Shoebox Projects

Shoebox Projects is an alternative Art Space that opened in November of 2016 as a platform for Artists to experiment, create new work and cultivate community through residencies. Over the last few years, we have also held group shows, performances, artist talks and online exhibitions.

Martin Cox

Martin Cox grew up in the the port of Southampton where centuries of maritime culture, the sea itself made a huge impression.   Martin attended two attended art schools in UK where he became immersed in photography.  A desire to explore new visual horizons led him to California where his black & white post-industrial prints of Wales were exhibited. Later, settling in Los Angeles, he trained as a master black and white analogue printer before going on to establish himself as a fine art photographer.

Fascinated by the overflowing void of desert landscapes, his photography has often centered on  both cold and hot deserts.
His photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. Prints of Icelandic winter landscapes were exhibited at the Húsavík Museum in Iceland and his series on a 700 year-old decaying English manor house was shown at PHOTOLA.  A seven-year project capturing the decline of the ocean liner was presented at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.  This summer his prints from series Terra Figmenta were exhibited in 2022 in Iceland.

During the pandemic shut-in the craved for more hand-eye connection and restarted his dormant drawing practice which had begun in Southampton.  Fascinated by the old back and white maritime photo collections from his youth and influenced by British painters JMW Turner and John Martin he explores the medium of charcoal drawing driven by the politically bumpy start to 2021.  His works use maritime themes to explore feelings, threats and concerns of our era.

Lynn Heinz

My work is about memory. The person I perceive myself to be is a conglomerate of memories in the form of images that have sunk into my consciousness and subconscious. In my paintings, I draw from sources such as personal family photos and found photos, as well as pervasive images from the media. My memories are molded by these images of my younger selves, friends, family, and strangers; by icons from entertainment and advertising. These images I have seen over and over again become the framework of my past. It becomes hard to differentiate between real people and events and these static photos. Memories shift, combine, mutate constantly. Things at the edges are fuzzy, hard to define. The reality of things that seem so firm, become flimsy and vaporous. I am the unreliable narrator of my own story. I hope that when people look at my paintings, they will meditate on the images on which they build their own narratives.

Kristine Schomaker

Kristine Schomaker (she/her) is an Art Historian, Curator, Publisher, Art Manager and
multidisciplinary artist living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles,
California. She earned her BA in Art History and MA in Studio Art from California State
University at Northridge. In 2014 Kristine founded Shoebox Arts aimed at helping artists gain a
presence in the art world.

Kristine has started critique meet-ups, runs an alternative art space and is an Art Activator for the organization Artists Thrive. She is also the publisher of Art and Cake a contemporary L.A. Art magazine and has curated numerous art exhibitions throughout Southern California. She is
currently the president of the California State University Northridge Arts Alumni Association.
Her mission is to create community among artists and the art world in order to help each other

Exhibiting her work since the late 1990’s, Kristine has been featured in numerous exhibitions including most recently, group shows at Bermudez Projects, Golden West College, Coastline Art Gallery, Keystone Art Space, LAVA Projects, San Diego Art Institute, Launch LA, Surrogate
Projects, 18th Street Art Center, Durden and Ray, USC Keck, Blue Roof Studios, Monte Vista Projects, Finishing Concepts, PØST, Brainworks Gallery, BLAM, MuseuMM; Torrance Art Museum, I-5 Gallery, Angel City Brewery. She has also had these solo exhibitions: “Perceive Me” traveling exhibition at California State University Los Angeles, Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, Museum of art and History in Lancaster and Coastline Art Gallery in Newport Beach, “Plus” at Ark Gallery in Altadena and Moorpark Community College, “Mirror, Mirror!” Gallery H Phantom Galleries LA, Hawthorne, California, “A Comfortable Skin,” Kerckhoff Hall Art Gallery UCLA, presented by UCLA Cultural Arts Commission, Los Angeles, California and “Ce n’est pas une peinture,” TRACTIONARTS, Los Angeles, California.


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