Artist Dani Dodge takes people on a ride that ends in disaster — and possibly redemption — at Shoebox Projects
Screech. Bam. Then, eerie silence except for the sound of a hissing radiator.
There are more than 150 car crashes each day in Los Angeles and the number is rising.
Last year, artist Dani Dodge was one of those statistics. She was driving to a Mid-Wilshire gallery on the 101 when her Honda Element was sandwiched between two cars in a four-car pileup.
The experience left her with bruises, a broken car and a moment of clarity.
“The moments before, during and after the crash were surreal in so many ways,” Dodge said. “But in those moments after, as I sat in my car checking to see how badly I was bleeding, and wondering how hurt the people were around me, what also came to mind was: I survived. What does that mean? And how will I live my life differently?”
Before gingerly getting out of her Honda to assist others, Dodge had one more thought: “Remember this. Translate it into art.”
With her residency and show at Shoebox Projects, Dodge makes her first attempt to realize that promise to herself. The experimental work will force visitors to go on a journey that includes soft, stuffed car parts that fly through the air, video and sculpture rendered from wreckage.
“Life is short. And on L.A. freeways, it can be cut even shorter,” Dodge said.
In 2016, 260 people were killed in traffic crashes on Los Angeles city streets, an increase of almost 43 percent over the previous year. Early estimates show that number was likely higher for 2017.
This exhibition will remind participants of their own moments of clarity, and asks “What will you do with the rest of your life?”
Closing Reception: Saturday, February 17th from 4-6 p.m.
About Dani Dodge
Dodge creates immersive, interactive environments and installations that incorporate video, paint, and performance. For the past decade, her art has focused on themes surrounding identity, forgiveness and social justice. She is a member of the Durden and Ray collective in Los Angeles and A.I.R. gallery in New York. For more information about Dodge, please visit http://www.danidodge.com/
About Shoebox Projects
Shoebox Projects is an experimental art space in DTLA, where emerging and mid-career artists are given an opportunity to freely experiment with new ideas and directions for their practice. Founded by Kristine Schomaker, multimedia artist and director of Shoebox PR, Shoebox Projects intends to give artists a chance to recharge and renew their relationship with their work. http://www.shoeboxprojects.com
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