Behind glass doors and tucked into a corner, The Curious Cabinet at Ejecta Projects is an unevenly angled series of shelves, the last ghostly trace of a kitchen.  Constructed in the early nineteenth century, the Ejecta Projects building was once a modest residence before its latest iteration as an art gallery.  Perhaps the little cupboard long ago held functional tableware and personal mementos; it now houses diminutive works of art for inquisitive viewers. 
 
Installations in the Curious Cabinent tend to stay in place for six months or so.

On display in the “Curious Cabinet” at Ejecta Projects (January - May, 2020) is Paul Shortt: Books 2012-2019.  Shortt’s exhibition features selections of books designed and self-published under the moniker Shortt Editions. Through his own press Shortt works with a mixture of digital printing, Risograph printing, and laser cutting technologies to create innovative, sometimes political, and always witty works of art. The books on display (and also for sale in the gallery) refer directly to identity and social conventions, the often fuzzy distinctions between private and public spaces, and provide humorous critiques of the all too baffling worlds of art and publishing.

Paul Shortt received his MFA in New Media Art from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. His videos have been shown at the Museum of the Moving Image, The Phillips Collection and Whitespace Gallery. He has been in numerous group shows in DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, and New York City. He has participated in residencies at The Luminary, in St. Louis, MO and at Montgomery College in Silver Springs, MD. His works usually engage the public in physical interactions and conversation that examine everyday experiences and cultural norms often in humorous ways through video, books, performance and temporary public art. He has participated in the Printed Matter Art Book Fairs in New York City and Los Angeles in addition to art book fairs in Detroit, Kansas City and Baltimore. His artist books are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Shortt has spoken about his work at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. He has been written about in Hyperallergic, the Washington Post, Bmore Art and Review Magazine. Shortt formerly worked as the New Media Curator for Arlington Cultural Affairs in Arlington County, VA. Shortt is currently based in Florida.

August 17 - December 23, 2019

On display in the "Curious Cabinet" at Ejecta Projects is Lucy H. West: HUNGRY SPACEY DISTRACTED, an exhibition of small paintings that reflect her intuition and spontaneity in her fast-paced studio practice.  Lucy H. West is a Philadelphia based artist who is originally from Tokyo, Japan.  Many of her paintings reflect on how her core identity of being a biracial, queer, food-loving, woman is affected by her surrounding environments.  She creates surprisingly expressive compositions that derive directly from her subconscious thoughts, as she seeks for her paintings to be freed from the conventional constraints and conscious processes of artmaking. West invites viewers to interpret her work freely, and she hopes to gain a new understanding of her art through viewers' diverse perspectives.

November 2018 - April 2019

 Mitch Shiles: FEAST. Shiles’s collection of ceramics, including mugs, plates, and salt-and-pepper shakers, suggest a mode of consumption marked by abundance and celebration – a feast.  The saturated glazes, robust geometries, and unexpected textures of his ceramics reiterate the sense of copiousness and plenitude implied by the title.  But, Shiles, in all of his work, is carefully attuned to the tenuous lines between form and function.  His playful and insightful approach to process challenges the seeming divide between usefulness and conceptualism in art. Born in Pennsylvania, Mitch Shiles is an artist who merges multiple media and often vacillates between utilitarian and experiential practices.  Trained as a ceramist, his processes bridge both computer aided methods and ancient craft techniques. Having exhibited bothnationally and internationally, his investigations involve remixing the aesthetics of current cultures and evincing experiences that often lie unseen.

Born in Pennsylvania, Mitch Shiles is an artist who merges multiple media and often vacillates between utilitarian and experiential practices.  Trained as a ceramist, his processes bridge both computer aided methods and ancient craft techniques. Having exhibited both nationally and internationally, his investigations involve remixing the aesthetics of current cultures and evincing experiences that often lie unseen.

http://www.rmshiles.com/

March - November, 2018

In the Palm of My Hand, the title of Ronald Gonzalez’s special collection of tiny figures on display in The Curious Cabinet at Ejecta Projects, describes the size of each sculpture in relation to the viewer’s own hand, one’s sense of touch, and a haptic urge to grasp.  Yet, what each miniature body holds in its “hands,” usually a seemingly sacred attribute, is inextricably connected to its unique character, particular mythology, and peculiar name.

Since the mid-1970s, sculptor Ronald Gonzalez has created elegiac sculptures and installations that are infused with macabre narrative, animistic pathos, and complicated nostalgia. Major museums and galleries nationally and internationally collect and exhibit the artist’s work, as Gonzalez prolifically and obsessively continues to make remarkable sculptures in his Binghamton, New York studio.