COREY HELFORD GALLERY

 COREY HELFORD GALLERY
presents

Beau Stanton
“Prismatic Paradigm”

Opening Reception Saturday, June 10 from 7-11pm
(On View June 10 Through July 8, 2017)


“Kaleidoskull’ (oil on wood – 24” x 24”)
Click here for sample of images from the exhibit

On Saturday, June 10, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will proudly unveil the new solo exhibition — titled “Prismatic Paradigm” — from multi-disciplinary artist Beau Stanton. Featuring all new works from the SoCal native, “Prismatic Paradigm” will be on display in Gallery 3.

Stanton presents a new body of work that fuses familiar gothic motifs and geometric archetypes with a diverse range of techniques including oil painting, printmaking, stained glass, woodworking, sculpture, and aerosol. Cryptic kaleidoscopic images occupy an immersive installation that illuminates and transports the viewer into a surreal space existing in an ambiguous time and place. Translucent layers of color glow between meticulously designed frameworks that compose rose window-like portals and multifaceted sculptures creating carefully crafted displays of light and shadow.

“Illusory Axiom” (acrylic and four color process serigraph on wood – 11” x 14”)

While balancing apocryphal references to religious iconography with calculated geometric forms and engineered objects, Stanton concocts a luminous journey for the subconscious where past and present collide in a visual bacchanalia of chromatic brilliance.

“Essential Nature” (acrylic and four color process serigraph on wood – 16” x 20”)

Regarding his new collection, Stanton shared in a recent interview with Street Art News (3/13): “[Prismatic Paradigm] is going to be largely installation based, and it’s going to include a lot of different media that I’ve been exploring over the last couple years. So, typically I’m a painter and muralist, however, I’ve started to apply my aesthetic onto other mediums such as stain glass, multimedia, animation, recently stop-motion animation, mosaics, etc. So, the idea behind the show is to sort of reconcile all those things into a single viewer experience because I haven’t really shown all those things together in the same place before.”

The opening reception for “Prismatic Paradigm” will be hosted Saturday, June 10 from 7-11pm in Gallery 3 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and on view through July 8.

About Beau Stanton:
A multi-disciplinary artist, Stanton’s work takes the form of paintings, murals, large scale installations, stained glass, and multimedia animations. Focusing on meticulous technique and craft, Stanton’s work is heavily informed by historic ornamentation, religious iconography, and classical painting. A keen interest in iconic visual symbols and Jungian archetypes often provide the foundation for his images.

Stanton is originally from California where he studied illustration at Laguna College of Art and Design. He relocated to New York after graduating in 2008 where he continues to live and work in Red Hook, Brooklyn, drawing constant inspiration from the neighborhood’s rich history. His work has recently been shown in a 12th Century crypt, on the screens of Times Square, the Berlin Wall, and in galleries worldwide.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

 

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
presents

Hueman and Tatiana Suarez

Opening Reception Saturday, June 10 from 7-11pm
(On View June 10 Through July 8, 2017)

Click here for sample of images from the exhibit

On Saturday, June 10, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery is proud to present new works by Oakland-based artist Hueman and Miami-based artist Tatiana Suarez in their first exhibition with the gallery. Entitled “Fioritura, this two-women show will be on view in Gallery 2.

The flower has been employed in art as an analogy for the attributes of femininity since the Middle Ages. For “Fioritura” (“flowering” in Italian), Allison Tinati (known as Hueman) and Tatiana Suarez offer their joint expression of this symbol of the woman, powerful in its resilience, delicate, and beautiful. Hueman’s art appears wonderfully spontaneous, but to her, it is a perfectly calculated blend of opposing elements. She is constantly “seeking balance between the beautiful and the grotesque, the abstract and the figurative, and that golden moment between sleep and awake.” Her work has become instantly recognizable for its equally geometric and ethereal air, broken up as if seen through a colorful prism. In her series of acrylic and spray paint paintings for “Fioritura, Hueman integrates florals into exciting and electric-colored new imagery. Many works also feature motifs inspired by drapery in Old Master painting, made utterly contemporary with her signature palette and graphic style.

Hueman shares: “‘Fioritura’ is an embellishment of a melody as improvised by an operatic singer. This body of work is at once theatrical, decadent, and romantic, a sweet visual melody abundant with ornamentation. Lush silks and flower petals twist and flow in zero gravity, the creases and folds of heavy robes spell opulence.

As my recent work has been leaning more towards the abstract, I’ve become increasingly interested in drapery’s expressive possibilities. Painting fabrics and florals satisfies both my need for realism and my desire for expression beyond the human figure. In ‘Fioritura,’ portraiture is no longer a priority, and the faces and hands are only to provide context for the materials they interact with. ‘Fioritura’ signals a blossoming of my own voice, ethereal, free-flowing and unrestrained.”

Hueman ‘Electric Blanket’ (spray paint and acrylic on canvas – 48 x 60 inches)

For Suarez, the exhibition alludes to a blossoming of her sensual, doe-eyed female figures, which invite you into realms both beautiful and unsettling. Drawing on the symbolism and myth of her rich Brazilian and El Salvadorian heritage, Suarez infuses her paintings not only with personal meaning, but also narrative. In recent years, she has expanded into the world of murals, pushing her compositions in both scale and content. Her new series features some of her largest works to date, including her impressive 6 x 6 feet titular oil painting, “Fioritura”. In this latest body of work, Suarez brings us into the lush, humid throes of a tropical midnight illuminated by the blooming vibrations of her signature colors: “This sultry natural atmosphere is populated by women whose gestures and gazes speak of identity, vulnerability and transformation,” she explains. They embody a spirit native to the artist the ever-alluring, complex spirit that is the dark feminine.

Tatiana Suarez ‘Fioritura’ (oil on canvas – 72 x 72 inches)

Suarez shares: “Adorned by delicately-rendered floral headpieces, drifts of color and gestural marks, these women are all part of a tribe. They are queens, goddesses, life-providers and sisters. Ever-evolving, they are connected to the natural world in multiplicity…they are confident yet vulnerable; fully-formed and yet in flux. ‘Fioritura’ holds space for a tribe of women who have matured from my previous work. They have undergone a sort of transformation – ghostlier, more stylized characters have blossomed into an almost physically tangible, nuanced and commanding presence. ‘Fioritura’ unveils a new note of darkness and sophistication, and a tribe of women born by it.”

The opening reception for “Fioritura” will be hosted Saturday, June 10 from 7- 11pm at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and the exhibition is on view through July 8.

About Hueman:
Allison Tinati, who paints under the moniker “Hueman,” grew up drawing and painting in Northern California, and received her degree in Design | Media Arts from UCLA in 2008. Whether she is creating delicate visions on canvas, or crushing massive walls with a spray can, she often draws on the human condition to create colorful mash-ups of the abstract and figurative, and the beautiful and grotesque.

Hueman’s unique freestyle process involves creating tightly refined compositions from a spontaneous beginning of paint splashes, drips, and sprays. Through this method she is interested in creating motion and dimension on flat, two-dimensional surfaces, and her layered works can be seen on public walls and in galleries worldwide.

About Tatiana Suarez:
Born and raised in Miami, Tatiana Suarez’s work draws you into a surreal, creamy, and ethereal world filled with doe-eyed figures ornamented by unsettling accompaniments and sexual undertones. On both canvas and walls, Suarez’s work is rich with symbols from her Brazilian and El Salvadorian heritage, juxtaposing the beautiful with the exotic and creepy to create enchanted narratives. The natural mythology and folklore from her respective parent cultures influence her work, from the indigenous face paint and adornment used to the rich and tropical color palettes of the South American landscape.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
presents

Mary Jane Ansell
“Of Dreams, Birds and Bones”

Opening Reception Saturday, June 10 from 7-11pm
(On View June 10 Through July 8, 2017)


“The White Harts Return” (oil on aluminium panel – 27” x 18”)

On Saturday, June 10, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will proudly unveil “Of Dreams, Birds and Bones, the seventh solo exhibition and first in Los Angeles from Brighton, UK-based artist Mary Jane Ansell. Ansell’s collection of all-new works will be hosted in Gallery 1.

The Award-Winning portrait artist has developed a distinctive technique which draws influences from a multitude of sources, and her appreciation of a refined technique invokes classical portraiture but with a resolutely modern viewpoint. For a number of years, she has worked with a small group of models, each of whom embody recurring characters and particular qualities that evolve, adding further layers of narrative to the works.

“Liberty Sleeping” (oil on aluminium panel – 48” x 32”)

Regarding her new collection, Ansell shares: “The genesis of ideas often takes place in the shadowy in between of sleep and wakefulness. Images emerge alongside a long forgotten refrain from a childhood rhyme, ‘one for sorrow, two for joy…’ waking more, the radio tunes to another news flash…reports of momentous and confusing times, thoughts grasped then lost as opposing forces pull back the tides…‘three for a girl, four for a boy’ work begins and life has other plans, they feed in, inevitably, ‘five for silver, six for gold’ the paintings become respite and a place of healing ‘seven for a secret never to be told.’ The months etched in oils, they reveal their own language and transcend it.” She adds, “This show is dedicated to my mother, Kate Ansell, who died in 2016.”

‘Treasury of Souls’ (oil on aluminium panel – 26” x 26”)

The opening reception for “Of Dreams, Birds and Bones” will be hosted Saturday, June 10 from 7-11pm in Gallery 1 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and on view through July 8.

About Mary Jane Ansell:
Born in England in 1972, Mary Jane exhibits internationally, with group and solo exhibitions in the UK, Asia and USA.

She has been selected four times for the prestigious BP National Portrait Award, held annually at the National Portrait Gallery in London, as well as the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and Threadneedle Prize.

Mary Jane’s work has been featured on the covers of numerous magazines, including American Art Collector and International Artist; plus, a number of recent novels, including The Gilly Salt Sisters by New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Baker. One of her more celebrated collectors is musician Adam Ant who featured two of her paintings on the cover of his album: Adam Ant is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter.

Her work is featured in private and public collections worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery London and the Brighton and Hove Museums UK.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visitcoreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
Presents
Eric Joyner
“Tarus Bondon Dot” 

Opening Reception Saturday, May 6 from 7-11pm
(On view May 6 through June 3, 2017)


“Rockin’ At Sharkys” (oil on panel, 48″ x 36″)
Click here for sample of images from the exhibit 

On Saturday, May 6, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will proudly unveil “Tarsus Bondon Dot,” the new solo exhibition from San Francisco-based award-winning artist/illustrator Eric Joyner. “Tarsus Bondon Dot” marks Joyner‘s seventh solo exhibition at CHG and be hosted in Gallery 1.

