Stories Told Through Vibrant Photography Two Solo Shows at The BOX Gallery April 21 – May 20, 2017

Popsicle 1 by Shannon Star

Stories Told Through Vibrant Photography
Two Solo Shows at The BOX Gallery
April 21 – May 20, 2017
The BOX Gallery

CUBA: An Education by Aimee Lambes
Curated by Craig Joseph

Vibrant Deterioration by Shannon Star

Opening Reception, Friday, April 21, 5-8 pm
Free and open to the public. 

Open for Akron Artwalk on May 6, 5-9 pm.

The BOX Gallery in downtown Akron is hosting two solo shows from April 21 through May 20, 2017:  CUBA: An Education by Aimee Lambes, curated by Craig Joseph, and Vibrant Deterioration by Shannon Star. Meet the artists at the opening reception on Fri., April 21 from 5-8 pm at the BOX Gallery. 

CUBA: An Education features over 60 photographs by Aimee Lambes, curated by Craig Joseph. Lambes had the opportunity to visit Cuba on an education visa and take countless photographs of the history, struggle, textures and colors of the country. She describes herself as a road tripper, photographer, wife, and mom. Driving around the states to the tune of about 30,000 miles a year, for a total of 7-8 weeks, capturing about 9,000 images every chance she gets, Lambes is continually on the road to adventure. The photo on the home page is entitled Convertibles

Gustavo by Aimee Lambes

“I am often asked if there is an element of social commentary to my work. I would love to say that what I shoot is that well thought out, but that is not the case. I am really rather superficial. I am not drawn to an image because it says something, I am drawn because It says something to ME. I love visual contrast: color, texture, shape, size. That is what gets my attention. Mix those contrasts together, and I am lost in it for the afternoon,” said Lambes. 

Vibrant Deterioration is the B.F.A. Photography Exhibition by Shannon Star. Star is a Bachelor of Fine Arts student double majoring in Photography and Printmaking at The University of Akron. In her work she takes on topics that are often controversial or difficult to discuss, such as the ideas of mental illness and abuse, using bright colors to contrast and lighten the abrasiveness of such topics. 

“I take photos of things that decay or wear down over time.  I compose them as diptychs, triptychs, or polyptychs; showing the stages of this deterioration.  As the items deteriorate more I place a more opaque and brighter filter on top of the decaying object,” said Star of her work. 

The BOX Gallery will also be open on Saturday, May 6th for the Akron Artwalk from 5 – 9 pm in addition to its regular hours.  Admission is FREE and open to the public. 

About Artists of Rubber City: In 1978, Artists of Rubber City (AoRC) was founded by a group of University of Akron art students looking for places to display their work and for a way to stay connected.  AoRC is a member-based visual arts nonprofit with the mission to advocate for contemporary artists and Ohio art.  The group promotes the appreciation and ownership of art created by contemporary artists as one facet of the rich culture to be found in Northeast Ohio.  Members have diverse backgrounds in visual art including painters, photographers, printmakers, fiber artists, ceramicists, media artists, graphic artists, sculptors, and jewelers. 

About the BOX Gallery: The BOX Gallery is an artist-run gallery owned by the Artists of Rubber City. It opened in October 2009 on the third floor of Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St. in Akron. Gallery exhibition proposals are open to the public and can be acquired at the gallery or at  Accepted artist and curator proposals have the opportunity to be featured in two exhibition spaces: the Big BOX and the small box.  As a part of the AoRC mission to promote regional contemporary art and artists, membership is not a requirement for gallery shows or exhibitions. 

The BOX Gallery is FREE and open to the public during exhibitions on Friday and Saturday from 12-5 pm, during Friday art openings, and during the Akron Art Walk, the first Saturday of each month from 5 – 9 pm.  


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