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Saint Xavier University is ‘Out of the Box’ with Art Gallery Show

Sculptural boxes on display through Feb. 9

CHICAGO (Jan. 3, 2004) – The SXU Gallery will exhibit “Boxes that Conceal and Reveal: Collaborative Works by Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg and Kenneth Hochberg” Jan. 17 through Feb. 9, with an opening reception and lecture by the artists at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7. The artists—a husband-and-wife team from Kutztown, Pa.—create sculptural boxes with profound meanings.

Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg is an associate professor at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and Kenneth Hochberg is the department chair of Graphics, Web Design and Drafting at Berk’s Technical Institute in Pennsylvania. Each have exhibited their art in galleries across the country. Both are painters with separate bodies of work who collaborate on this shared art form.

According to the artists, “The creative process involves handing the box back and forth over the course of many months. Each person receives the box, sees what the other has done and makes the next creative decision.”

Though neither can be credited as the individual creator of their work, a single message behind their medium. “The exterior/interior relationship offered in the box form is for us analogous to the physical world (the exterior) and the meaning that we perceive lying just beneath the surface of the physical world (the interior),” explained the artists.

Their works also make cultural and social statements beyond their aesthetics. One piece, “Ties that Bind,” reveals the internal and external worlds of local Mennonite farmers during winter. The outside of the box is barren and empty. The inside is bright and colorful, referencing the bustling activity of sewing, cooking and quilting. Currently, the Hochbergs are working on a box expressing the over-development occurring in their area.

To learn more about the artists, visit www.blacklabdesigns.com or www.cherylagulnick.com. The SXU Gallery, 3700 West 103rd Street, Chicago, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call 773-298-3000 for more information.

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