Joyner, of “Robots and Donuts” fame, depicts the tenuous conflict between children’s toys and the adulthood as a portrait of another reality. His work is characterized by his playful and surrealistic style that creates the harmony between the mix of cartoon characters, especially Japanese tin robots and colorful donuts inserted in all kinds of landscapes from the Dinosaur Ages to the bottom of the ocean.

“The Raven And The Clock” (oil on panel, 36″ x 36″)
Of his new series of paintings, Joyner — whose work has been showcased throughout California and around the world — shares: “For this exhibit, I wanted to show some of the activities we partake in, to distract ourselves from everyday life. I like exploring the absurd and reflect on life around me, as I see it. In many ways, ‘Tarsus Bondon Dot’ represents the totality of my life.”

“Golf” (oil on panel, 16.5″x 20″)

The opening reception for “Tarsus Bondon Dot” will be hosted Saturday, May 6 from 7-11pm in Gallery 1 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and on view through June 3.

About Eric Joyner:
Eric Joyner attended the Academy of Art and the University of San Francisco and went on to establish himself as a commercial artist, creating illustrations for Mattel Toys, Levi’s, Microsoft and Showtime. A member of San Francisco Society of Illustrators and New York Society of Illustrators, Joyner has been an instructor and speaker at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University and California College of the Arts. His work has been featured in San Jose Museum of Art’s exhibition “Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon”, and he has shown in numerous galleries and cultural institutions worldwide.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

 

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
presents
Iva Troj and Sergio Lopez

Opening Reception Saturday, May 6 from 7-11pm
(On view May 6 through June 3, 2017)
Click here for sample of images from both exhibits

On Saturday, May 6, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) is proud to present new works by UK-based multimedia artist Iva Troj and San Francisco-based painter Sergio Lopez in their first exhibitions with the gallery. Both exhibitions will take place in Gallery 3.

Iva Trojs paintings exhibit the sensibility and feminine grace present in Renaissance era art, combined with her uniquely modern point of view. Growing up in the outskirts of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Troj was faced early on with male dominance in a communist country. The themes in her work vary, but challenging the hetero-normative perspective has always artist Iva Troj been a central concern. Masterfully executed in colored pencil, acrylic, and gold leaf, and ripe with personal symbolism, Troj’s new collection “Fallow and Fire” offers her interpretation of social constructs that founded gender boundaries in art.


Iva Troj: “Lions & Monkeys: A Place II” (mixed media (color pencils, acrylics, gold leaf on canvas), 22.8″ x 33.4″)

Set against tapestry-like backgrounds, her portrayals of elegant nudes and animals represent scenes from the artist’s own life, while illustrating the duality in female sexuality and beauty. Included in the exhibit are four key pieces from her larger, ever-evolving, “Bride Series. About this body of work, Troj shares: “As a child I was taught to question one-dimensional narratives, which grew from a survival technique to technology of the artistic self. In many ways, I am what you get when you throw ancient Sakar Mountain wisdom failing to adapt to totalitarian ideas right into the pits of post-industrial capitalism. My language may be subtle, but my ideas are not.

Like many artists, I discuss personal experiences. At the same time, I strive to escape the self, an urge that partially stems from crossing borders in the last years of the cold war. Living through cultural starvation in my childhood has made me restless and hungry for honest creativity with an almost childlike curiosity. In that sense, nothing I discuss is strictly personal. Sexual abuse, violence, trauma…I may present an unusual perspective on these topics stemming from the self, but only as an outset. The work needs to keep changing, relive itself, challenge its own conformity.”

In the stunning figurative oil paintings of Sergio Lopez, the artist’s muses appear to blend with their environment in elaborate displays. The physical boundary is blurred between their bodies and the wild, often floral-patterned fabric backdrops that are draped behind them. For Lopez, the female form is a beautiful, spirited motif that is used to communicate his innermost ideas to the viewer. While his work is grounded in realism, it also possesses a surreal quality, and represents the aspects of art and design that he finds inspiring. In Lopez’s ongoing painting series (also the title of his new exhibition at CHG), Painted Roses” explores his favorite subject matter in a variety of sensual images.


Sergio Lopez “This Be” (oil on linen, mounted on board – 20″ x 18”)

Lopez shares: “In my ‘Painted Roses’ series, physical boundaries between skin and floral patterns are dissolved. I merge the figure in and out of the background playing with patterns of the femininity and delicacy of roses, with the dark, urban hint of floral tattoos and piercings all loosely played around the soft delicate translucence of the female figure. The patterns become stand-ins for nature as the female figures appear to be in the grips of rapture, as if they are in love with their own bodies and with the flowers. ‘Painted Roses’ demonstrates how our real and perfect beauty is usually not visible or exposed; it is often covered by external facade dictated by the culture we live in, some of which is not easily removed or separated from one’s true self.”

The opening reception for Iva Troj and Sergio Lopez will be hosted Saturday, May 6 from 7-11pm at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and both collections are on view through June 3.

About Iva Troj:
Contemporary Art Excellence Artist of The Year 2016 and 2013 Towry Best of East England Award Winner, Iva Troj seamlessly incorporates her vast experience of traditional painting techniques with postmodern elements to create engaging Renaissance-style works that challenge the notion of societal conformity. Knowledge of traditional art techniques were first inspired by the necessity to fit within Cold War aesthetics of social realism. Alongside this, however, lay an acute perception of the reality existent beneath external structures: Troj has long been inspired by Japanese art and culture – traditional and contemporary – evident in the strange characters and icons which populate her landscapes alongside nude renaissance figures. It would be straightforward to assimilate Troj’s work with some sort of allegory. However, the artist is open in expressing the danger in utilizing this as a tool that is often too culture specific. Instead by breaking up classical motifs, Iva Troj introduces parallel stories in a postmodern shift, binding the inescapably contemporary with revived histories.

About Sergio Lopez:
Sergio Lopez, born in 1983, is a graduate of the Academy of Art in San Francisco – and is an exemplary painter in a variety of mediums. His artistic knowledge ballooned when he discovered his love of oil painting and charcoal drawing. He filled sketchbook after sketchbook with observations from life as well as drawings from his imagination. The Golden Age illustrators, Bravura painters, contemporary artists, concept designers, graffiti writers, and photographers have been some of his strongest influences in his pursuit of painting. He continues to study by visiting museums and observing the Great Masters, which he strives to learn lessons of beauty from. His paintings of female nudes are unique and arresting. They have been soaring in popularity since they first began appearing in publications such as Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Spectrum, and Bluecanvas. He has even been selected twice as a finalist for the Art Renewal Center’s prestigious yearly Salon.

Sergio continues to work in a variety of mediums and styles. From oil and gouache landscapes in and out of the studio to nude gesture studies in newsprint, he enjoys it all. Sergio especially enjoys discovering new vistas, setting up his easel, and creating a piece on the spot. He believes there is no better way to discover the truth and essence of a scene than by standing before it and studying it carefully. Sergio is a native of Sonoma County. He finds the area ever-inspiring, and never ceases to find a new gorgeous area no matter how often he explores. Since he began participating in Plein Air Events in 2010, Sergio has won multiple awards, including Epperson Gallery’s Valona Paint Out best of show award two years in a row, 3 awards in the 2010 Paint San Clemente Festival, 2nd place Artist Choice Award for Telluride Plein Air 2013, and Honorable Mention in the Alameda Plein Air event two years in a row. He uses the knowledge gained from painting outdoors in his studio paintings. He also is the co-founder of the North Bay Plein Air Painters group and has been helping organize monthly paint-outs since 2009.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

 

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
Presents

Lori Nelson
“Cryptotweens: Find My Friends”

Opening Reception Saturday, May 6 from 7-11pm

(On view May 6 through June 3, 2017)

“Float On, Anyway” (oil on canvas, 20″ x 24″) 

Click here for sample of exhibit images

On Saturday, May 6, Corey Helford Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles presents new works by Lori Nelson in her second solo exhibition with the gallery, entitled “Cryptotweens: Find My Friends,” in Gallery 2.

In her 2016 exhibition, “Cryptotweens Are Like,” the Brooklyn-based painter presented a cast of whimsical monster-tweens who are ferociously flawed. In this ongoing series, her young monsters are usually in a position of self-discovery and power, potentially mastering their world as they encounter adolescence. Whether they are human with fantastical features or super-powerful cryptids with unusual apps on their smartphones, we can recognize ourselves in each of Nelson‘s subjects. Her new series — “Cryptotweens: Find My Friends” –takes place in a parallel universe where the subjects are neither child nor teen, human nor monster, and are on the verge of discovering their own personal powers.

Nelson shares: “Cryptotweens have always embodied the strange and beastly aspects of not only adolescence but also of humanity in general. My wish is always to portray the awkward and homely as possibly beautiful and embraceable, if only we can be brave enough to stare at our own monstrosity with clear unpolluted eyes.”

“Neighbor Girl” (oil on panel, 30″ x 30″)

“The show title, ‘Find My Friends,’ is derived from an app of the same name. The plaintiveness of this phrase strikes me as more symbolic than the programmers of this locating tool probably ever intended, capturing the motivation behind much of our technology use: as we dive deeper into our devices, we want nothing more than to find companionship. In this spirit, I’ve delivered a small friend or familiar to most of my Cryptotweens, almost as if granting a wish. This is a gesture of my hope that all of us, everywhere, will eventually find our friends.”

The opening reception for “Cryptotweens: Find My Friends” will be hosted Saturday, May 6 from 7-11pm at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through June 3.

