Gary Edward Jones: Museum of Ennui at ShoeBoxProjects

30                 Gary Edward Jones

Presently writing a novel about a woman in the midst of a love affair with the ghost of her dead husband throughout the near-40-year fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco, Gary Jones is a screenwriter currently living in Los Angeles.

At first, I considered “ennui” as a state that one acquires as a result of one stepping into it by accident. Or that ennui came on a person like an unexpected medical condition. Or that ennui rose up like a wave to overtake a body that was completely unaware. Then I stumbled upon a description of ennui as being an attitude that is “taken on” by an individual. To me, the word “ennui” now had power.

Now, when I hear that a person is “suffering from a state of ennui,” I immediately begin to look up the individual as an active and willing participant. Even though one might consider themselves as weary and retiring from the current state of affairs, that position, in and of itself, is active and participatory, and therefore as powerful as a gun.

Katrina Alexy: Museum of Ennui at ShoeBoxProjects

29   Katrina Alexy 

Katrina Alexy was born and raised in LA. She has created many public art pieces that are all quite different from each other, but all celebrate the natural world and hope to foster joy in some way.

About this piece: Right now I am struggling with the concept of labeling. I understand it is in our human nature to attempt at understanding what we are seeing, feeling, experiencing, etc., but right now in my life, I am wanting to abandon labels and revel in the unknown.

Sara Jane Boyers: Museum of Ennui at ShoeBoxProjects

28  Sara Jane Boyers

There are so many directions to go with ennui – ironically interesting as a topic if not as a description.  A writer as well as a photographer, I enjoyed so much exploring the literary word itself with only a couple of still images that, while depicting ennui, at the same time examine the complexity of “simple.”

After successful careers in music and publishing, Boyers turned to a serious focus on her fine art photography. With a painterly perspective, she isolates significant detail from her subjects, searching for presence and meaning. Her work is in public & private collections and exhibited worldwide. She is presently completing two long-term projects  – FINDING CHINATOWN: AN AMERICAN STORY and DETROIT:DEFINITION, exploring the city of her birth (a photo from which was included in the Venice Biennale2016). In addition to her  photography, Boyers has recently returned to the world of children’s books – her first book, LIFE DOESN’T FRIGHTEN ME, was just released in an updated 25th Anniversary Edition – to explore her visual and literary experience with a series of illustrated book projects, now incorporating her photography.

Rose Portillo: Museum of Ennui exhibition Los Angeles 2018

26  Rose Portillo

Actor/Writer/Director/Educator… Visual Artist: Dia de Los Muertos Altar-maker; Mosaic creator; occasional Other stuff…

About his piece: 11 is an important number. To me. Not just to me. Double numbers of the same number have significance. Especially 11. Not just to me. To me. I look for signs. It’s how I survive. She presented me with a handful of crumpled papers And told me to draw. There it was.

Birds are my companions. They bring signs of significance. Especially Courage, Marvel, Magic, and Chance. Those are their names. And their contributions. (Including feathers) (11).

Cynthia Minet: Museum of Ennui exhibition Los Angeles 2018

No 45 Cynthia Minet

Title: Adventures in the Uncanny Valley, 2016. Post-consumer plastics, LEDs. 18 x 14 x 4 inches. 

This piece reflects my love/hate relationship with technology. Ennui is like a dripping faucet, nagging at one to be fixed. How lost will we get in the uncanny valley?

Cynthia Minet was raised in Rome, Italy, and is based in Los Angeles, CA. Minet works with post-consumer plastics, light, and sound, to construct illuminated sculptures and site-specific installations that are both beautiful and sinister. Her mixed media drawings are rendered in a loose and gestural style. All of Minet’s works carry strong environmental, political and social content.

Solo installations include the USC Fisher Museum, the Culver Center for the Arts/ UCR ARTSblock, and a temporary public work at LA International Airport. Shown in group shows nationally and internationally, Minet has upcoming solo exhibitions at the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen,Texas, and at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Anna Amethyst in the Museum of Ennui exhibition Los Angeles 2018

No 37  Anna Amethyst

German born Photographer, graduated from the University of Fine Arts HfbK, Hamburg. 

Exhibited in Germany, England, Poland, France and Iceland. Lived and worked in New York, Krakow, London and Husavik. Now based in Hamburg, Germany.

