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Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View

Seventh Inning Stretch, Installation View



PRESS RELEASE

Seventh-Inning Stretch Curated by Carlo McCormick and Eric Firestone

August 17 – September 9, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 17th 6:00-9:00pm

Artists include – Daniel Arsham, Slater Bradley, William Coupon, Carlton DeWoody, Sebastian Errazuriz, Elissa Goldstone, Susan Grayson, Jeanette Hayes, Neil Jenney, Deborah Kass, Hiro Kurata, Eva LeWitt, Justin Lowe & Jonah Freeman, Andrea Mary Marshall, Mint & Serf, Guy Overfelt, Raymond Pettibon, Garrett Pruter, Kathy Rudin, Tom Sanford, Shelter Serra, Randy Slack, Jim Thompson, JJ Veronis, Nari Ward, Eric White, Wendy White, Rob Wynne, and Dustin Yellin
East Hampton, NY: Eric Firestone Gallery is pleased to announce the group exhibition Seventh-Inning Stretch, a selection of contemporary artworks exploring, employing and imploring our favorite national pastime, baseball.

The exhibition does not delineate the sport’s history nor ratify its tradition. Rather, McCormick explains that the show is “[a] modest sampling of some of the ways in which baseball has entered the lexicon of contemporary visual art;Seventh-Inning Stretch is hopefully a meditation on how and why we care. It is about the excitement we feel and the beauty of the boredom that borders on ennui.”

Oh, and we do care a whole lot! Whether it be the season or not, baseball is entrenched in American culture and safely protected by our state borders. It’s ours, alone, not overrun by tourists nor affected by our globalized iPhone generation. We’re the only ones who understand it: we all know it, love it, hate it, follow it, play it, watch it, are bored by it, smell it, can nearly taste it, and empathize with it.

Seventh-Inning Stretch provokes our inner child who manifests our heroes and imagines the make-believe land where they live. We collect relics that remind us that this kind of magic can exist. Through visual recognition of cultural icons, William Coupon mimics such childish storylines with his Polaroid portrait series, intimately portraying every player on the 1979 New York Yankees team during spring training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, including Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Billy Martin, Bucky Dent, and others.

Another two artists on view, Deborah Kass and Susan Grayson meditate on the sport itself, and slow down the simple mechanics that keep the game going, pulling apart an epic move that will change history. Here, we can trace the lines and contours of success. Better than an instant replay, these pieces are comprised of freeze-frame type shots to dissect the curveball and homerun, allowing you to study glinting greatness.

Those who aren’t familiar with the rules cannot deny baseball’s command over American iconography and ideology. We use it all: the jargon, “homerun”; the tools, “baseball bat”; the people, “Babe Ruth”; the places, “Yankee Stadium”; the rivalry, “Dodgers-Giants”; the metaphor, “bases loaded,” and; the snacks, “Cracker Jack.” In poured and mirrored glass, Rob Wynne references this national passion through his piece titled, HOMER, 2013.

For many, art is a physical outlet to express uncensored thoughts. However, art and daily life often are separated. Seventh-Inning Stretch confronts this canon by incorporating the universal sport into the gallery.


SELECTED WORKS

Jim Thompson, Installation View, 2013, Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 3.75h x 2.75w in each

Jim Thompson, Installation View, 2013, Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 3.75h x 2.75w in each

Elissa Goldstone and Eva LeWitt, Installation View, 2013 Mets Calendar, Mixed Media on Paper

Elissa Goldstone and Eva LeWitt, Installation View, 2013 Mets Calendar, Mixed Media on Paper

Slater Bradley, Cancer Rising, 1/3, 2013,  Copper, 11h x 8w x 8d in

Slater Bradley, Cancer Rising, 1/3, 2013, Copper, 11h x 8w x 8d in

Justin Lowe & Jonah Freeman, Hits Like A Beast, 2013, Mixed Media Collage, 43h x 30w in

Justin Lowe & Jonah Freeman, Hits Like A Beast, 2013, Mixed Media Collage, 43h x 30w in

Andrea Mary Marshall, BALLS AND TITS, 2013, Acrylic On 1944 Baseball Magazine Cover, 11.13h x 9.25w in each

Andrea Mary Marshall, BALLS AND TITS, 2013, Acrylic On 1944 Baseball Magazine Cover, 11.13h x 9.25w in each

Susan Grayson, George Thomas Seaver, July 9, 1983, 17 Vintage Black And White Silver Gelatin Prints, 86h x 69w in

Susan Grayson, George Thomas Seaver, July 9, 1983, 17 Vintage Black And White Silver Gelatin Prints, 86h x 69w in

Nari Ward, Medicine Bats, 2011, Glass, Cotton, 44h x 36w x 6d in, WRD003

Nari Ward, Medicine Bats, 2011, Glass, Cotton, 44h x 36w x 6d in, WRD003

Wendy White, Turf Wars, 2013, Acrylic On Canvas, Wood, Enamel, 98.5h x 76.5w in, WWHI001

Wendy White, Turf Wars, 2013, Acrylic On Canvas, Wood, Enamel, 98.5h x 76.5w in, WWHI001

Rob Wynne, HOMER, 2013, Poured & Mirrored Glass, 21h x 40w in

Rob Wynne, HOMER, 2013, Poured & Mirrored Glass, 21h x 40w in

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Whoa...closed my), 2003, Pen And Ink On Paper, 30h x 22.5w in

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Whoa...closed my), 2003, Pen And Ink On Paper, 30h x 22.5w in

Daniel Arsham, Eroded Glove, 2013, Crystal, shattered glass, hydrostone, 12.5h x 10.13w x 3.5d in

Daniel Arsham, Eroded Glove, 2013, Crystal, shattered glass, hydrostone, 12.5h x 10.13w x 3.5d in

Wendy White, Turf Wars, 2013, Acrylic On Canvas, Wood, Enamel, 98.5h x 76.5w in

Wendy White, Turf Wars, 2013, Acrylic On Canvas, Wood, Enamel, 98.5h x 76.5w in

Nari Ward, Medicine Bats, 2011, Glass, Cotton, 44h x 36w x 6d in

Nari Ward, Medicine Bats, 2011, Glass, Cotton, 44h x 36w x 6d in

Deborah Kass, Sandy, 1997, Silkscreen on canvas, 48h x 48w in

Deborah Kass, Sandy, 1997, Silkscreen on canvas, 48h x 48w in

Randy Slack, Bad News Bears, 2013, Silkscreen And Acrylic On Canvas, 46h x 60w in, RSLA001

Randy Slack, Bad News Bears, 2013, Silkscreen And Acrylic On Canvas, 46h x 60w in, RSLA001

Eric White, Sometimes I Didn't, 2008, Graphite On Paper 15.25h x 12.25w in

Eric White, Sometimes I Didn't, 2008, Graphite On Paper 15.25h x 12.25w in



PRESS

JEANETTE HAYES: THE INTERNET, RENDER IN OIL,  The New York Times, September 4, 2013

Check Out Kenny Scharf’s New Tire Shop Mural in Culver City, Complex, August 22, 2013

SEVENTH-INNING STRETCH, The World’s Best Ever, August 17, 2013

AGENDA – UNITED STATES – ARTS – SEVENTH INNING STRETCH, Wall Street International Magazine, August 16,2013

“SEVENTH-INNING STRETCH” CURATED BY CARLO MCCORMICK AND ERIC FIRESTONE @ ERIC FIRESTONE GALLERY, EAST HAMPTON, Juxtapoz, August 7th, 2013