About Lori Nelson:
Lori Nelson is a Brooklyn-based painter whose narrative work incorporates aspects of traditional portraiture, Magic Realism, and vintage storybook illustration. Nods to urban mythology and current tech crazes will often appear in her work so that both yeti and iPhone apps can exist in a strange almost sweet landscape. Teens and tweens are of particular interest to Nelson and, with the fur and scales of cryptids, have been the inspiration of her ongoing “Cryptotween” series where, for several years, she has explored the vulnerability and essence of what it means to be young and monstrous. Growing up in a religious household in the West, Nelson’s primary access to art was through the devotional paintings reproduced in the family scriptures. The believer depicted on the page was of interest to the artist, beyond the gospel message, and a fascination in believers of all types took root, leading to an appreciation for conspiracy theorists, magicians, cryptozoologists, and all who declare, “I want to believe”. Through her oil paintings, Lori Nelson presents an alien world inhabited by strange and powerful children and beasts whose situations and experiences seem spookily familiar as we recognize ourselves in the monsters and the monsters in ourselves.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

 CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

###

For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
Presents
Richard J. Oliver
“Immersion”

Opening Reception Saturday, April 1st from 7-11pm
(On View April 1st through April 29th, 2017)

“Ethereal” (oil on canvas, 26.5” x 40”)

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On Saturday, April 1st, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) is proud to premiere the new collection from Welsh-born, Los Angeles-based pop surrealist painter Richard J. Oliver.

It’s been two years since Oliver had his last solo exhibition of new works, and the wait is well worth it. This new collection of paintings, entitled “Immersion,” is everything that is the best of Oliver — soulful, beautiful, heart-wrenchingly emotional and engaging in a unique and timeless way.

Regarding his new collection, Oliver shares: “This body of work is an expression of, and a meditation on deep rooted feelings of dissociation, isolation and the difficulties of realizing a union between mind and body. I get trapped seeking meaning and understanding at the expense of becoming unaware of the life-giving source that supports and nourishes me each second and while my attention is on insignificance, I miss the majesty of what is all around and within this existence. As a result, life can sometimes appear devoid of any vibrancy.

The challenge therefore has been to try and express this perplexity of uncertain and unclear ideas into a tangible and communicative expression using color and form, or as Plato puts it ‘render the realm of perfect eternal ideas into its imperfect copy.’

But why? Ultimately my hope is that meditating on interconnectedness and immersion in life will attend to the struggle and ease some suffering. By portraying this paradox of solitude of our human condition, I hope to relate and connect through relationships with others, who are feeling the same smallness and often frightening isolation of this human incarnation.

In each of these paintings I have tried to return to some equanimity. I have used the painting practice as a way to release the struggle by embracing all aspects of experience without judgment. While making the art, I adopted a loving kindness to all the inner feelings of confusion, frustration and limitation, and also an outward expression of compassion to others in the knowledge that they are likely to be experiencing the same difficulties in their lives.”

“You Only Lose What You Cling To” (oil on gesso board, 16” x 20”)

“My hope is that the paintings evoke the same feelings in the viewer that inspired me to make them and that somehow, in a small way, we can for just a moment not just be ‘on’ this little world, alone and isolated but be together and ‘of’ this nature and vast universe, and with compassion see in each other both beauty and suffering,” Oliver adds.

“Equilibria” (oil on canvas, 27” x 36”)

Opening reception for “Immersion” will be hosted Saturday, April 1st from 7-11pm at CHG. The reception is open to the public and the exhibit will be on view through April 29th.

About Richard J. Oliver:
Richard J Oliver was born and raised in Wales, United Kingdom, studied Fine Art at the University of the West of England and undertook his Masters at UWIC in Wales. In his time between studies, Oliver built his reputation, beginning in Wales and later gaining recognition throughout the UK. His work has been included in numerous European group shows, which then segued into solo shows, including an exhibition at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in Wales.

Oliver’s early work focused on his homeland, particularly the struggle of its youth trying to find identity in the aftermath of the local mining industry’s demise. His work often showcased the skeleton landscapes of mining villages in the Welsh valleys juxtaposed with contemporary youth. His latest works explore more universal subjects, from environmental issues to humanitarian and social problems that are close to his heart.

Since becoming a parent, Oliver has explored the anxieties of raising a child in an environment on the brink of disaster. The images touch on the tragedy of children forced to survive in an apocalyptic environment and violently fend for themselves. He transforms the natural instincts of fatherhood and family protection into striking visuals. More recently, portraits have crossed into the dark, brooding world of Grimm’s fairytales and surrealistic subjects that help convey the emotion and tragedy of our world’s children. Oliver works closely with many charities, having donating proceeds from his work to DreamLoveCure.org, City of Hope’s Department of Pediatrics, Williams Syndrome association and the Autism Society of Los Angeles.

Oliver currently paints and resides in Los Angeles.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

 

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
presents 

Art Collector Starter Kit

4th Annual Group Exhibition
Opening Reception Saturday, April 1st from 7-11pm
(On View April 1st through April 29th, 2017)

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On Saturday, April 1st, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will present their fourth annual Art Collector Starter Kit group exhibition, showcasing an array of art from over 50 well known artists and newcomers to the CHG roster.

Four years ago, CHG established what would become an annual tradition — the Art Collector Starter Kit group exhibition. The aim was to have the top artists in the New Contemporary art scene create all new 12″ X 12″ works that would be more affordable for beginning collectors. This way, new collectors could own works from their favorite artists rather than settling for whatever was in their price range. It was also a way for artists to show that they weren’t just interested in the big-ticket collectors, but all collectors. The exhibition was met with huge crowds and incredible enthusiasm and this year CHG introduces ACSK lV with an incredible line-up of 50 artists, including world-renowned artists such as Camille Rose Garcia, Shag, Hush, and many more.

One of the goals of CHG has always been to bring the artists they love into the homes of as many art lovers as possible. At many openings, the gallery hands out 300-500 free mini prints of the exhibiting artist’s works, just to help enthusiasts bring home a piece of art from the show. ACSK lV is an extension of that policy, offering much more affordable works from artists who are truly appreciative of their fans and go the extra step each year to show it. CHG believes art is for everyone and will continue to expand the New Contemporary scene with an “inclusive” approach to fine art.

Dieorama by Abigail Goldman “Not Again, Bob” (assorted plastics, acrylic paint, 8″ x 8″ x 8″)

Opening reception for ACSK lV will be hosted Saturday, April 1st from 7-11pm in the main gallery at CHG. The reception is open to the public and the group show is on view through April 29th.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

COREY HELFORD  GALLERY
presents

Okuda San Miguel

Opening Reception Saturday, April 1st from 7-11pm
(On View April 1st through April 29th, 2017)

 “World can’t fly without the shaman” (synthetic enamel on wood panel, 47” x 47”)

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On Saturday, April 1st, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) presents Madrid-based artist Okuda San Miguel in his U.S. debut exhibition, entitled “Mayan Renaissance”. On view in CHG’s Gallery 2, Okuda’s exhibition features a new series of his vibrantly colored synthetic on enamel paintings, sculpture, and tapestry.

Okuda‘s distinctive style of geometric harmonies, emboldened with intense colors, makes his artworks feel like they’re from a parallel universe. Rainbow geometric landscapes blend with organic shapes, headless animals, figures, and personal iconography. His eye-catching large-scale murals and sculptures can be found in cities around the world, and his approach to fine art is just as diverse.

Featuring elements of embroidery, collage and wood, Okuda’s art expresses what he describes as “an insatiable thirst for creation.” Throughout, Okuda addresses questions about existentialism, the universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, and the contradictions of the false freedom of capitalism, showing conflict between modernity and our roots. In his new body of work, Okuda offers his personal reinterpretation of classic imagery through a contemporary lens. A recent visit to Sicily brought Okuda face-to-face with the masterpieces of sculptors like Bernini and Jean-Pierre Cortot, inspiring him to reinterpret their historic figures. He aligns them with characters of Greek mythology, and modern faces of politics and pop-culture, like fashion model Cara Delevingne and rap group Die Antwoord, reborn in Okuda’s bright, prismatic world: “In this more mature period in my career, travelling and painting around the world is one of my most important sources of inspiration. Getting to know and understand the different cultures that surround us has given me the sensibility to express common situations but always from a positive and colorful point of view.”

“No mask for the wicked” (synthetic enamel on wood panel, 47” x 47”)

“My art reflects my love of metamorphosis. Playing with shape and form, I highlight this juxtaposition within my characters, mixing up their shapes and personalities. I paint my faces with geometric patterns to show equality among the different races, placing all skin types on the same level; multi-colors symbolize multi-culturalism,” Okuda shares.

“Yolandi bird’s” (synthetic enamel on wood panel, 31” x 31”)

“My works always have a touch of some recognizable elements; for example, eyes are painted with the black and white of the cosmic universe. I use colors as a symbol of life and the natural world, while the grey scale in my paintings represents cement, death, dust and the material of classical sculptures. I am constantly challenged to find a harmonious balance of the grey scale with my vibrant palette – I need to create to be happy, and feel alive. Art is the meaning of my life.”

The opening reception for “Mayan Renaissance” will be Saturday, April 1st from 7-11pm at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and the exhibition is on view through April 29th.  

About Okuda San Miguel:
Okuda San Miguel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Madrid’s Complutense University. His unique iconographic language of multicolored geometric structures and patterns on the streets, railroads and abandoned factories around the globe have made him one of the world’s most recognizable street artists of today. Highly sought after for large scale projects, Okuda is perhaps best known for his conversion of an abandoned Spanish church aptly named Kaos Temple, which has become a new icon of contemporary art. Parallel to his work outdoors, in 2009 Okuda started his own studio practice and his fine art has been exhibited in galleries from India, Mali, Mozambique, United States, Japan, Chile, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Mexico and the European continent among others.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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  COREY HELFORD  GALLERY

presents

Alex Gross

Opening Reception Saturday, February 25th from 7-11pm
(On View February 25th through March 25th, 2017)

Alex Gross 'Contemplation (Slurpee)' (oil on canvas - 42 x 32 inches)
“Contemplation (Slurpee)” (oil on canvas – 42” x 32”)

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Los Angeles (January 25, 2017) – On Saturday, February 25th, Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) is proud to premiere “Antisocial Network,the first exhibition in Los Angeles in over a decade from one of the most renowned New Contemporary pop surrealists, Alex Gross. On display in CHG’s main gallery, the new collection from the Los Angeles-based artist features oil paintings, drawings and mixed media cabinet card paintings.

Although modern technology appears in only about half of the works, the multiple readings of this phrase apply to every piece in the exhibition. One interpretation gleaned from the new work is that social networks, both real and online, rather than bringing us closer, are in fact eroding our connections with one another, resulting in isolation, loneliness, and the inability to exist in the present.

