Friday, May 18, 2018

Diane Arrieta to join The Box Gallery for Invitational Anniversary Exhibit on June 9th

Space Bird by Diane Arrieta, Mixed media ceramic, 2018

Diane Arrieta to join The Box Gallery for 
2nd Year Anniversary Invitational  Exhibit on June 9th, 2018.

The Box Gallery has the honor to present selected works by Diane Arrieta during the gallery's 
2nd Year Anniversary Invitational Exhibition.


"The Best Gallery in Palm Beach!"-South Florida Gay News


"When it comes to art exhibitions, The Box Gallery thinks outside the box."
“A cultural adventure”
The Box Gallery is a wonderful collection of some of South Florida best. Along with finding talented locals, the owner Rolando also goes to great lengths to bring in outside influences that enrich the local culture and spark conversation. Rolando is an incredibly nice guy willing to dive headfirst into any conversation about art and culture. His whole mission seems to be to cultivate an environment where everyone is welcome to have the opportunity to share and enjoy new visions. If you go to one of his many special events or just stop by you are bound to find something of interest. It's well worth the trip!
-Brian C. (Tripadvisor)


The Box Gallery
811 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

Diane Arrieta will be joining Yury DarashkevichDaniel Weinstein,


"The work of Diane Arrieta is fueled by a lifetime kinship for animals, environmental stewardship and a love of animated movies. The art work investigates environmental and social concerns through a whimsical use of color and characters. It is rooted in the style and philosophies of animation and comic book genres.

The work is a type of parody for real life and activates childhood imagination and play. Through the use of cultural icons, symbols and references, the artist gives the viewer a sense of nostalgia. The work elicits compassion for the animal subjects and offers a story for exploration [without confrontation]. The message of the work is important, but not necessarily the end result for every viewer. Albert Einstein said "Imagination is more important than knowledge”. If the art work ignites memories, self-reflection or empathy for the subject, that is often more important than the facts. The artist’s thesis research shows that this encourages self-investigation into the subject presented [which encourages a deeper understanding].

Arrieta is offering a moment of fantasia, while simultaneously offering environmental/social awareness
[if you want it]."

ABOUT THE ARTIST​

Diane Arrieta (USA-Czech/German/Native American) was raised in Western Pennsylvania and currently resides in South Florida. She holds a BFA in ceramic sculpture  (Florida Atlantic University, FL) and an MSc in Wildlife Health (University of Edinburgh’s School of Medicine and Veterinarian Medicine, U.K.).

Arrieta employs an insouciant use of a stripped down schematic characteristic of 21st century cartoons and animation. This schematic, together with the application to her paintings’ surfaces of ambiguous symbolic phrases and shapes (e.g., repetitive circles or triangles) invite closer attention, serving to intensify the curiosity of the viewer regarding the density of meaning implied in the term syncretism. Her female figures in much of the work recall imagery depicting the Disney version of Snow White (and her physical attributes “as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as ebony wood.”) Snow White iconography is firmly imprinted on popular consciousness worldwide as the first Disney leading lady, surrounded by singing and dancing animals. Arrieta applies the same approach, giving the viewer a common starting place to interact with the work. Despite its avowed purpose [to inform and teach about global environmental issues], the overall effect is in no way directly didactic. 

The works of Diane Arrieta have been exhibited in several museums, such as the Cornell Museum of American Art & Culture, The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, The Boca Raton Museum and the Museum Of Fine Art Tallahassee. She has had several solo exhibitions, including the Art & Cultural Center Hollywood and Palm Beach State College. Her work is shown throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Her work is in both private and public collections, including the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz (Girl’s Club) Collection.


You Dirty Rat by Diane Arrieta, mixed media. 2017

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