Eric Firestone Gallery and The Hole are pleased to announce:

Storage Wars
August 9th - September 7th
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 9th, 2014 | 6-9 PM

Eric Firestone Gallery
4 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY 11927

  Eric White • 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL (Annie Hall) • 2011 • oil on canvas • 48 x 48 inches 

Eric White • 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL (Annie Hall) • 2011 • oil on canvas • 48 x 48 inches 

Storage Wars examines the fundamental reality that much contemporary art resides in a crate or wrapped in plastic. Aside from the relatively brief period of its presentation in a white gallery, the lifespan of the artwork is dominated by languishing in storage between exhibitions. Galleries, and increasingly collectors, have extensive storage spaces packed with artworks. In an effort to reveal the previously unseen or briefly seen artworks in our inventories, Eric Firestone Gallery and The Hole will present a selection of this cache "as is." The gallery will be stacked with crates opened to reveal their previously secreted away contents.

Visiting Storage Wars will be like getting a private tour of the galleries' storages. It will include new works just arrived from overseas that will get to breathe for the first time alongside works perhaps forgotten in the galleries' archive and pulled out for a fresh start, underground artists, chance secondary market works and a few surprises.

Relational aesthetics dictates awareness of the socio-cultural forces that inform one's experience of art, this show intentionally exposes the art as objects whose lives dictate that they must be wrapped, crated, shipped and stored prior to exhibition then often sent right back into storage. If a gallery is a white box, where for a brief moment artworks are liberated from the confines of wooden crates to be shown for a month or so only to be packed away again, we seek to highlight this moment in the spotlight by literalizing the exchange of goods from within the exhibition space itself. At the same time, the beauty of the artworks will transcend this raw un-filtered presentation; the works appear as objects whose potential beckons, full of excitement to be liberated from their crates and resume their lives on walls beneath the admiring gaze of viewers.