Several paintings reference well-known corporate brands, but overall the work has a more intimate and personal slant than Gross’ previous exhibitions. In several pieces, figures are lost in thought, if not distracted by a phone or VR headset, then perhaps by their thoughts. In another, a young lady seems to contemplate her own mortality within a giant slurpee. Another floats aimlessly, lost in thought in the bath, alone but for a few rubber ducks. An attractive couple embrace while at the beach, but one of them appears to be quietly fading away. And a seeming bride-to-be cradles the head of her apparently android companion.

Alex Gross 'Shopaholics II' (oil on canvas - 42 x 42 inches)
“Shopaholics II” (oil on canvas – 42” x 42”)

These paintings straddle the line between surreal dreamscape and incisive social commentary. The result is an intimate portrait of the modern condition in 2017. What the future holds for us as a species, and for our relationship to the world around us, is one of the key themes that unifies these unique and powerful paintings.

Alex Gross ‘Monogatari’ (oil on canvas – 41 x 41 inches)
“Monogatari” (oil on canvas – 41” x 41”

The opening reception for Alex Gross’ new collection will be hosted Saturday, February 25th, 2017 from 7-11pm in the main gallery at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and the exhibition is on view through March 25th, 2017.

About Alex Gross:
Alex Gross was born in 1968 in Roslyn Heights, NY and currently lives in Los Angeles. In 1990, he received a BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Since then, he has had nine solo exhibitions at various galleries, and participated in dozens of museum and gallery exhibitions across the globe. His 2017 exhibition, entitled “Antisocial Network,” at Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery will be his tenth solo exhibition.

In the summer of 2007, Gross’ first retrospective museum show was held at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA. Gross is a recipient of the prestigious Artist’s Fellowship from the Japan Foundation, and several faculty grants from Art Center College of Design, where he taught from 1994 to 2005.

In 2006, Chronicle Books published Gross’ first monograph, The Art of Alex Gross. Gross’ second fine art book, Discrepancies, was published by Gingko Press in 2010, and includes an introduction by former LA Weekly Art Critic Doug Harvey. In 2012, Gingko published Gross’ third book, Now And Then, The Cabinet Card Paintings of Alex Gross, which includes 98 mixed media paintings. October 2014 brought the release of Gross’ fourth book, entitled Future Tense, Paintings by Alex Gross, again published by Gingko Press. Future Tense is 96 pages and features 40 paintings done between 2010 and 2014. The introduction was written by Caleb Neelon.

“Antisocial Network” is Gross’ first exhibition with Corey Helford Gallery and the first time he has shown in Los Angeles in over a decade. The exhibition will contain about twenty full size paintings, several drawings, and over a dozen new cabinet card paintings.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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COREY HELFORD  GALLERY

presents

Kelsey Beckett

Opening Reception Saturday, January 21st from 7-11pm
(On View January 21st through February 18th, 2017) 

 Kelsey Beckett 'The Collector'
Kelsey Beckett: “The Collector”

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Los Angeles (January 16, 2017) – On Saturday, January 21st, Corey Helford Gallery is proud to premiere a new collection of paintings from Detroit-based artist, Kelsey Beckett, in Gallery 3.

Entitled “Murmuration, this new body of work from Beckett is rooted in the complexities of solitude and intimate behavior. Each figure is presented to the voyeur in their own unique space and narrative, uniquely aware or unaware that they are being watched. Natural elements have been used as symbols to represent the inner workings of each subject’s mind, as they twist like gnarled branches, softly desaturate with melancholy, or bloom with vanity and seduction. They are each placed in personal states of mind as well as action, paused so that the viewer might see themselves eerily reflecting back to a similar memory.  These situations and emotions relate to some on a deeply personal level, and others merely see a lonely portrait. Interpretation of each figure is left widely to the viewer and their own perspective, in hopes that they might find congruence and companionship with another isolated being.

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Beautiful Bizarre describes Beckett as: “…a young talent on the rise. This 26-year-old American freelance illustrator uses painting and digital tools to create breathtaking portraits of female beauties. She captures the charm, fragility, mystery, and glamour of child-like spirits, teenage tomboys, and fantasy heroines in the likeness of Game of Thrones, as well as pop music icons such as Lady Gaga.”

Kelsey Beckett 'Another September Alone'
“Another September Alone”

The opening reception for Kelsey Beckett’s new collection will be hosted Saturday, January 21st, 2017 from 7-11pm in Gallery 3 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and the exhibitions are on view through February 18th, 2017.

 

About Kelsey Beckett:
Kelsey Beckett is a Michigan native and an Illustration graduate of College for Creative Studies. She is a freelance illustrator and fine artist who has shown work in numerous galleries across the country. She works mainly in acrylic and oil. Her work has been featured by Juxtapoz, Beautiful Bizarre and Supersonic Art, as well as published in “Spectrum #20” and “Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art.”

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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 COREY HELFORD  GALLERY
presents

“SENSORY OVERLOAD”

Opening Reception Saturday, January 21st from 7-11pm
(On View January 21st through February 18th, 2017)
Nicole Gordon 'Aquarium' (oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches)
Nicole Gordon: “Aquarium” (oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″)

 

ADRIAN COX * ALEX KIESSLING * BEN FROST * CHIE YOSHII * EWA PROŃCZUK-KUZIAK * GOSIA * HANNAH YATA * JOEY BATES * JOHN BROPHY * KRIS LEWIS * KRISTEN LIU-WONG * LAUREN MARX * LAURIE HOGIN * MIKAEL TAKACS * NAOTO HATTORI * NICOLE GORDON * PAMELA WILSON * PETER GRONQUIST * ROLAND MIKHAIL * RUNE CHRISTENSEN * SASHA IRA * STICKYMONGER * TARA MCPHERSON * TEIJI HAYAMA * THREE * TOM BAGSHAW * WINNIE TRUONG * YOKO D’HOLBACHIE * YOUNG CHUN * YUKA SAKUMA

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Los Angeles (January 12, 2017) – On Saturday, January 21st, 2017, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles presents their first group show of 2017 with “Sensory Overload” in Gallery 2, featuring 30 international artists expressing their creative stimuli. Sensory overload occurs when one or more of the body’s senses experiences over-stimulation from the environment. There are many environmental elements that impact an individual. Examples of these elements are urbanization, crowding, noise, mass media, technology, and the explosive growth of information, especially in today’s social media-addicted culture. The selected artists channel the visual overload of their surroundings, depicting images of clutter and chaos in nature, society, and in the mind. Their collective new works, ranging from oil painting to sculpture, will open the audience’s mind to how we each experience the same world.

Chicago-based artist Nicole Gordon depicts the ever-presence of technology with her colorful, apocalyptic landscape, entitled “Aquarium.” Gordon shares: “We often experience the world virtually and indirectly which creates an inherent disconnect between ourselves and our environment. We risk the inability to find beauty in the tangible world. Without the quiet moments that inspire creativity and growth we may lose our ability to relate to ourselves and others.” John Brophy points to the highs and lows of its occupancy in our lives with a dash of humor. His oil portrait of Hello Kitty, entitled “Kawaii Jihad, combines the power of cute with the threat of violence, and boils down sensory overload to basic motifs. Says Brophy, “One of the most poignant conflicts we experience in our emotional lives today is empathy versus apathy. We are equally captivated by the adorable kitten videos we see on Facebook and the appalling suicide attacks that are now regular features on the evening news. We can’t seem to take our eyes off of these hyper-normal images.”

John Brophy 'Kawaii Jihad' (oil on paper on panel, 7.9 x 9.8 inches)
John Brophy: “Kawaii Jihad” (oil on paper on panel, 7.9” x 9.8”)

For others, creative stimulants come from within, an overwhelming noise of thoughts and emotions that we bear. Austrian artist Alex Kiessling defines sensory overload as “the moment where all distractions influencing a human being become so vibrant, that the only consequence for the consciousness is a complete shutdown and/or a reset,” which he illustrated in her trippy acrylic portrait of a meditating woman, entitled “Transparent. New York-based Roland Mikhail represents this dilemma as an ethereal stallion in his profound, acrylic painting, “Horse II”; he shares: “These are the hidden things our animal bodies carry as they’re poured by life through our culture, into our homes, our families, and finally our bodies. We may make our way through this world with all its sensory forms, but it’s easy to forget just how powerfully this world makes its way through us.”

Alex Kiessling 'Transparent' (acrylic on canvas, 55 x 67 inches)

Alex Kiessling: “Transparent” (acrylic on canvas, 55” x 67”)

Roland Mikhail 'Horse II' (acrylic on panel, 23 x 28 inches)

Roland Mikhail: “Horse II” (acrylic on panel, 23″ x 28″)

The opening reception for “Sensory Overload” will be hosted Saturday, January 21st, 2017 from 7-11pm at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through February 18th, 2017.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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COREY HELFORD  GALLERY

presents

Hikari Shimoda and Michael Page

Opening Reception Saturday, January 21st from 7-11pm
(On View January 21st through February 18th, 2017)

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Los Angeles (January 11, 2017) – On Saturday, January 21st, Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) is proud to premiere their third solo exhibition (and largest to date) with Japanese artist Hikari Shimoda and first major exhibition with San Francisco-based surrealist painter Michael Page. Both collections will share the main room at CHG.

The movement to understand the human condition is an important exploration for any artist and one that permeates deeply within the work of Hikari Shimoda. Glittering with a rainbow of stars, sparkles, and skulls, her paintings capture the metamorphosis of innocence and a dying planet that awaits rescue by a cast of unlikely heroes: fantastic magical girls and peculiar, big-eyed children adorned with horns and wings. In her third exhibition with the gallery, entitled “Memento Mori, Shimoda will debut a new series of twenty oil and mixed media paintings that continues to expand on her vision of the world after Japan was struck by the tragic Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011.

Shimoda’s fascination with religion’s role in a hopeless landscape is reflected in her dashing compositions. In addition to her well known “Whereabouts of Gods” portrait series, Shimoda’s new body of work expands to include five new series: “Whereabouts of God – Nobody, “Our God,” “I Do Not Know My Enemy,” “Manga,and “Death and Angel, populated with brilliant Buddhas, dark angels, and mixed-race children with bright eyes and sparkling, slit throats. She adopts the dynamic imagery of Japanese comics to channel dark emotions such as pain, anger, and resistance. In “Invisible Enemy, she appropriates the fighting poses of action heroes like Sailor Moon and Ultraman, at the ready to protect and defend the world, while her “Manga” characters fully embrace humanity’s ruin. This ongoing series tells the story of a Messiah created by the human race, only to eventually destroy it, leaving two lone survivors.

