February 11, 2013

Storage Wars: A Group Exhibition By 5790projects


5790projects, a rad curatorial partnership devote to providing opportunities for emerging artists based in Los Angeles, opened their first exhibition of 2013 this weekend at the Beacon Arts Building in Inglewood.  The show's title, Storage Wars, refers to both the venue's origins as a moving and storage company and the show's theme of evaluating the way in which we store and archive personal histories.  It's only up for a week, so get your hustle on if you'd like to see it in person.

At least two of the artists in the show are painters, two others might be, and one probably isn't.  But who really knows?  Trying to classify artists or their work into such specific categories is growing progressively difficult and increasingly pointless.  (But that's a post for another day).  Regardless, the show has a good number of paintings that are definitely paintings and several paintings that might be paintings and overall it's a nice glimpse into L.A.'s emerging artists scene.

Paintings by Justin John Greene in Storage Wars

Artist Justin John Greene has several strong, painterly works on display that, according to the press release, "recall our tendency to romanticize our experiences with a cinematic flair."  Greene shows a nice control of the medium in his work.

Justin John Greene, Scenes That We've All Seen Before, 2011, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches

Paintings by Justin John Greene in Storage Wars

Etienne Zack's contribution to the show - several large oil paintings - seem to riff on the traditional painterly categories of still life, landscape and figure painting in an interesting way.

Etienne Zack, Downward Records, 2012, oil on canvas, 74 x 66 inches, in Storage Wars

Etienne Zack, Underlining, 2012, oil on canvas, 74 x 66 inches, in Storage Wars

Etienne Zack, Fitting, 2013, oil on canvas, 74 x 66 inches, in Storage Wars

Natalie Labriola's Cracked Screen v.2.1 consists of holographic paper that has been painted over with dark acrylic paint to create a glistening web-like crack pattern.  (A possible Duchamp refrence?)

Natalie Labriola, Cracked Screen v.2.1, 2012, acrylic on holographic paper, 49 x 24 x .75 inches, in Storage Wars

Emily Silver's work in the show is primarily sculptural - made up of an eye-pleasing cacophony of detritus - but one of the works, Just Go, is installed on the wall and I'm not certain but I think I spotted some paint among the mixed media debris.  Sculpture? Mixed media painting? You decide.

Emily Silver, Just Go, 2013, mixed media, 26 x 10 x 20 inches, installed in Storage Wars

Emily Silver, Just Go, detail

Even the prolific artist collective Finishing School had some paintings to display in Storage Wars - this suite of small black monochromes on linen.

Finishing School, 54: The Lagoon Is Always Darkest Before Daybreak, 2012, oil on linen, each 10 x 10 inches installed in Storage Wars

Storage Wars is on view through Friday, February 15th at the Beacon Arts Building, 808 N. La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302.  Hours are Monday-Friday, 11AM-6PM.

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(Image at top: Installation view of Storage Wars at Beacon Arts Building.)

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