WORK / Owner, Spanish Box - November 1995 - February 1997, Santa Barbara, CA
After closing FOODHOUSE in 1995, Spanish Box opened in downtown Santa Barbara, California. Spanish Box was a small jewel box house walking distance to the SB contemporary Arts Forum, local galleries and shopping.
In the year and a half it was open, Spanish Box hosted twelve solo and group exhibitions, two artists’ multiple box projects, artists’ catered dinner parties and three traveling bus happenings.
In order to provide Los Angeles art lovers a means of transportation, Dave Muller of Three Day Weekend and I organized the Antelope Valley Bus Trip. Muller created custom playlists of music and I curated video artists screenings for the monitors on board. The bus would be parked outside the gallery the duration of an opening for all patrons to enjoy.
The outdoor space of the house was used for dinners, film projections and a series of Dave Muller paintings promoting the shows of different artists.
Also, to further promote the artists and the space I created a multiple box project. After six months of exhibitions each artist who had shown created a multiple piece to be housed in 100 cardboard boxes the size of a thick book. The box containing these small works of art, and images of their shows, were then mailed to recipients as a sort of catalog object.
EXHIBITIONS / PROJECTS (in chronological order)
Antelope Road Trip Bus Trip - LA-Santa Barbara - Videos onboard by Eo Harper, Susan Lutz, Meredith Decotiis and Edward Luisser - Music provided by Dave Muller
Sally Elesby - Vanitas Paintings for the 90's
Michael Pierzynski - Happy Ending
MOD SQUAD - Group Show Curated by Michael Darling
Antelope Road Trip Bus and BBQ - Videos onboard by Jessica Bronson, Andrea Bowers, Susan Lutz and David Hughs - Music provided by Dave Muller
Darrin Little - Reconnaissance
Kevin Appel - New Paintings
Tom Baldwin - In Seven Pieces
FILM SCREENING - Eo Harper and Suan Lutz - Lake and Lily, a collaborative film screening
Eo Harper - Savor
John Souza - BONECOLOR
Elizabeth Saveri and Susan Lutz - Place, a collaboration
Dave Muller - Love Is All Around, (in black and white and color)
Antelope Road Trip Bus Trip - Band and Dinner - CoProduced with Three Day Weekend - Videos onboard by Daniel Marlos and Robert West - Music onboard by Dave Muller - Band Gobbler