IN A BOX – An Assemblaged Installation

Caridad Barragan


Opening Reception: Saturday, June 9, 2007 from 7-10 pm


The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present its newest exhibition, “In a Box”, an installation by artist Caridad Barragan. This will be the Avenue 50 Studio’s very first installation show. Given that an assemblage is “a collection of persons or things, an artistic composition made from scraps, odds and ends (as of paper, cloth, wood, stone, or metal)”, Barragan’s assemblaged boxes contain thoughts, sensations, and dreams -- sometimes literal, other times, abstract or symbolic. Often, incongruent symbols situate next to each other. To Barragan, the message isn’t important; rather to think and feel and experience the poetry that is all around us. Each fragment is reflectively placed to convey a nostalgic atmosphere of loss or remembrance, and through varied symbols, we sense, feel, and smell a memory.


Boxes contain the idea of enclosure. Everyone has to ask themselves,
what do you enclose, what do you safeguard or treasure?
Anything precious is contained in a box.
”   C. Barragan


Caridad Barragan, a native of Southern California, is an artist living and working in Amalia, Italy for the past 7 years. She has been the recipient of the Cultura 2005 European Community Culture Grant in Padua Italy, and was awarded 4th place in the Third Visual Arts Biennial of Venice.


The Avenue 50 Studio would like to give special thanks to the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council and CD1 Councilman, Ed Reyes for support in making this exhibition possible.


When:   Opening Reception:   Saturday, June 9, 2007 from 7-10 pm
Where:   Avenue 50 Studio, Inc., 131 No. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042
Duration:    June 9 through July 8, 2007