“Death and relief are the main themes for this new body of work,” Shimoda shares. “To look at the present day, where there are many people who find it hard to even live and find hope, to feel as though death is inching closer to us in the world, without looking away. Using the Buddhist Kannon as my inspiration, I wanted to express our unique practice of creating ‘saviors’ in religion with my own contemporary deities. My paintings tell the story of the destruction of the human race, while also focusing on these contradictions between death and hope in modern times.

I imagine the modern world as a netherworld about to burst with its many problems, and humanity is struggling to cope with its imminent demise. I depict god-like characters who offer us relief. As human beings, we attack each other, make enemies, and so I surround them with angels of death. Also, there are children of various races in my new paintings. I wanted to draw upon a theme that was not specific to any race or country, but a theme that relates to the whole world.”

Featuring fourteen new paintings, Michael Page’s latest body of work, entitled “Nostalgia Kills, expresses itself with childlike freedom. He finds himself peering into his own childhood and basing his work on its relation to his children’s imaginative world.

Painting with acrylic and oil, Page creates dreamlike realms that lead the eye through an ephemeral landscape of exploding color and form. Using free association as a technique, Page glazes each canvas with multiple layers of color to create a dream-state in which he says nostalgia resides and is ready to be expressed into form. The resulting liveliness of his work enables the viewer’s suspension of disbelief when contemplating the fantastical realities of the imagination.

Of his new collection, Page says: “Now that I am a father and get to play with my kids everyday, I get to see the world and all its wonders through their eyes. As I look back over the years watching my children grow, play, and learn, it’s fascinating and heartbreaking to feel the lightning speed of time. I find myself frantically seeking to witness all my children’s little steps and moments. It’s hard to sit back and think about all of the things you should have done, or want to do for your own children.”

Each of these paintings express pivotal moments throughout Page’s family life. From playing pirates and taking bike rides, to showing his children how to brush their hair and teeth, each painting displays these cherished moments in illusory detail. Page adds, “I find it amusing that these particular moments stick out more than others. Much of what I fondly remember can be categorized as basic daily routine; which if you have children you know can be a lot like fighting a war as you try to implement habits. While nostalgia is mostly positive, it can create a sickening feeling if you sit with it too long. I try and remind myself that the past cannot be changed, and to always move forward and help create a true and magical future for my children.”

The opening reception for Hikari Shimoda and Michael Page’s new collections will be hosted Saturday, January 21st, 2017 from 7-11pm in the main gallery at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and the exhibitions are on view through February 18th, 2017.

About Hikari Shimoda:
Sparkling and sweet, Hikari Shimoda’s work is at once enchanting and disarming, portraying a world where cuteness and horror coexist. Based in Nagano, Japan, Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a professional contemporary artist in 2008. Soon after, she was selected for her first solo exhibition at Motto Gallery in Tokyo and has since held exhibitions in galleries worldwide, including Japan, the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Inspired by the Japanese manga and anime from her youth, Shimoda’s work expresses modern day issues in colorful and illustrative techniques. Often depicting starry-eyed children, she dresses her characters in heroic costumes resembling Superman and magical girls, an anime sub-genre of young girls who uses magic, revealing problems and struggles in contemporary society through a juxtaposition of brushwork, text, and collage. Such characters are a commentary on Christianity’s anointment of Jesus Christ as a savior of humanity, and a mirror of our fantasy heroes. They also represent our adult desire to nurture the children of the world and to defend the world we have constructed.

About Michael Page:
Born in 1979, Michael Page is self-taught artist living and working in San Francisco, CA. He has shown his work nationally and internationally throughout both Europe and the United States, including the cities of Reykjavik, Berlin, Bristol, Rome and Montreal.

The Bristol City Museum in Bristol, England acquired one of his works from the “Art From The New World” exhibition (presented and curated by Corey Helford Gallery), which opened in the Spring of 2010. His work can also be found in private collections and in international art magazines (High Fructose Magazine, Empty Magazine) all over the world.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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COREY HELFORD  GALLERY

To Host An Artist Talk

Gary Baseman Interviews Natalia Fabia

Saturday, December 10th at 2pm

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Gary Baseman and Natalia Fabia at opening night of “Rainbeau Samsara” at CHG / Credit: Sam Graham

Los Angeles (December 5, 2016) — Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) has announced they will be hosting an artist talk this Saturday (12/10) at 2pm to mark the closing of “Rainbeau Samsara,” the newest body of work from Los Angeles-based figurative painter Natalia Fabia.

Open to the public, the event will feature one of today’s most prominent and multi-faceted Los Angeles-based artists Gary Baseman interviewing Fabia about “Rainbeau Samsara,” which premiered at CHG on November 5th and is part one of an ongoing series. The first 50 people will receive a free custom pin by Fabia and patrons will also watch one of Fabia‘s paintings come to life in a burlesque art performance by Vanessa Burgundy.

Opening night of “Rainbeau Samsara” drew the attendance by many of Fabia’s peers including Ron English, Easo Andrews, Dabs Mayla, Soey Milk, Brandi Milne, Lola Gil and Adam Wallacavage; plus Brett Gurewitz (owner of Epitaph Records and founder of Bad Religion) and Tim Armstrong (singer/guitarist of Rancid). Click here for photos of opening night and click here for a video recap.

Natalia Fabia has been painting the female form in environments for years. After the birth of her daughter, Peribeau, and the sudden loss of her brother, her painting exploration has progressed.

Fabia was drawn to the absolute truth of what remains of the physical body after one transitions; a tangible ash of our carbon frame, our stardust. It is this stardust that links us to the planets and cosmos, to the sand and dirt of the earth, and to each other. While so much of our existence and human experience is a mystery, Fabia found comfort through meditation, and in the knowingness she felt holding and even painting with human stardust, a tangible truth.

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“Reflection” (oil on canvas, 24” x 30”)

In viewing this new body of work, you will wander through each cycle of the human experience from stardust conception, to transitioning and dropping the body. When you first come into existence you are plopped into your place in the world, given your glass shell and spirit family. From here you pass through sequential cycles of life, known in Sanskrit as Samsara. Each stage defined by naturally occurring rhythms and routines felt in yourself, as well as in the universe.

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As we cycle through this physical life, we have portals into the divine. A place of purity, innocence, connection to spirit, and oneness that is always with us. We can find this place of beauty and magic in the backdrop of nature, in the sacred geometry of our stars, and in the prisms of rainbows. We can access this at any time. Fabia seeks to depict this in her paintings through her sparkles, paint splatters, painterly brushstrokes, and splashes of colors and rainbows juxtaposed with figures and landscapes, giving the viewer a feeling of timelessness and wonder.

Watching how her paintings develop, you realize that she is exploring and learning as she goes. Observing her brilliancy, one would think that she had a clear picture of the end result, but she doesn’t start out with all the answers. Her paintings give back to her as they transform and change, giving her insight into the magical nature of our world.

Fabia uses traditional oil painting techniques and also rebels against tradition with her use of sparkles, glitter and expressive color. Her Rainbeau to the physicality of the soul.

Click here to watch a video interview with Fabia speaking about her latest collection.

About Natalia Fabia:
A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, Natalia Fabia began showing her art in group exhibitions around Los Angeles in the early 2000’s, establishing herself as a contender in the figurative painting arena. Using her surroundings and life as a rich garden of inspirations, Fabia began making colorful, sultry scenes filled with people, lush environments, ornate fashion, light, interiors, glamour, graffiti, landscapes, punk rock music and an unapologetic sexiness entirely of her own.

Fabia finds a genuine comfort and truth in the realness and imperfections within her subjects. She glorifies the individuality and unique aspects of her human figures. Hers is a colorful world celebrating the vibrant diversity and beauty of the life she lives and that exists around her. Painting, she feels, exists to allow artists to create any world they want – make it, and make it yours. Infused with Fabia’s signature style, vividly saturated candy color palettes and a dazzling spectrum of light, her work is a combination of fantasy narratives and actual moments captured from the artist’s life.

Influenced by artists the likes of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, John William Waterhouse, John Singer Sargent, Rebecca Campbell, Lisa Yuskavage etc., plus fashion designers like Alexander McQueen, Fabia’s painterly studies in oil are marked by bold, determined strokes that offer depth and clarity. Having studied with many contemporary masters, her knowledge and understanding of the color palette underscore her ability to bring life and light to canvas.

Fabia’s work has been featured in numerous galleries including Corey Helford Gallery, Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, Q Art Salon in Santa Ana, and M Modern in Palm Springs. Museum exhibits include Bristol Museum of Art, MXW Masterworks group exhibition at Long Beach Museum of Art and Lancaster Museum of Art.

She has been featured in Juxtapoz, New York Arts magazine, Hi FructoseArt Ltd., Angeleno Magazine, ELLE, Nylon and The Huffington Post. Fabia was featured in LA Weekly’s 2010 People Issue as one of “LA’s 100” most fascinating people.

Born in 1983, Natalia Fabia is of Polish descent and was raised in Southern California, where she graduated class of 2006 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Fabia has had multiple solo shows and is represented by Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. Fabia currently works from her studio in Costa Mesa, CA.

About Gary Baseman:
Los Angeles-based Gary Baseman explores the “beauty of the bittersweetness of life” through painting, performance, film and fashion. Current projects include a collaboration with COACH ready-to-wear for the Spring 2015 Collection; a documentary “Mythical Creatures” about his family heritage; and a retrospective that started in the United States in 2013 and traveled to Taipei and Shanghai through 2015.

