Storage Wars

A Group Exhibition by 5790projectslabriola_15
Open Studios by Beacon Arts Building

Opening Reception: February 9th, 7-10 pm
On view through: February 15, 2013

Featuring work by: Justin John Greene, Finishing School, Natalie Labriola, Emily Silver, Etienne Zack

5790projects is thrilled to announce its first quarterly pop-up exhibition for 2013, Storage Wars, featuring five LA-based artists practicing in painting, sculpture, and mixed media arts. Concurrently, more than twenty 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 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’d 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.

5790projects focuses on providing a pop-up exhibition platform for emerging artists based in Los Angeles. The artists included in Storage Wars encompass a diverse miscellany of practice and exhibition history. Justin John Greene (CA) received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and has since exhibited at the Torrance Art Museum (CA) among many galleries. Finishing School (various) is an artist collective of five members that has exhibited internationally in addition to recent shows at the Hemmer Museum and MoCA. Natalie Labriola (AZ) studied at NYU, and has shown her work globally. Emily Silver (NY) received her MFA from Penn State University and has shown extensively on the East Coast. Etienne Zack (Canada) has been featured at the National Gallery of Canada and The Quebec Triennial at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal, among many other international institutions. All of the artists live and work in Los Angeles.

For more information on the artists included in this exhibition, please visit or email For more information on the Beacon Arts Building, please visit

Beacon Arts Building resident artists participating in the Open Studios:

Adrienne Adar
Francisco Alarcon
Martin Blake
Virginia Broersma
Marylene Camacho
Ricardo Harris-Fuentes
Kohl King
Kelly Kleinschrodt
Deborah Lambert
Michael Maas
Muriel Mandel
Michael Massenburg
Melise Mestayer
Emily Nyburg
Sophia Park
Snezana Petrovic
Fay Ray
Andrea Shapiro
Emily Silver
Lisa C Soto
Essi Zimm

Press Image: Natalie Labriola “Cracked Screen v.1.2.,” (2011), Etched acrylic-coated holographic paper, 4.5″ x 2.5″

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