Eric White: Triage
Nov. 30, 2018 – Jan. 13, 2019
GRIMM New York
202 Bowery (between Prince and Spring)
Opening: Friday, Nov. 30, 6 – 8 p.m.
Through the lens of a fictional character—a woman in 1973 who compulsively arranges mundane objects and cultural ephemera into intricate shrines—Triage examines the psychology of those who fixate on control as a way to manage chaos.
Each of Triage’s eight works depicts a unique aspect of a narrative in which a woman, working as a secretary in the year 1973, lives in persistent fear that imminent doom is surrounding her. She channels this anxiety by performing what she believes to be a healing and protective ritual: obsessively arranging trinkets and cultural ephemera into shrine-like displays within holes in the wall of the office where she works. Her compulsion to construct these arrangements progresses from within the concealed holes in the wall to more elaborate and public shrines in the parking lot of the Brutalist office building.
A distinctly retro feel marks each of Triage’s works, as every single rendered element (cars, records, books, etcetera) dates from 1973 or earlier. Though the parking lot paintings—the commanding centerpiece of Triage due to their monumental size—are crisp and glamorous with cultural references like an Elizabeth Taylor movie billboard and a Diana Ross LP, everything is a little off; for instance, that particular Elizabeth Taylor film was a low-budget dud and certainly never had a billboard. All of the ingredients for an unremarkable suburban corporate landscape are present, but things are curiously scrambled … click to read more in press release.
A preview of works in progress is below. See the Dropbox folder linked above to download high-resolution image files. Image reuse must be with credit to Eric White.