Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Out of the box!

Fans of Joseph Cornell, collage, assemblage, art-in-a-box, etc. should check out OUT OF THE BOX! an art auction fundraiser hosted by the Pea Green Theatre Group for the upcoming production of "Medici Slot Machine - The Life and Times of Joseph Cornell".

The live and silent auction is taking place tomorrow, Thursday March 9th in the ballroom of the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W. at Dufferin Street), starting at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $10 and this fee will be applied towards all purchases acquired during the fundraiser.

"Nineteen of Toronto's most exciting and provocative artists, such as Kirsten Johnson, Allyson Mitchell, and John Scully, have created original works inspired by the collage box art of Joseph Cornell to be auctioned off during the live auction portion of the evening."

[visit here for photos of some of the pieces - I can't seem to upload...]

If you can't hit the fundraiser you still catch the production of Medici Slot Machine, which takes place May 5 - May 21, 2006 at the Tarragon Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Avenue. A few words about the play: "Cornell is famous for his collage boxes of dime-store objects. He excelled at turning the ordinary into the sacred. In real life, Joseph Cornell was a recluse who used his art to escape his family, his sterile suburban life, and his own psychological demons. Bringing precise order to his art was a way of triumphing over the chaos of his private life. This play chronicles that triumph."

For tickets and information on Medici Slot Machine call the Tarragon Theatre Box Office at (416) 531-1827 or visit the webpage.


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