Two solo shows at The BOX Gallery explore pop culture; opening Friday, June 2, 5-8 pm

 

   Keep Your Eye On The Donut Not The Hole
by Breanne Trammell
The BOX Gallery

Graphic Thrills
by Alex Strader
The Small Box

June 2 – July 1, 2017

Opening reception – June 2, 5-8 pm 
Free and open to the public

The BOX Gallery in downtown Akron is hosting two solo shows from June 2 through July 1, 2017: Keep Your Eye On The Donut Not The Hole by Breanne Trammell and Graphic Thrills by Alex Strader. Come see the shows and meet the artists at the opening reception on Fri., June 2 from 5-8 pm at the BOX Gallery.

Breanne Trammell is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in printmaking. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been an artist-in-residence at the Women’s Studio Workshop, the Wassaic Project, Endless Editions, the Kala Institute, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati.

In her work she explores objects and icons from popular culture, the confluence of highbrow and lowbrow, and mines from her personal history. It presents common experiences and awkward memories that we come to terms with, and commemorates these experiences through humor and playful formalism—like a giant papier-mâché paper clip or letterpress-printed twitter posts. Objects, observations, and inescapable memories that may seem unimportant but are significant and make us who we are.

Alex Strader works with both mixed media and digital work, often with original characters. His work is loosely based on real life experiences with a mix of dreams, music, fiction, and pop culture. He also explores themes of suffering and the expanding neuroticism of 21st century society, albeit in a humorous and often abstract way. He graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012 and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2017.

“I’ve always been interested in characters, both real and imaginary. Everyone has a personality they craft over time, just like a drawing or a painting. The best part is, the variations are endless. For me, I’m just happy I found a balance of using both my art training and the sensibilities I crafted as a child. I feel like I didn’t waste my time reading MAD Magazine, studying more than anything. I think that’s what people ultimately look for in life.”

The BOX Gallery will also be open on Saturday, June 3 for the Summit Artspace Artwalk from 5 – 9 pm in addition to its regular hours. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Parking is available behind the Summit Artspace building and in a lot between South Summit Street and Broadway when visiting the gallery. Summit Artspace is handicap accessible and has an elevator. For information about Summit Artspace, go to summitartspace.org or call 330-376-8480. Find Summit Artspace on Facebook, on Twitter @AkronAreaArts, Instagram and Snapchat.

 

Parking behind the building
Handicap accessible

Summit Artspace Location
140 East Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 330-376-8480

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