art Box Submissions
Get hip to the deets
Weekly Alibi is currently accepting artists' design submissions for our Operation Art Box project and May 19 is this year's deadline for arguments and illustrations coherently explaining in some detail why and how you would transform an Alibi box. Throw in some examples of your past and current artistic endeavors while you're at it. Using "art box" in the subject line, email us at email@example.com or address snail mail to "Art Box" c/o Weekly Alibi Circulation Department, 413 Central NW, ABQ, NM 87102; drop proposals off in person at the same address or hit us up on Facebook. All submissions must include your full name, a working telephone number and the right stuff.
Think Outside the Box
The not so annual Alibi art box competition
These ain't the kind of dishes you serve food on
Winter Wonderland Fashion Show at the SUB tonight
Local retro-fashions boutique 66 Pin-Ups presents a very well-sponsored fashion show of retro styles this evening in Ballroom C of the Student Union Building on the main campus of the University of New Mexico. Reasons to attend: It's a benefit for Engineers Without Borders; beautiful women (and men) wearing nifty threads; Paul Higdon's much-lauded Range Box from Alibi's 2012 Operation Art Box will be used as a prop.
Of course after the show the Range Box will be returned to it's home at Sister Bar, where being surrounded by beautiful and handsome people is par for the course.
The hot boxes of 2012
Danny Skinz work in progress
Operation Art Box update
2012 Art Boxer and internationally renowned muralist Danny Skinz actually disassembled his Weekly Alibi newspaper box and bolted three sides of it to a wall, creating ready made detail panels that will also stand alone as one piece -if he ever gets the box back together.
Seriously though, look for Danny's piece as well as eleven other brilliantly modified Alibi boxes at Boro Gallery next month, where there will also be a month long group show (opening Friday September 7th) featuring non-circulation themed work by 2012 Art Boxers.
At first glance, painter Melissa Morgan's Enter Anthropocene embraces an ethereal, flower-childlike bond between humans and nature. But that's where Cassidy Watt—owner of Metallo Gallery (2863 Hwy. 14, Madrid)—says Morgan shows her sleight of hand for subtle metaphor. "There is a celebration in the paintings because they're very beautiful and pretty," says Watt, "but I think there's also a warning there."
Operation Art Box
Weekly Alibi is currently accepting submissions for this year's Operation Art Box, which last year saw more than a dozen Alibi boxes transformed into engaging works of street art. Not all newspaper boxes are created equal, however. Although they must be placed in a sheltered area, I am particularly fond of the "cage box" because they are unusual and cast interesting shadows. They're edgy. Why not turn it into a vintage birdcage, or a traveling circus cage wagon? The cage box could be used to make a statement about America's staggeringly high incarceration rate. A memorial to the 1980 New Mexico State Prison riot wouldn't be hard to imagine.
Deadline for submissions has been extended to July 19th.
Operation Art Box Returns
Regardless of how adept your street art skills are, if you decide to go guerilla and throw up a piece in a prominent public location, chances are it'll get buffed pretty quick. Murals and sculpture are some of the most aesthetically alluring components to this city's streets. But government grants notwithstanding, it’s hard to manufacture public art in a way that’ll have a widely recognized, lasting effect.