This past weekend, HuffPost Travel went and visited the Eric Firestone Gallery, a new addition to the already busy main street of Easthampton, New York.
We got to talking to Firestone, a Miami-native and recent transplant from Arizona, about his new exhibit, "Nose Job," which takes a look at vintage, government-issued airplanes and the art that is inspired by them.
The exhibit, curated by writer Carlo McCormick, came about when Firestone mentioned that he was intrigued by Arizona's "bone yards" of US Air Force planes.
"I'm an ideas thinker," Firestone told us. "The history of art on planes goes back to World War I and nose art to World War II. I like that art gave these planes personality."
The planes that were used as canvases range from DC7s to F106s. Firestone purchased the scrap planes and gave them to 22 artists in March, letting them have free reign over their projects.
The end result is 22 entirely different interpretations of nose art. Shepard Fairey's piece, "OBEY Megaphone, 2011" is haunting (just take a look inside the cone to see why). Juan James' (aka Carlton DeWoody and Sebastian Errazuriz) "Never Forgive, 2011" speaks to the idea, according to Firestone, "that if you put your guard down, they'll get you. Those two had a true understanding of nose art. You can see it in their style and font."
The pieces each have their own identity; some harp on the hawkish views of American politics of late, while others (and a personal HP favorite) are silly. Dan Colen's "Untitled" piece invites visitors to kiss the cone to create the art. Colen even left 5 lipsticks near the cone so people can participate.
Check out the cones featured in the exhibit below.
Eric Firestone Gallery
"Nose Job", July 15-August 21
4 Newtown Lane, Easthampton, NY 11937