From Duchamp’s Kunstkammer to the avian works of Joseph Cornell, box art re-invents the ordinary and stimulates an endless journey of discovery of both the self and the world around us.
Out Of The Box celebrates objects, collecting, the everyday and the mischievous staged craft of illusion – “Deceptive Receptacles” in the words of artist Frank Jennings, small discoveries that can surprise and take you places.
Out Of The Box is a collection of 100 creatives, globally, from professional practitioners to those living and working outside society’s mainstream. It captures the remarkably diverse spirit of this unique art form, from the working concepts and executions to the very artists themselves. And it’s no respecter of boundaries, refusing to be categorised; it’s fine art and design, decorative and serious, artefact and artifice.
The very accessibility of box art, touching all aspects of our lives and our daily rituals of rationalising and organising, stimulates an empathetic response. We live, arrange, watch and rest in death in boxes – and in so doing, we face and overcome, before we finally succumb to, the absurdity of life.
Out Of The Box is built on over five years of research and the curating and documenting of collective Box Art exhibitions and events by Tom Buchanan, meticulously recorded by photographer Peter Mallet and with graphic design by Stuart Tolley. It includes a written contribution by leading curator Sarah Lea.