Pandora's Box

Two artists will paint from inside a polycarbonate cube


Armed with brushes and paint, Chance Isbell and Morrison Pierce aim to stain a permanent mark on society.

“It is an awareness that the world is changing rapidly and headed into a very dark future unless we wake up the masses and stand together against it,” said Chance Isbell, co-creator of Pandora’s Box. “The reality is frightening, but nobody should be afraid to face it,” he said.

Isbell and Pierce will create a series of paintings that will envelop an eight-foot cube of polycarbonate mounted securely onto a wooden frame. They will be painting from inside the cube.

“I think the overall theme of the box is to bring fundamentals about our perception of the world into the open for people to be social about,” Isbell said.

Over the span of five days, this vision will come to life slowly while Isbell and Pierce manipulate their work space as densely as possible so eventually the view of them painting is going to be blocked out completely.

“When it starts, I'm assuming the two of us will be visually the reason people are stopping and watching, just ants in jar diligently working away to tell a story with pigment,” Isbell said.

But, the work itself should overtake the walls and ultimately make both creators no longer the interest to spectators, he said. There should be a point in the installation where folks are going to have to make an effort to see if the creators are even inside the box painting. 

Originally, Pierce set out with the idea to actually “live” inside of a Plexiglas cube that was locked from the outside, David Blaine style, Isbell said.  
“I suggested we could do something in that space simultaneously by bringing the walls to life with things we’re both equally passionate about,” Isbell said.

He said both artists decided the idea was best applied to the interior of the structure in reverse, similar to an animation cell and seen the correct way from the outside of the installation.

By applying this technique from the inside out, it will keep Isbell and Pierce unaffected from outside elements and motivated within their own headspace, Isbell said.

The creators share perspectives on many world issues such as food, water, non-renewable resources and poisoning of the earth and sea, he said.

“We both strongly feel that it’s our duty as artists to inform the masses visually with our art as much as we possibly can through the platform of Pandora’s Box,” Isbell said. “It exists purely in hopes that anyone who sees it can be inspired enough to start openly asking the right questions and begin delving further into the rabbit hole and the future of our country.”


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