In 2008, Boise State alumni Candace Nicol organized the project 6 Sides 2 Every Story, which brought together artists from all over the world to share their perspectives on international news collaboratively via wooden cubes. The outcome was 91 cubes completed by more than 450 artists from the United States, Canada, England and South Africa.
Each cube unfolds a unique narrative. Beginning with one story/article/clipping from international news, six artists pass around a wooden block, and its accompanying story, as they each construct one side of a 2-inch square. Pieced together, the six images create a dialogue that exhibits a multitude of interpretation.
"6 Sides 2 Every Story essentially is a social experiment," wrote Nicol on 6sides2everystory.blogspot.com. "The purpose of this project is to connect artists from different backgrounds and places."
With contributors ranging from professional printmakers to students, the project is experimental by nature but nonetheless well-organized and insightful. At the end of the project, each artist received a print of the whole six-sided block they shared. These prints are on display with the wooden blocks. "6 Sides 2 Every Story" is on display at the Boise State Student Union Gallery through Sunday, Aug. 7.
Also on the gallery radar, Enso Artspace is currently exhibiting work by two of its founding members, Cate Brigden and Chris Binion. This is the first show following the inaugural exhibition for the workspace/gallery that opened its doors in May.
Brigden, a painter, photographer and printmaker, has been exhibiting her work in the Northwest for more than 25 years. In this collection, she departs from her airy depictions of tree and skyscapes to craft delicate objects that are inspired by the tradition of collecting souvenirs.
Accompanying Brigden's delicate displays are Binion's large-scale oil paintings that depict contemporary household objects in intimate detail. These works were completed over a three-year period and draw inspiration from the tradition of Dutch still-life painting,
Part of Garden City's Live-Work-Create District, the Enso collective is comprised of 10 established Idaho artists with diverse backgrounds and mediums. This exhibit will be open for viewing on Thursdays from 3-8 p.m. and by appointment through Saturday, July 30.
Enso, 120 E. 38th St. Unit #105, Garden City, ensoartspace.com.