She is interested in the place between; the empty space. When something shifts. When there is magic in the everyday. When a thing becomes something else. When it sparkles on the edge. When the banal becomes absurd.

An installation shot inside Museum of Ennui at ShoeBox Projects

Opened March 17, 2018 the Museum of Ennui was ready for its first visitor.

Works by a variety of artists from many countries are on display in the one person at a time museum. Artists include:

Anna Amethyst, Cynthia Minet, Douglas Hill, Gary Edward Jones, Jessie Rose Vala, Julie Murray, Katrina Alexy, Kim Abeles, Kirthana Devdas, Kristine Schomaker, Maggie Lowe Tennesen, Marina Rees, Martin Cox, Nataliya Petkova, Röðull Reyr Kárason, Rose Portillo, Ryan Hill, Sally O’Reilly, Sara Jane Boyers, Scott MacLeod, and Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir.

Museum of Ennui opens at The Closet

Press Release:  Museum of Ennui opens at The Closet.

Martin Cox  Museum of Ennui

Grand Opening of ‘The Closet in Shoebox Projects’ presented by the Shed Collective

March 17th – June 3rd, 2018

Opening reception: Saturday, March 17th, 3-5 p.m.

May also be seen by appointment: The Closet at Shoebox Projects, 660 S. Avenue 21, #3, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Boredom-as-Catalyst in Martin Cox’s Museum of Ennui at The Closet

(Los Angeles, California)L.A.-based artist Martin Cox’s Museum of Ennui, another alternative project, will inaugurate The Closet as the first exhibition. Mr. Cox has long examined places where natural and man-made worlds meet. The artist’s capturing of landscapes, often abandoned or vacated shelters, and other artifacts inject the past within the present, as a site of imagination and evolution. Cox refers to these spaces of possibility and potential doom in his most recent project, The Museum of Ennui that began at Fjuk Art Center Residency in Iceland. Shifting modes from his own singular production, Cox reached out to a wide range of artists all over the world. The artist asked each participant to produce a piece of art in response to their own reflections of ennui. The word, Cox feels, has been wrongly perceived as a condition of debilitating despair and lethargy. The artist’s investigation brings historical and literary dimension in championing its connotations of boredom and melancholy as necessary to human invention throughout history.

Inspired by the museums often dedicated to a single subject or person dotted throughout Iceland, Cox developed the Museum of Ennui, as a mobile object that could alter in form and travel with all of its elements contained within its apparatus. In its second iteration for the Closet called Museum for One, the artist has added new additions from artists he is in contact with throughout the globe, as well as text and sound pieces. Though mostly digital photographs, Museum for One also includes drawings and mixed-media works. The piece’s title refers not only to The Closet’s architecture, who’s maximum capacity is one person, but the concept of ennui as a state of being solitary.

21 artists will be represented at the museum of ennui including visual, literary and sound artists from the US, UK, Iceland, Canada, India, Germany, and France have responded with small art works. Participating artists: Anna Amethyst, Cynthia Minet, Douglas Hill, Gary Edward Jones, Jessie Rose Vala, Julie Murray, Katrina Alexy, Kim Abeles, Kirthana Devdas, Kristine Schomaker, Maggie Lowe Tennesen, Marina Rees, Martin Cox, Nataliya Petkova, Röðull Reyr Kárason, Rose Portillo, Ryan Hill, Sally O’Reilly, Sara Jane Boyers, Scott MacLeod, Thora Solveig Bergsteinsdottir.

The Shed Collective was created when four artists decided to host art events in their sheds and closets. Coined “the alternative to alternative galleries” a group of sister galleries emerged. Inspired by spaces like “Elevator Mondays” and Gallery 1993 and believing that artists have to create their own opportunities to exhibit and curate, the first show opens at “The Closet” an annex in the Shoebox Project space at the Brewery on March 17th from 3-5pm.

As an experience, The Shed Collective attempts to capture the imagination in its challenging of existing modes of presentation of contemporary art. It responds both to the artist’s need to experiment and curator’s need to stage exhibits in unconventional spaces in order to engage new dialogues. Seen together, The Shed Collective fluidly explores both artistic and curatorial conditions in its varied spaces. Formed by Kristine Schomaker, Cathy Immordino, Sheli Silverio, and Diane Williams, the group aims to more efficiently enact the presence of art in varied communities throughout Los Angeles and capture a unique sense of diversity and character within each of its spaces and projects.