|Box cover on the July/August 2012 Issue RP (re/Place)|
Want to get in on a different type of CSA in Seattle? Instead of fruits and vegetables grown on small farms nearby, how about a bit of Community Supported Art created for you by talented artists and authors living in our midst? Expanding upon the locavore movement's socio-environmental foundation is LxWxH founded by artist and curatorial master Sharon Arnold. Think art by the people, for the people! I recently purchased my first box, and it is certainly a delight...
|Sitting atop a pile of books is Armchair Philosophy by Julie Alpert|
It's one of her Rorschach Tests LxWxH pieces (positive/negative studies)
Each LxWxH issue promises to provide two pieces of art by two different artists, along with an essay by a local writer. Boxes can be purchased individually for $130, or you can go with the annual subscription for $700 (6 issues). Some artists will even create one of a kind pieces for each box (as did both Ryan Finnerty and Julie Alpert for this July/August 2012 issue that I'm showing you a few snapshots from my own box). Not knowing which piece you will receive is part of the allure-- although it was also a bit of a challenge for me to just let go. Had I been able to choose my own, I would have picked different ones, yet I was so pleased with the contents of my box that I wouldn't even trade them if I could! Check out past issues and see how fabulously varied all of this local talent has been.
|Top: Oil Painting by Ryan Finnerty |
Bottom: 2 out of 3 (!) Erasure Poems by poet Adam Boehmer
|A detailed note is attached to the back of each Memory Painting by Ryan Finnerty.|
Adding to the charm & appeal of each piece.
This one is titled:
The One About Drudgery and the Appearance of Progress
I hear that there are still some boxes of the current issue available. You, too, can get your own special package of art & literature delivered straight to your door. The erasure poems by Adam Boehmer are visual works of art, too. My favorite one is The Water is Cold and I Love You. I absolutely adore that there are three poems typed from a quirky old typewriter onto copies of vintage photographs (perfection). That they were bound together with a handwritten title and signature (in pencil) was another special touch.
If not this one, then maybe the next. Become a modern patron of the arts and fill your home (economically) with local, hand-picked works! Supporting community grown projects tilled from our own urban landscape is where it's at these days.