Baseman’s multifaceted career includes illustration for clients including the New York TimesRolling Stone, and the Wall Street Journal and the bestselling board game Cranium; as well as animation for which he created the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning ABC/Disney series “Teacher’s Pet.” Baseman with his dynamic and abundant imagination continues to cross media platforms addressing both light and serious subject matter – fitting for today’s complex global society, where art reaches all from the digital and commercial realms to museums and beyond.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Kevin Can Wait, Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

 

COREY HELFORD  GALLERY
presents

“Beneath The New Waves: An Exploration of Underwater Reality and Surreality”

Opening Reception Saturday, December 17th from 7-11pm
(On View December 17th through January 14th, 2017)

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Scott Musgrove’s “Walktopus” sculpture (bronze, 5’ tall)

Camille Rose Garcia • Eric Joyner • Jacky Tsai • Ian Francis • The London Police • Haroshi • Adrian Cox • Andrew Brandou • Hirabayashi Takahiro • Iva Troj • Lara Dann • Luke Chueh • Melissa Forman • Naoto Hattori • Nicole Gordon • Nataly (Kukula) Abramovitch • Rune Christensen • Scott Musgrov • Sergio Lopez • Stickymonger • Victor Castillo • Vincent Giarrano • Young Chun
Yuka Sakuma • Zoe Byland • Keun Young Park

Los Angeles (November 29, 2016) — On Saturday, December 17th, Corey Helford Gallery is proud to present their final group exhibition of 2016, “Beneath The New Waves: An Exploration of Underwater Reality and Surreality,in Gallery 1.

In the main gallery, CHG’s final group exhibition of the year examines the life aquatic. Whether it’s the weightless beauty of motion underwater or the refraction of images just below the surface, artists have been forever intrigued by life beneath the waves.

“Beneath The New Waves” is a group show of over 25 of the top New Contemporary artists, rendering their visions of reality and surreality under the sea in new works created specifically for this incredible exhibition.

Participating artists include:
Camille Rose Garcia, Eric Joyner, Jacky Tsai, Ian Francis, The London Police, Haroshi, Adrian Cox, Andrew Brandou, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Iva Troj, Lara Dann, Luke Chueh, Melissa Forman, Naoto Hattori, Nicole Gordon, Nataly (Kukula) Abramovitch, Rune Christensen, Scott Musgrove, Sergio Lopez, Stickymonger, Victor Castillo, Vincent Giarrano, Young Chun, Yuka Sakuma, Zoe Byland, Keun Young Park and more.

The group exhibit will open in the main gallery on Saturday, December 17th from 7-11pm, along with Troy Brooks in Gallery 3 and Mikael Takacs in Gallery 2.

Lara Dann TamatoriLara Dann “Tamatori” (acrylic and oil on wood, 18” x 24”)

Eric Joyner Davy Jones' LockerEric Joyner “Davy Jones’ Locker” (oil on wood, 25” x 40”)

The London Police Mechanical MermaidThe London Police “Mechanical Mermaid Swims Amongst A Sea Of Squilads”
(spray paint, acrylic paint, paint pens and indelible ink on Brussels linen, 23.5” x 47”)


About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

 

 

COREY HELFORD  GALLERY
presents

Mikael Takacs
“Embodiment of secrets

OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, FROM 7-11PM
ON VIEW THROUGH JANUARY 14, 2017

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“I Tell People I Am Bisexual, So They Will Think I Am Cool” (acrylic on canvas, 19.7” X 19.7”)

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On Saturday, December 17th, Downtown Los AngelesCorey Helford Gallery presents Sweden-based artist Mikael Takacs in his U.S. solo exhibition debut, titled “Embodiment of Secrets, in Gallery 2.

Described as mind-bending and thoroughly mesmerizing, Takacs’ portraits capture the imagination with his unbelievable command of paint with marbling effects. Using droppers to distribute acrylic paint across a horizontal canvas, Takacs distorts his subjects’ faces by dragging the paint around with various tools like sticks and combs. To convey his extraordinary use of abstraction, Takacs says, “These intricate razor-sharp patterns swirl across the canvas as you look at it up close, which then takes the form of a portrait as you take a few steps back.”

For his stunning new series featuring 20 paintings, Takacs uses abstraction to manifest his subject’s innermost thoughts and desires not meant to be known by others. The viewer is given “just enough” to get an idea of what they are looking at, and then left half-way, encouraged to interpret the rest of the image themselves. Upon a closer look, one can make out an arrangement of feathers, spirals, and waves as they emerge from his signature palette of light and dark turquoise, ochre, and fuchsia. The results are a gorgeous example of a centuries-old method of creating art as modern portraiture and design.

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“I Make up Stories to Seem More Interesting” (acrylic on canvas, 27.5” x 39.4”)

“I find that the half-abstract nature of my portraits makes it both easier and harder to connect with my subjects. It’s harder in the sense that you can’t really see who it is, or maybe even what it is. It may be easier to connect with them for basically the same reasons, as you can project so much of your own thoughts onto someone you can just barely see,” Takacs shares.

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“I Have Lived Previous Lives” (acrylic on canvas, 27.5” x 39.4”)

In preparation for his exhibition, Takacs performed a unique experiment: “Since my portraits tend to look fuzzy and a bit blurry, which has a somewhat ‘anonymyzing’ effect, I decided to let my subjects embody the secrets or confessions of those willing to anonymously share them with me. I placed out ‘confession boxes’ at a few different work places around Stockholm, and then asking the workers: “Would you like to share a secret?” I also asked my Instagram followers the same question. The response was huge, and the secrets ranged from dark to what some might call trivial confessions. These secrets are carried by the subjects in this series. They embody them.”

Opening reception for Mikael Takacs will be hosted Saturday, December 17th from 7-11pm in Gallery 2 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and the exhibition is on view through January 14th, 2017.

About Mikael Takacs:
Mikael Takacs is a marbler born, raised and still based in Sweden. He uses pipettes to distribute acrylic paint across the canvas to create his subjects, which he then distorts by dragging the paint around using various tools, like sticks and combs. He combines the classic abstract expression of marbling with concrete figures. This results in intricate patterns that forms his subjects. Variations of this technique has been around for hundreds of years, but in spite of that, his pieces are often mistaken for digital art.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

 

COREY HELFORD  GALLERY

presents
Troy Brooks
“The B-Girls”

Opening Reception Saturday, December 17th from 7-11pm
(On View December 17th through January 14th, 2017)

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“Magnus-Furorem” (oil on canvas, 16” x 20”)

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Los Angeles (November 16, 2016) — On Saturday, December 17th, Corey Helford Gallery is proud to premiere a new solo exhibition featuring works by Toronto-based artist, Troy Brooks. This unique and bold series of oil paintings by Brooks, titled “The B-Girls, will be on view through January 14th, 2017 in Gallery 3.

Known for his surrealistic portraits of elongated women and influenced by a mixture of classic Hollywood imagery and ancient mythology, the glamorous women that Brooks paints are eerily seductive and intensely emotional.

In early 2016, Brooks explored the theme of Veiled Hearts, a study of veils as a metaphor and what might lay beneath them. After finishing Volume 1, he began work on Volume 2 but feeling the need to listen closer to the voices of his muse and the girls who feature in his paintings, Brooks decided to take his initial theme and turn it on its head. He felt it was time to seek out the misfits, to bring his women out of the shadows and from behind the veil – the B-Sides to his Veiled Hearts series.

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Mixing inspiration from medieval portraiture, Cindy Sherman’s disturbing take on centerfold iconography in 1981, the 1960’s sexploitation films of Russ Meyer, and Lisa Yuskavage’s erotic paintings, Brooks has fleshed out these new girls and allowed them to tell their own stories.

Troy Brooks Black Vein Honey (oil on canvas 16 x 12 inches) (002)“Black Vein Honey” (oil on canvas, 16” x 12”)

Brook’s “The B-Girls” exhibition is being shown in partnership with Toronto’s Gallery House.

About Troy Brooks:
Troy Brooks is a contemporary surrealist painter. His work presents an elaborate pageantry of female characters observed in allegorical settings. These women play out intimate scenes, usually caught in moments where something transformative has or is about to happen. The ‘women of Troy’ have become distinctive images on the contemporary pop surrealism scene.

Brooks’ impact on the pop-surrealist movement is widely recognized, exhibiting work in Canada, the US and Europe. He lives in Toronto.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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COREY HELFORD  GALLERY
presents
Elizabeth McGrath
“Dark Howl”
Opening Reception Saturday, November 5th from 7-11pm
(On View November 5 through December 10, 2016)

Elizabeth McGrath 'Cat' Sculpture 4 x 7 x 4 inches (002)“Cat” Sculpture (4” x 7” x 4”)

Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery is honored to premiere the new collection of works from Los Angeles artist Elizabeth McGrath on Saturday, November 5th.

McGrath will be transforming Gallery 3 into her own wonderland of dark whimsy with her delightfully odd creatures variously adorned with jeweled eyes, crystal blood drops and gold trim. Some have miniature diorama windows in which you will find tiny dreamlands filled with cupcakes, the Grim Reaper, unicorns and more. The “star” of the show is a three-headed deer covered in over fifty thousand Swarovski Crystals.

Elizabeth McGrath 'Unicorn' Sculpture 11 x 8 x 5 inches (002)
“The Transmutation of Elden and Oliver” Sculpture (11” x 8” x 5”)

Although disturbingly and deceptively innocent and charming on the surface, McGrath’s inspiration is “the symbolism man uses to express the inward and outward battles of humanity and its quest for a resolution to suffering.” The title for the exhibition, “Dark Howl”, is a reference to the Beat-period poem “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg, which “years later, still feels like it describes the people and places of today – fighting the same battles within one’s self.”

Elizabeth McGrath 'Weasels' Sculpture 5 x 12 x 5 inches (002)
“Weasels” Sculpture (5” x 12” x 5”)

McGrath‘s exhibit will open in Gallery 3 on Saturday, November 5th from 7-11pm, along with Natalia Fabia in Gallery 1, plus Alessandra Maria and Lauren Marx in Gallery 2.

About Liz McGrath:
Los Angeles-born self-taught artist Elizabeth McGrath has always had an eye for the strange beauty in the grotesqueries of life; this appreciation is nowhere more evident than in her work. Inspired by the relationship between the natural world and the detritus of consumer culture, she brings forth a new cavalcade of creatures from the darker corners of the streets, the city and the imagination. It is this melancholy interaction between man-made status symbols and suffering specimens of nature that make up her intricate body of work.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Kevin Can Wait, Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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For press inquiries, contact:
Aaron Feterl │ aaron@reckoningpr.com

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COREY HELFORD  GALLERY
presents
Alessandra Maria & Lauren MArx

Opening Reception Saturday, November 5th from 7-11pm
(On View November 5 through December 10, 2016)

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On Saturday, November 5th, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) presents two artists–Alessandra Maria and Lauren Marx–with an outstanding new body of work in Gallery 2.

