Opening Reception: February 9th, 7-10p
On view through: February 15, 2013
Beacon Arts Building
808 N. La Brea Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90302
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 11a-6p
5790projects is thrilled to announce its first quarterly pop-up group exhibition for 2013, Storage Wars, featuring five LA-based artists practicing in painting, sculpture, and mixed media arts. Concurrently, more than thirty artist studios in the Beacon Arts Building will be exclusively open for viewing during the opening’s hours.
First built in 1951 as a moving and storage company, the recently renovated Beacon Arts Building inspired this curatorial partnership to host an evaluation of the way in which we store and archive personal histories. How do we define ourselves through retained artifact? The artists featured in Storage Wars grapple with a similar quandaries – whether it’s the modified Hammurabi’s Code of Natalie Labriola (in which emoticons replace hieroglyphics), or the abstracted still life paintings of Etienne Zack, preserving a unique narrative through registry and archive is an intrinsically human ritual. While Emily Silver‘s bittersweet birthday party relics recall a collective fascination with documented milestones, Justin John Greene‘s wry paintings recall our tendency to romanticize our experiences with a cinematic flair. These various behaviors are hinged on our plight for an enduring identity a notion exemplified through Finishing School‘s mixed media, performance, installation, and intervention projects. As technology modifies our relationship with verisimilitude, the relevance of a repository, archive, or even cache for our perennial selves is ever evolving.
For more information on the artists included in this exhibition, please email us at email@example.com. We thank Beacon Arts Building for their generous partnership on this exhibition, and open studios.