Press Release: Boxed Out by Cybele Lyle

Cybele Lyle: Boxed Out at the SFAC Galleries Window Installation Site

January 24 – April 12, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, January 9, 2014 – “We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality,” are just a few of the words by influential Queer Studies scholar José Esteban Muñoz that resonate with San Francisco-based artist Cybele Lyle.  In her latest installation, Boxed Out presented by the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Galleries, the artist uses images, sculpture, light and projection to break apart the traditional boundaries of interior and exterior space to create a new, third space, for potentiality.

SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler states, “Ms. Lyle’s new installation kicks off a yearlong programmatic focus on the intersection between architecture, art and social/civic engagement. Ms. Lyle is a rigorous thinker and a masterful technician, and Boxed Out will, in addition to being visually impactful, play with breaking structures and shifting perspectives – both literally and figuratively.”

On view from January 24 to April 12, 2014 at the SFAC Galleries Window Installation Site (155 Grove St.), the artwork combines still images and video captured during her daily life with built architectural structures that consider the physical gallery space as well as the vantage point of passersby. Lyle’s interest lies in the mutability of architecture and the possibilities of taking apart and inverting the walls and natural environment that surround her to open up the constructs in which she lives.

Lyle cites another passage from Muñoz’ seminal text, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009) that she feels best explains her work: “Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world.” The artist explains that, “the installation and architecture will shift via a combination of video and still projections, challenging the notion that anything is constant or permanently defined while also creating spaces with new possibilities and new futures.”

Component of Boxed Out were produced during Lyle’s recent Kala Art Institute Fellowship (Berkeley, CA).  Simultaneous to her SFAC Galleries exhibition, she will be a featured artist in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ “Room for Big Ideas” exhibition, The Chasm Arena, (Jan 24 – April 6), curated by Katya Min.


Cybele Lyle was born in Pasadena, CA and currently resides in San Francisco. She works out of Real Time & Space studios in Oakland. She obtained her BFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and her MFA in New York from Hunter College. She has exhibited extensively throughout the Bay Area in venues such as ProArts, ATA, Swarm Gallery, Queens Nails, Krowswork Gallery, B Arthur, and The Lab. In 2012 she was an SFMOMA SECA Award finalist, and in 2011 she was an affiliate resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Cybele is represented by Et al., San Francisco.

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