In the process of creating her own world, Alessandra Maria and Lauren Marx each share in their use of powerful and traditional iconography to tell a story. Whether in Maria’s iconic, Renaissance-inspired works, or in the natural elements of Marx’s illustrations, they are reworking icons in a manner that is entirely their own. “Animals have always been an essential part of storytelling, symbolism, and spirituality. I am continuing this tradition by producing works centered around fauna to tell stories that relate to creation, mortality, the violence of nature, and my personal life,” shares Marx of her new body of work, titled “Flesh Blood Bone”. Based in St. Louis, MO, Marx creates beautiful vignettes that speak to the cycle of life. Combining pen and ink with various mixed media, her paintings offer a raw depiction of birth and death. Influenced by scientific illustrations and the Baroque period, Marx presents these cyclical phenomena in visually appealing ways, often fusing the chaotic elements of nature into stylized compositions with an emphasis on design.

Flesh Blood Bone’ is my first attempt to acknowledge and accept aspects of my personal history that have caused me anxiety and heartache. As in my previous work, all subjects are depicted as animals. The series of narrative works centers around my immediate family, and the interactions and emotions that occur between the four members. Recently, I felt that I could finally address these feelings on paper. I have illustrated my separation from the issues presented here, by depicting them as otherworldly, divine animals that exist in a habitat removed from reality. The four family members, which includes myself, become abstracted versions of themselves. I plan on continuing to center my work around aspects of my life and past. I am seeking freedom from my anxiety through my artwork.”

Lauren Marx: “Fall Apart Like Me”
(mixed media (ballpoint pen, ink pencils, ink wash, graphite, colored pencils, gel pen, and acrylic on mixed media paper), 20″ x 20″)

Brooklyn-based Alessandra Maria has harnessed the dynamism of religious symbols to craft her new series, titled “The Virgin, The Whore, and the Mother”. “Iconography can tell a story- its subtle power shapes us,” she says. Though her art is contemporary, there is a deliberate attempt to make each piece feel like an “artifact” or a sacred object. Her glimmering muses are a modern feminist idol, Maria’s definition of feminine divinity in the face of objectification and dehumanization. “Throughout history icons have served to illustrate the predominant ideals of a given social group. In Abrahamic religions, feminine power has been embodied in three forms with few exceptions: the virgin, the whore, and the mother. Put another way: women’s most virtuous roles were defined insofar as their being an object or vessel for someone else.”

Alessandra Maria VII - Judgement of the Self (002)
Alessandra Maria: “VII – Judgement of the Self”
(charcoal, carbon pencil, 23 karat gold leaf, black ink on coffee stained paper, 16″ x 20″)

“I’m driven by the prevalence of these outmoded concepts of feminine potential in contemporary society. The narratives of women in popular culture are still crafted around demonizing and dehumanizing ideas of what women can or should be. I believe an important means of addressing this problem entails going back to the source Numbered as a means of guiding the viewer’s journey, this body of work is an exploration of Eden without the traditional trichotomy and tells the story of the artist coming to terms with her whole being. Seen both as a whole and individually, these works are intended to be meditated upon and drawn from, as a source of strength.”

The opening reception for Alessandra Maria and Lauren Marx’s new collections will be hosted Saturday, November 5th, 2016 from 7-11pm in Gallery 2 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through December 10th, 2016.

About Alessandra Maria:
Alexandra Maria Peters, aka Alessandra Maria, is a Brooklyn-based artist whose inspiring naturalistic works are made with graphite and carbon pencil, gold leaf, and black ink. In addition to these traditional materials, she has an unconventional surface that she works on – coffee stained paper. The dark brown ground, mixed with the gray pencil, adds a soft touch to her realistic-looking figures. Working within these media, her art has tended towards a poignant reinterpretation of feminine iconography, often contextualized and adorned with natural elements like flowers and butterflies, drawn in a style that often conjures fairy tales and other fantastical stories. Here, beauty is a facade for a deeper, potentially darker meaning: “The work has several feminist themes within it– essentially I’m re-working icons from a different era, in a manner that feels like it’s still my own. I definitely try to keep the aesthetic a little bit modern so as to not feel directly lifted from the Renaissance era. I want it to feel contemporary in and of itself, but there definitely is an attempt to make it feel like an artifact— something that has age or which might be a sacred object. That’s deliberate; there’s something very interesting about that.”

About Lauren Marx:
St. Louis, Missouri based artist Lauren Marx explores the intricate process of decay with her surreal and often grotesque drawings and paintings. Animals become enmeshed in each other’s flesh as tendons and sinew rip apart, exposing their innards. While the subject matter often triggers an initial reaction of repulsion, Marx’s ornate line work and graceful compositions are pleasing to the eye. “Animals always have been, and always will be, my passion. They have been the subjects of my drawings ever since I was a child. I blame it on weekends spent at the Saint Louis Zoo and endless hours watching “National Geographic’s: Mutual of Omaha: Wild Kingdom”. They influenced my desire to learn about biology while attending high school. While in high school, I began collecting bones, feathers, and books. Over these past few years, my passion grew to zoology, cosmology, and mythology. In the spring of 2012, I finally combined my obsessions into one drawing: “Galactic Collision”. The theme surrounding that piece has been the focus of my work ever since.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Kevin Can Wait, Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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COREY HELFORD  GALLERY
presents

HANNAH YATA
“Dancing In Delirium”

Opening Reception Saturday, October 1st from 7-11pm

(On View October 1 – 29, 2016)

Hannah Yata ‘Insomnia’ Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
“Insomnia” oil on canvas, 36” x 36”

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On Saturday, October 1st, 2016, Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) in Los Angeles presents Hannah Yata in her first solo exhibition at the gallery, “Dancing in Delirium,in Gallery 3.

Hannah Yata’s aesthetically beautiful images stand in a stark contrast to her darker subject matter. Inspired by psychology, religion, literature, and her experiences as a woman, the New York based artist calls upon the rich symbolism of the female figure, which she often combines with parts of animals, creating metaphorical hybrid characters. Placing these characters in intriguing scenarios, she explores the depths of our social psychology and draws parallels to modern day issues. In “Dancing in Delirium,” Hannah Yata‘s phantasmagorical female creatures and animals embody “the transformative, wild energy of the natural world, tainted with abuse of modern society”.

Delirium, as it relates to brain necrosis, is the last gasps of energy synapses that are sparking out. “Dancing in a world of delirium” refers to a flailing, twirling, and searching of the being to grapple with the true nature of reality and the divorce of its roots from the Earth. With this new body of work, Yata offers a warning to her viewers to be more conscious, and be more present in the ways we interact with our world. “To have a change in energy is a change in thinking- how we view one another, how we treat one another is how we treat the Earth,” Yata says. Her oil paintings are ripe with images of a spiritual paradise, her own strange and surrealistic Garden of Eden, in which nude forms merge and cohabitate with animals like tropical birds and mythological creatures. Psychedelic colors are used to convey a beautiful energy, while displays of dance and ritual reveal rebellion against a dark energy, such as industry and destruction.

“Dancing, in my work, relates to a transformative experience- both ritualized and defiant- as a rebellion against energies that wish to contaminate and destroy the world.  It awakens the divinity in nature, he Lumen Naturae: “The light, the wisdom, the being of nature-”as spirits and personalities. The characters in my work embody the female as the mythological archetype, metaphorical unconscious, and as a character for Mother Earth. The defiant rites played out on the canvas challenge the sanity of our actions played out today- that one should modify, consume, and decimate the earth. It evokes a sort of magical defiance in the face of human progress in a world that’s been pumped full of mind altering drugs, electromagnetic waves, sounds, distractions, and images.”

The opening reception for Hannah Yata will be hosted Saturday, October 1st from 7-11pm in Gallery 3 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and the exhibition is on view through October 29th.

About Hannah Yata:
Hannah Faith Yata was born in 1989 and raised in a small town in Georgia. She is half Japanese and Caucasian. She grew up with a deep love of nature and animals passed down by the beautiful surroundings in the country and her mother. As a young adult, she studied feminism, psychology, and art in college. Graduating with a BFA in painting from the University of Georgia in 2012 she moved up to New York to focus on her work and how to put her ideas into paintings. In 2015, she was commissioned to do several works of art for musician B.o.B, which are now featured on his latest album: “Psycadelik Thoughtz.” In her own work, Yata seeks to interweave political ideas, (using nature, women, and feminism almost synonymously), environmental degradation, and themes of moral injustice into increasingly chaotic paintings. She uses masks from a mix of other cultures to speak to the different relationships that native tribes and cultures have with the earth, while giving anthropomorphic qualities and symbolism to the animals to speak their consciousness. The increasing psychedelic features to her work are inspired by beauty and the energy of nature, while communicating the anxiety and tension she feels brewing in the world. These elements are combined many times to celebrate the female form that denies objectification and exploitation of nature and interweaves them into grotesquely beautiful, surreal dreamscapes.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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COREY HELFORD GALLERY
presents

Martin Wittfooth
“The Archaic Revival”
Opening Reception Saturday, October 1st from 7-11pm
(On View October 1 – 29, 2016)

Martin Wittfooth ‘Bacchanal’ oil on canvas, 78 x 60 inches, 2016
“Bacchanal” oil on canvas, 78”x60,” 2016

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Los Angeles (September 14, 2016) — On October, 1st, Corey Helford Gallery will proudly present incomparable New York-based artist Martin Wittfooth, whose powerful works take on the majesty of a world in conflict with its most beautiful inhabitants in his newest series of oil paintings titled “The Archaic Revival.

Wittfooth’s latest series of paintings employs a variety of techniques, ranging from delicate and detailed brush treatments to heavily textured palette knife applications, and deliberate attention is given to the scale of the works to impart gravity and presence to the images. “The Archaic Revival” marks the first series in which Wittfooth has explored bronze sculpture as a medium; plus, two large-scale sculptures will make their debut.

