operation art box
There’s an Art Box Coming
Alibi’s Public art contest moves forward
Think Outside the Box
The not so annual Alibi art box competition
Operation Art Box returns!
It’s like Christmas around here when the revamped distribution cubes start making their way back to our office. The project, conceived by Circulation Manager Geoffrey Plant, asks local artists to overhaul those blue cubes that house the Alibi each week. Plant delivers the boxes to the artists, and then, a month later, picks them all back up. The staff here gets all excited as the cubes roll back into our offices.
Truly, the artists’ good work is fuel for us. You know how creativity is.
Plant penned a feature this week on all of the participants. Their nonbox artwork is also still being displayed at Boro Gallery (317 Gold SW) through the end of the month.
Cubes of Beauty
Operation Art Box, part deux
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 flows on
While taking in some sun the other other day on the patio of my favorite Nob Hill watering hole, I heard an uproar of laughs behind me. I turned and saw a dog happily besmirching one of my favorite Alibi art boxes with a mighty stream of urine. After confirming that the canine in question was not employed by any rival news outlets, I concluded he had most likely overindulged and decided to leave the matter at that.
Moral of the story: It's art box season. Click the above link to see how you can personalize your very own Alibi distribution box. Selected artists will also get stipend cash, prizes, inclusion in a big art show and the gratification of having their work displayed publicly year-round. And who knows? You might even have the honor of having your metal masterpiece R. Kellyed upon.
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.
Bullies Bash the Telephone Art Box
Quit it you hooligans!
When the idea of asking artists to create new distribution boxes for the Alibi first started getting kicked around the office, a lot of people had the opinion that the boxes would be immediately vandalized. As finished boxes started coming in, and many were more intricate and beautiful than we could have imagined, talk around the water cooler was that they were just begging to be destroyed.
I wanted to have faith in humanity. Several of us on the opposing team defended the faceless masses of Albuquerque, saying surely someone wouldn’t break or batter a piece of art. The imaginary perp would see how much care and effort went into it and have respect! Deep inside though, we knew it wasn’t whether, but when.
All of the creators knew their work would be outside and vulnerable to attack, and gamely strove to make public art to better our city anyway.
That doesn’t make it any more acceptable for some total idiot to smash it. Well Albuquerque, you managed to make it about three weeks. Good for you. In the past few days, the Report Station, which has been causing a lot of communication, and spreading a lot of joy and weirdness, was all smashed up. It’s looked worse each day too, as if one person, seeing that it was vandalized, had to follow suit, lemming-like.
The only way to combat this destruction, that we can see, is through creation. That’s why we will post new recordings from the Report Station every day for the next five days. Keep calling in, friends. Tell the Report Station your secrets, hopes and dreams. We need ammo against the enemies of beauty and decency.
Operation Art Box
We put out a call to local artists, asking them to show us how they’d redesign an Alibi distribution box. We were subsequently showered with submissions, and we spent weeks poring over drawings, sketches, digital renderings, and mad ramblings in letters and emails. Notions of every sort sloshed across our desks, fresh from the minds of our city’s creative geniuses.