Gallery Route One's 20th annual Box Show is well under way. Molly and I were out of state and missed the opening in August and finally just this week had a chance to see the current show.
The Box Show is a major fundraiser for Gallery Route One in Pt. Reyes Station in west Marin county. The way it works is: Each artist is given an unadorned pine box. You can pretty much do anything to it as long as elements of the original the box remains in the piece (That definition can be stretched pretty far-- boxes on occasion have been ground to dust, burned to ash and and otherwise rendered unrecognizable in the process of making an art piece).
Here's what molly and I did this year:
I did some rough sketches
We decided to use a wooden artist mannequin
And we made a balsa wood lid for the box
Molly did an incredible job sewing clothing for our guy
I designed tentacles for our hidden monster
The tentacles are painted and glued into the box
And the box is painted as well
Our mannequin is painted and glued to the top of the box
The piece is titled:
"Sometimes It's Better Not to Think Outside the Box"
Just two days after the Spring Art Show concluded Jack Kamesar passed. He was 90 years old.
Jack was an artist of considerable integrity and a key figure on the Spring Art Show committee for nearly two decades.
To push ink or paint pigment around on paper or canvas is one thing.
But Jack was a sculptor.
I’ve always wondered what temperament one would have to have to decide to move steel around, to bend steel…
Jack Kamesar had that force of will and it’s something I was aware of in working with him on the Spring Art Show. A persistence to make things right.
He was gentle and passionate and thoroughly dedicated to ensuring that the Spring Art show was as good as possible.
As a friend and as a creative force I will miss him very much.
Jack with an atypically small sculpture
This piece formerly resided at the Surf Theater in San Francisco
Jack Kamesar studied fine art and architecture at UC Berkeley and later lived in Italy for two years where he worked in sculpture studios and bronze foundries. He also conducted months long anatomical studies--including dissecting a cadaver--at UCSF.
Here are a few of his drawings from that period. These were exhibited in his retrospective show at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center in March of 2014 (See this blog's archives for more).
Here are a few more sketches by Jack from the same exhibit
Sketches from Settignano, Italy
Jack exhibited at the SF MOMA, De Young Museum, Spoleto International Arts Festival in Italy,Honolulu Civic Center, Arleigh Gallery, Vorpal Gallery and of course the San Geronimo Valley Community Center.
Here's a clipping from Jack's website:
Hanging the Spring Art Show in the Maurice Del Mue galleries of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center was always serious business as evidenced by these serious individuals.
Donn DeAngelo, Molly Rea, Jack and Leonard Leniow
Jack and I at an exhibit of his son Elan's work
Dahlia Kamesar and Jack
Michel Kotski created a video tribute to Jack which you can see here: