The Hole is excited to announce the first solo show by artist Royal Jarmon in our big back gallery. Transforming the room with black brick walls, the artist will hang eight new paintings of fire escapes, a frequent theme in his work of the past few years. Like an aberrant still life, each work depicts an array of objects often magnified in size and detail against a loosely rendered background. Within the nuclear color palette, there is a distinct personal intimacy to the scenes, a kind of homage to the proletarian terrace. Blurred distance, extreme perspective and bizarre juxtapositions characterize these works where debris congregates on New York City fire escapes from stray shoes to dead plants, playing cards and milk crates, beer and oranges. "Fire Escaping" opens at the gallery on Tuesday, April 10th, from 6-9pm.