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Amazingly Artistic Coffins On View at AR4T's 'Boxes of Death' Show

Submitted by Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow:

Electric Coffin is pleased to announce the 4th annual Boxes of Death art exhibition.

The opening of the show at the Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow gallery in Laguna Beach will be heralded with a party from 6-9 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 17, at 210 N. Coast Hwy. Live music will be supplied by the one-man-band Low Volts.

The show will run through Aug. 31. For more info, click up the AR4T website here.

Boxes of Death is an exhibition where 50 artists are each given their own 2-foot hand-made wood coffin to do with what they want.

The idea spawned from Kane Quaye, a famous coffin maker from Africa. His philosophy was that a coffin should not just be a pine box, but something that represents the person inside and their life.

Each artist in the show uses the same coffin canvas format to create their own artistic statement surrounding the preconceived notions and ideas of the coffin shape. The people in the show have a chance to step out of their comfort zone and, faced with the idea of death, react to it. The result is a visually compelling installation contrasting repetition and individuality.

Boxes of Death showcases artists from the farthest reaches of the continental US as well as some international artists, and highlights an incredibly diverse range of creative backgrounds.

Sponsored by Monster Energy and co-curated by Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow, the 2013 Boxes of Death show has grown to include almost 60 artists. The artist roster includes world-renowned painters, illustrators, graphic designers, motorcycle builders, tattoo artists, assemblage masters and print makers:

LEM BARTLEY, CHRISTINA BURTNER, DAN SORCINELLI, D FACE, EGO, QUINCY QUIGG, MICHAEL CHANDLER, COREY URLACHER, MAT SAVAGE, CRAIG WHEAT, MAYNERD, JOE NIX, 13 FNGRS,  JOE VOLLAN,  LUKE YATES, BRENNAN COYLE, DUFFY, W3 COLLECTIVE, SOLACE WONDER, BRAINFARTS, CHARLIE GRRL, DAVIN SPRIDGEN, MICHAEL HSIUNG, STEVE CABALLERO, MAX SCHAFF, JASON WEBBER, SCOTT HOVE, MARY JOY, JASON JESSEE, JUSTIN KANE ELDER, STEFAN HOFMANN, SCOTT FULLER, ERIK SAKURAGI, TRAVIS WHITE, MATT SPINNEY, KELLIE TALBOT, ZACH EGGE, JAMIE LYNN, VALIENT HIMSELF,  TIM LEHI, JEFF RASSIER, JENNIE COTTERILL, GARETH STEHR, MATJAMES MATSON, COREY SMITH, BEN BROUGH, ROBERT "STICKY" SHAW, DENNIS MCNETT, ADAM WALLACAVAGE, JEFF WRIGHT, MIRMY WINN, SONNY BOY, NICK SIMICH, STEVE OLSON, AUTUMN BUCK, RANDY NORBORIKAWA, ZAC MARBEN, JESSE BROWN, BRIAN SANCHEZ, BRIAN NALLY, ROBERT BOWEN, MARCOS LA FARGA

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