The incredible lightness of boxes

Archival Gallery presents the artwork of Sean Royal

“Off the Path” by Sean Royal, light box.

“Off the Path” by Sean Royal, light box.

Where: Archival Gallery, 3223 Folsom Boulevard; (916) 923-6204;

Second Saturday reception: November 9, 6 to 9 p.m. Through November 30.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sacramento's Sean Royal is a self-taught and self-motivated artist. Well, he does get a little help from a Bruce Lee or Frank Zappa quote here and there, like, “Without deviation, progress is not possible,” from the latter.

Royal's new series combines layers of Plexiglas and light boxes with images of feminine beauty—such as a portrait of a young woman, like the glamorous Hedy Lamarr, or disembodied, full lips—plus geometric shapes and graphic flourishes.

He'll be exhibiting this work at Archival Gallery for the month of November. Also showing is John Stuart Berger.