With the art market on a seemingly out-of-control upward spiral, the idea of collecting art may seem unrealistic for all but a select few. Santa Monica-based gallerist Emma Gray is aiming to change that with her second annual 5 Car Garage Sale.
Gray founded her gallery, 5 Car Garage – literally a converted garage – as an appointment-only exhibition space in February 2013. Her first garage sale last year included affordable works by about twenty-five artists, allowing both collectors and Gray herself the opportunity for exploration with little risk. “The garage sale is a nice way to feel out an artist’s work and it’s a way for me to feel out a new relationship with an artist,” she says.
For this year’s sale, she’s offering work by a smaller, tighter group of thirteen artists. This is also the first time that the sale will be both in the garage and online. “I feel like the online wrinkle needs to be investigated and I thought launching the garage sale is a really good way to do it. It’s an experiment. I don’t want to grow up and be a real gallery,” Gray jokes, “so the best way for me to expand is virtually.”
Some of the works for sale include Mark A. Rodriguez’s ceramic plates of spaghetti, Kyla Hansen’s found object assemblages, and Max Maslansky’s over-painted magazine pages. Prices range from $10 to a few thousand dollars, with many works available for under $1000, making it possible for visitors to acquire a “smaller version of a future very important, big artist’s work,” says Gray.
The sale will take place this Tuesday from 11am–12:30pm, and Saturday from 4-6pm, or by appointment. Although the online shop includes most of the work at the gallery, some pieces that will only be available on-site. Email the gallery for directions.