The performance piece Artist in a Box consists of the artist, DeMarcus Purham, inside a 36×72” plexiglas metal-frame box, using the plexiglas as a canvas to construct detailed structures surrounding him. He will be inside the box from 6am-10pm, and with the use of glow in the dark paint, visitors will also be able to enjoy the work at night. Through his endurance of long hours within this box, the artist will demonstrate the artistic side of architecture.
DeMarcus Purham, now 28, is a commercial artist born and raised in Chicago. He specializes in creating architectural style art. As a teenager, Purham took part in the Gallery 37 Center for Arts programming. This experience allowed Purham to find a niche: creating dramatic buildings and cityscapes with high-quality colored pencils rendered on multi-colored backgrounds. Pursuing his studies with the same passion he brought to his art, Purham was inducted into the National Honor Society and graduated as valedictorian of Leo Catholic High School in 2005. Most importantly, he was accepted to the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City. After completing one year at Parsons in 2006, Purham returned to Chicago to pursue his art career. Since then, he has created works for the John Hancock Center and Chicago James Hotel, and showcased his artwork at The Artist Project Chicago, One of a Kind Show Chicago, and The Artist Project New York. Purham likes creating something that is new, yet familiar, transforming architectural style drawing into a form of art. Currently, he is working on a new technique using Plexiglas and acrylic paint markers. This new technique will be used in his latest art performance “Artist in a Box.” In 2012, Purham established the performance to further diversify his artistic expression of architectural style art. Purham hopes to establish multiple branding companies that cater to fashion and product firstname.lastname@example.org