Existential Everything and Nothing from ArtLikeArt

This is one of the most exciting conceptual pieces I have received to date. The first thing I saw in the mailbox was a videocassette size box that said "Empty" on the side and on the other it says "This package contains nothing but what you imagine to be inside. Don't open it. You'll be disappointed. The drawing on the outside of the box is amazing and I take it as a self portrait-she'll tell me if I'm wrong. So, what is inside the box? Did I open it? I did actually, against her better wisdom, and was far from disappointed. There is absolutely nothing in the box except some stryrofoam packaging to keep the nothing and everything from getting damaged. Fantastic piece ALA--It really made me think and I am still trying to visualize what I might want to actually be inside the box. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

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Comment by Sandra Lefever on December 13, 2011 at 2:11am

Ha ha. Forgot I had this.

Comment by DKeys on December 13, 2011 at 1:29am

ALA, this will probably sound odd and just wrong, but I had a weird dream about you last night in which you had a house full of kids and two pet lemurs. Not making this up. So I have concluded that in this box you included a dream.

Comment by Sandra Lefever on December 13, 2011 at 1:20am

I think your cat is smelling the party going on at my house. I live with three girl cats: one middle-aged lady, one teen, and one evil-alpha-tortie. Talk about catty. No pun intended, but it gets pretty mad around here.

Why don't you make a mystery package, Diane? It could contain anything (or nothing)! It doesn't even have to be a box...

Comment by DKeys on December 13, 2011 at 1:02am

you're right Sue! even my cat was curious. I would never have been able to leave it unopened. I also feel compelled to send it on filled with SomeThing, but still not sure. Love the drawing too much to part with it!

Comment by prettylily on December 12, 2011 at 2:11pm

Glad I stumbled upon this blog, Diane.  Love the empty box and the message reminds me of the children's book, Don't Open This Box.  You are the curious type - I would have figured you opened it.  :-)  Even the cat wants in!   

Comment by Sandra Lefever on December 11, 2011 at 5:59pm

Pass Hannah Hoch, please. I love it with my spatzle. No, no salt, I'm allergic. But thanks for asking!

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 11, 2011 at 5:29pm

That's it, Herr Haptic Erni! Kurt first did Altered Photo collages! 

Kate thanks you xx

Comment by DKeys on December 11, 2011 at 5:11pm

This is what was physically in it-two slabs o styrofoam. But yes, full of imagination for sure!

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 11, 2011 at 5:02pm

Great box from ALA! Now, is it completely empty of material? Or completely full of imagination?

Fantastic....and now I see that Kurt has made altered photo/collage too! Kate likes that!

Comment by DKeys on December 11, 2011 at 2:35pm

I like that idea of collaging a photo. It would be interesting to see a series of the same altered photograph. 



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