All art is functional in that it elicits emotions, creates new ways of thinking and generates conversation—all of which are totally valid and worthwhile functions. Some art is also functional in a tangible way—for example, this morning I ate breakfast out of a bowl my partner threw on the pottery wheel. In that same vein, you may have noticed the many metal boxes dotting the urban Albuquerque landscape, their clear-faced doors turned to coffee shops, sidewalks, lobbies and storefronts. Those boxes with their plastic, scratched eyes trained on the passing world, dear readers, contain your Weekly Alibi. As such, they are necessary and functional and each contains a slew of possibilities to be determined by, well, you. That is, if you're up for the challenge.
The end of this month (March 31, to be precise) kicks off another round of the Alibi's Art Box Competition—a historic, if not annual or unprecedented—
When the gallery show closes, we will all wipe a tear from our eyes as we send these newly minted, well groomed distribution boxes out into the world. Yes, by July 27, these boxes with new paint and lacquer will join the ranks of all the others—weathering wind and rain and graffiti, to be slowly worn down day after day by use until the artists may no longer recognize them as their own. Or maybe time will only call forth new iterations of each one, and you can smile to yourself every time you see someone pulling an Alibi from the box you designed. Whether you walk away feeling proud or nostalgic, elated or conflicted, what you will most definitely walk away with is a gift card from Artisan (who is graciously co-sponsoring this competition) and a feature article about your work in the Alibi to clip for your scrapbook.
So, sharpen you drawing pencils and find a clean page in your sketchbook—we'll be waiting for your designs.