THE BONEYARD PROJECT: RETURN TRIP opens on Saturday, January 28th.
Conceived in 2011 by Eric Firestone and organized by Firestone with curators Carlo McCormick, Lesley Oliver and Med Sobio, the exhibit resurrects disused airplanes from America’s military history through the creative intervention of contemporary artists. Each of the artists included in the exhibit has utilized airplanes and aircraft parts found among the airplane graveyards located in the Arizona desert, known throughout the region as “boneyards.”
Artists have transformed entire aircraft, nose cones, wings and cockpits into a stunning array of works that celebrate the glorious history of the aeronautic industry as well as cutting edge contemporary, street and graffiti art. For the graffiti artist, Retna, an abandoned DC3 comes to life through the use of his own dramatic visual language that transforms the metal giant into a living canvas. With a nod to the airplane graffiti and ‘nose art’ that became popular in WWI and WWII, the project offers a vision of the wonder of air travel as seen through the eyes of some of the most prominent and acclaimed artists working today.
THE BONEYARD PROJECT: RETURN TRIP includes works from more than 30 artists including 3 DC Super 3 airplanes painted by graffiti artists How & Nosm, Nunca and Retna; a C97 cockpit by Saner; and C45 aircraft reinvented by Faile and Andrew Schoultz. New nose cones and works on various aircraft elements have been created by BAST, Colin Chilag, Crash, Daze, Daniel Martin Diaz, Tristan Eaton, TRUSTOCORP, Jameson Ellis, Ron English, Faile, Erik Foss, Luster Kaboom, Mark Kostabi, Lisa Lebofsky, Alex Markwith, Walter Robinson, Hector Ruiz, Randy Slack, Ryan Wallace and Eric White. Still other works, exhibited in the first iteration of the Boneyard Project in the exhibit, Nose Job (summer, 2011 at Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton, NY) will be on view with works by Aiko, Dan Colen, Peter Dayton, Shepard Fairey, Futura, How and Nosm, Juan James, Tara McPherson, Richard Prince, Lee Quinones, Saner, Kenny Scharf, Shelter Serra and JJ Veronis.
The PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM is the largest non-government funded aviation museum in the United States, and one of the largest in the world. It maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe and more than 125,000 artifacts.
The museum is located at 6000 East Valencia Road in Tucson, Arizona and is open to the public from 9:00am – 5:00pm daily. T: 520-574-0462
THE BONEYARD PROJECT: RETURN TRIP
Exhibit opens Saturday, January 28th with a reception from 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
There is a $5.00 entrance fee.
The exhibition is on view through the end of May, 2012
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