Shoebox Projects

Jennifer Gunlock

Jennifer Gunlock’s collage-based works demonstrate a fascination with the collision of the natural and built environments. With the application of photos taken on the artist’s travels along with decorative papers and drawing, each piece is a commentary on humanity’s direct impact on the environment, as well as Earth’s interminable shapeshifting over its long life. Based in Los Angeles, Gunlock received an MFA at California State University, Long Beach in 2003. A 2022 recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, she has exhibited nationally and in regional institutions such as University of Arizona Museum of Art, Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens; California State University, Los Angeles and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; and Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro. She has been Artist in Residence at Joshua Tree Center for Photography in Joshua Tree, CA; Cill Rialaig Project in Ireland; Playa in Summer Lake, Oregon; and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming; among others.

Lynn Heinz

Everyone has their own memories and feelings about their high school experience. I was not particularly happy at that time in my life. I was anxious, shy, and uncomfortable in my own skin. I always felt unable to meet the expectations that were required in order to be socially successful. With this project, I have revisited that time from the point of view of where I am now. Some of these portraits are from my own senior yearbook and others I randomly selected from the internet. They are not nostalgic pictures nor do they demonize the people portrayed. By looking at them objectively, I can see how I have changed and grown. I am able to see that they were just kids, just like me, with the same fears and insecurities. I can affirm that my journey is taking me in the direction I need to travel. I hope that the viewer can look at these paintings and consider their own journey and whether it’s where they want to be going.

Martin Cox

Martin Cox, a lifelong fine art photographer hailing from the UK port of Southampton, has enthusiastically transitioned into the realms of drawing and painting during the Covid-19 pandemic, delving into themes deeply connected to his personal experiences. Growing up amidst the bustling industry and constant comings and goings of ships along the waterfront, Cox developed a profound connection to maritime life. It was there that he discovered the magic of the darkroom, experimenting with alternative cameras and film to capture subjects from the natural world and intriguing locations. After showcasing his work in London galleries, Cox’s artistic journey took a transatlantic turn, as he found inspiration in the landscapes of California, exhibiting in both New York City and San Francisco. His artistic journey reached the shores of Iceland, where he held his last solo photographic show in a museum. In his recent exploration of charcoal and paint, Cox returns to maritime themes, skillfully navigating the intersection of personal interior landscapes, cultural nuances, and environmental considerations, creating captivating works that invite viewers to contemplate the intricate interplay of these elements.


Bachrun LoMele

Bachrun LoMele has for the past seventeen years developed his art practice in rural isolation in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. Ongoing since 2014, LoMele’s Burn Pile is a project derived from spoken truths. Residents of the Central Valley of California were invited to speak inside a private booth. Their statements were immediately leached of meaning by a purpose-made code, which scrambled them with previously donated truths. Donors then had the option to release these garbled statements to be variously commemorated by me. Technology enabled this blending clash of truths. Does a greater truth — obscure, indefinable — arise from this?


Tony Pinto

Tony Pinto holds a BA in Fine Art (painting) from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and an MFA in painting from California State University, Los Angeles. As an artist, his work mostly falls within the category of figurative realism. He is also a practicing graphic designer, with over 25 years of experience working with clients including Edison, Disney, Kaiser Permanente, and Princess Cruises. In addition, He teaches art and design, working with diverse student populations at colleges in Orange County and Los Angeles.

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