Sunday, 6 May 2012

Thinking inside the box | Box 2

On Saturday night I made a little pilgrimage down to Peacehaven, Brighton, to attend the launch of Box 2, a whimsical artistic collaboration between Mike Jolley and Penny Biswell, held in an airy, white-washed studio off the beaten track, with clifftop views to boot!


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The collaboration, one of many Artists' Open Houses in this year's Brighton Festival, features neatly presented collections of objects that have been kept, found or collected over the years and curated into art, from fuses and playing cards to miniature dolls and opticians' lenses. 

The collections are beautifully thought out, graphically pleasing and highly covetable, with strong colourways and themes that unite seemingly disparate objects. Vintage bus tickets sit alongside a tiny toy bus-stop sign; and the words "THROW A SIX TO START" are picked out of a collage of toys, draughts and dominoes from dice and Scrabble tiles to form 'Game Piece'. It's enough to make you feel achingly nostalgic for the toys you discarded years ago. Every inch of the Box 2 studio contains another treasure to be discovered and it's hard to miss the enormous replica Dalek holding court in the space!

Alongside the work of Box 2, the launch also featured artwork by an impressive assemblage of illustrators and artists: Grahame Baker Smith, David Ellwand, Mique Moriuchi and Owen Davey. Each artist's style is notably unique yet fit neatly into the 'cabinet of curiosities' aesthetic.

Peacehaven is a little way out of Brighton (a half-hour bus ride then a short trot up the track!) but the journey is amply rewarded by this thought-provoking collection of objets trouvés. Sate your curiosity and pay Box 2 a visit!


Box 2 | The studio is open on May 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 between 10.30am and 5.30pm. Click the link below for more details.


Open House 

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