Martin Wittfooth ‘Milk’ oil on canvas, 60 x 78 inches, 2016
“Milk” oil on canvas, 60” x 78,” 2016

            Martin Wittfooth ‘Moratorium’ oil on canvas, 66 x 84 inches, 2016                      “Moratorium” oil on canvas, 66” x 84,” 2016

Of his new work, Wittfooth says: “‘The Archaic Revival’ is a title borrowed from late philosopher, author and ethnobotanist Terence McKenna, who explored the notion that Western culture and society has become sick, and is undergoing a healing process by a reversion to archaic values and behaviors. In my latest series of paintings and sculptures I aim to pay tribute to this idea, that in our species’ long collective march out of the proverbial garden toward greater technological complexity and the effects this process has and will have on the world around us, it is in the past that we may truly see ourselves reflected back at us as we really are: nature itself. McKenna argued that this return toward the archaic began in earnest in the troubled 20th Century via an interest in the subconscious in the works of Freud and Jung, primitivism, surrealism and abstraction in art and music, and culminated in the psychedelic revolution of the 1960s, a revolution that was suppressed to a large degree until the dawn of the 21st Century. The new series seeks to contribute to this revitalized conversation: our era is riddled with turmoil and uncertainty stemming from our dominion rather than stewardship of the world that we inhabit. Perhaps our salvation lies in the recognition that beneath the veneer of our culture we are the very same nature that we have pushed to the margins.”

Martin Wittfooth ‘Tangle’ oil on linen, 60 x 40 inches, 2016
“Tangle” oil on linen, 60” x 40”, 2016

“The Archaic Revival” marks Wittfooth’s first solo with Corey Helford Gallery since 2012 and will be on view through October 29th.

About Martin Wittfooth:
Martin Wittfooth was born in Toronto, Canada in 1981 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley in New York. He earned his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2008. Wittfooth’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, with solo exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Montreal. His paintings have also appeared in numerous publications, including Juxtapoz, American Art Collector, and Vice, and cover features in New American Paintings, Hi-Fructose and American Artist Magazine.

Currently, Wittfooth’s original painting “Incantation” is on view in Hi-Fructose‘s “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” exhibition at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art through December 2016.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.

After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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COREY HELFORD GALLERY

presents

Camille Rose Garcia
“Phantasmacabre”

Opening Reception Saturday, July 16 from 7-11pm
(On View July 16 – August 20, 2016)

Camille Rose Garcia 'Sooo Good'
“Revenge of Lolita Phantasma” Acrylic and glitter on wood panel, 96” x 72”

Los Angeles (June 13, 2016) — On Saturday, July 16th, Corey Helford Gallery will proudly unveil new works from internationally recognized Los Angeles artist and pop surrealist pioneer Camille Rose Garcia. Garcia’s newest series of gothic-psychedelic nature paintings, titled “Phantasmacabre,will be her first solo show in Los Angeles since 2011 and debut the biggest paintings of her career. In addition, this will be Garcia’s first show with CHG.

Influenced by the surrealist and deeply symbolic films of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jungian archetypes, and fairy tales, “Phantasmacabre” depicts a lush and layered symbolic world that explores the realm of memories and dreams.

Mother nature dominates, with fecund, tangly gardens overtaking painful subconscious memes. Candy colors, repeating patterns, and psychedelic symmetry form an underlying organic structure for the paintings. Figurative fragments from children’s books and fairy tales form a deeply personal narrative dominated by various feminine archetypes and villains. The beautiful and the macabre negotiate a delicate balance of creation and destruction.

Camille Rose Garcia 'House of Psyche'
“House of Psyche” acrylic and glitter on wood panel, 96” x 72”

Of her new work, Garcia says: “I’m trying to capture an emotional and psychological landscape where dreams and memory combine to form a personal symbolic language, both unique and universal. I’m interested in the feeling of something beautiful and frightening existing at the same time.  Something painful and pleasurable all at once.”

Ghosts and witches, snakes and skulls frame acid-colored fever-dream scenes of wounded goddesses slayed open, fecund gardens growing from their wounds. Vibrant strange gardens populated with insects and dream imagery portray a psychedelic dance between life and death.

Camille Rose Garcia 'Sooo Good'
“Sooo Good” acrylic and watercolor on paper, 48” x 30”

She adds, “Most of my work had been about the painful intersection of nature and culture, the rampant destructive nature of the modern world. At times I feel a certain helplessness about the state of the world, and I retreat into beauty, into color, into music. This is the language of the universe, in all of its repeating patterns. This series of paintings is the most personal, but also universal. It is no longer about culture, but of trying to tap into a deeper symbolic language beyond words.”


About Camille Rose Garcia:|
Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California. The child of a Mexican activist filmmaker father and a muralist/painter mother, she apprenticed at age 14 working on murals with her mother while growing up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland and going to punk shows with the other disenchanted youth of that era.

Garcia’s layered, broken narrative paintings of wasteland fairy tales are influenced by William Burroughs’ cut-up writings and surrealist film, as well as vintage Disney and Fleischer cartoons, acting as critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias, blending nostalgic pop culture references with a satirical slant on modern society.

Her work has been displayed internationally and featured in numerous magazines including Juxtapoz (her work has twice graced the cover), Rolling Stone, and Modern Painter, and is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Resnick Collection, and the San Jose Museum of Art, which held a retrospective of her work, entitled “Tragic Kingdom,” accompanied by a catalog of the same name. Garcia’s recent book, The Illustrated Alice in Wonderland (published by Harper Collins,) was a New York Times Bestseller.

Garcia recently moved to the Pacific Northwest after 38 years in Los Angeles.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs). CHG represents a diverse collection of Contemporary artists influenced by today’s pop culture, encompassing the genres of New Figurative, Pop Surreal, Graffiti and Street Art. Artists include Josh Agle (Shag), Ron English, D*Face, Camille Rose Garcia, Chloe Early, Eine, Natalia Fabia, Hush, Liz McGrath, Richard J. Oliver, Herakut, Kukula, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Brandi Milne, Korin Faught, Mary Jane Ansell, Martin Wittfooth, Lori Nelson, Hannah Yata, Camilla d’Errico, Hikari Shimoda and more. Renowned for its notable exhibitions, the gallery has presented “Charity By Numbers,” which was co-curated by Gary Baseman and featured an unprecedented lineup of artists including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Shepard Fairey, Todd and Kathy Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, and Michael Hussar, as well as “La Noche de la Fusion,” an epic Carnivalesque festival and solo exhibition for Pervasive artist Gary Baseman. In 2010, Corey Helford Gallery partnered with Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery for the transatlantic collaboration “Art From The New World,” a world-class United Kingdom museum exhibition showcasing work by a formidable group of 49 of the finest emerging and noted American artists.

After 9 years in Culver City, the gallery re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles (571 South Anderson St.) where it continues to benefit the trend-setting exhibitions it hosts within the heart of the city’s art community. The new location looms seven times larger than the original. Moreover, it boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions. The main gallery takes up 4,500 sq. ft., offering total immersion for attendees. CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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COREY HELFORD GALLERY
presents
HUSH
“Allure”

Opening Reception Saturday, May 28 from 7-11pm
(On View May 28 – July 2, 2016)

“Allure” acrylic paint, screen print, spray paint on linen, 55” x 55”
“Allure” acrylic paint, screen print, spray paint on linen, 55” x 55”

Click here for exhibition images

Los Angeles (May 6, 2016) — On Saturday, May 28th, Corey Helford Gallery proudly presents new works by Internationally known street artist HUSH. His highly anticipated exhibition, entitled “Allure, will be his second solo with the gallery.

HUSH, inspired by detritus, uses futuristic silvers and blacks clothed in a chaotic collage of colour to create a sensual blizzard of femininity, power and loss. Painted in grayscale, often with the eyes blacked out, HUSH‘s female faces are dehumanized. By reducing them to shells of sexuality, he perfectly encapsulates the transient nature of modern life as well as the timeless forces of passion and desire. In what appears to be a luxurious and opulent tale, the hidden truth may reveal otherwise. HUSH lets us in, “Classical Sirens and Japanese Geishas, be prepared to be seduced and discarded like a piece of old flypaper.”

By action painting these faces from history, he achieves “pure expressionism”. The collage-effect backgrounds are screen-printed and hand-painted, then the graffiti elements added by hand in the action painting style, sometimes over many months. The final layer of colour replicates sheets of flyposters peeling from our city’s walls whilst the Bravura use of aerosol on the portraits lends the pieces a futuristic sheen, echoing the seductive promise of technological fulfillment.

“Some people think my women are serene, others that they’re dark. What is clear is the power of their sensuality”, says HUSH. The portraits he paints are imposing and alluring, yet confrontational and unobtainable. The implication being that while the pleasures of modern life are fleeting, the succubus legend remains the most potent, rewarding, and perhaps destructive compulsion offered to man.

“Masquerade” acrylic paint, screen print, spray paint, ink & 24 carat gold foil on linen
“Masquerade” acrylic paint, screen print, spray paint, ink & 24 carat gold foil on linen

HUSH‘s unique style is recognizable through its focus on the female form set within backgrounds filled with an expressionist’s freedom of layering and color. The serene balance of traditional painting is combined with a messier passion, influenced by the Western traditions of action painting and graffiti, culminating in a harmony that feels surprisingly natural.

The artist’s mark-making bears the distinct aesthetic of tagging, bringing the rough texture of street art into each piece. Swift gestural marks underlie splashes of paint, looping through lines and over bright combinations of color. With an in-depth technique that includes painting, screen printing and spray-painting, HUSH creates work that instantly draws the eye in and holds the viewer’s focus. Patterns ranging from geometric repetition to florals that conjure up images of royal tapestries and delicately decorated vases are not solely confined to the background but often take shape, forming graceful fabrics. In some works these shapes appear solidly, while in others the central figures are only lightly delineated from the waves of pattern, body and background blending, as if they are sinking into the colorful composition itself.

“Blaze” acrylic paint, screen print, spray paint & ink on linen, 55” round
“Blaze” acrylic paint, screen print, spray paint & ink on linen, 55” round


About HUSH:
Formally trained for five years at the Newcastle school of art and design, HUSH took to painting after years spent working as an art director in the Far East. His work translates directly from street to gallery; recent sold-out shows include “Fatales” in London, “Unseen” at Corey Helford Gallery and “Sirens” at Metro (Melbourne).

His collaborations include a range with Burton snowboards and he was featured in The Independent, the British online newspaper’s 2008 list of “Twenty Up and Coming Artists.” In 2016, HUSH was commissioned by the TAO GROUP to curate and make 8 large murals for VANDAL New York Lounge, which was featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal with high acclaim, as well as being featured on NBC’s The Blacklist. HUSH was commissioned by the executive producer of the Starz hit mini-series Flesh and Bone to paint the mural that’s prominently featured throughout the show, outside the main character Claire Robbins’ Brooklyn apartment.

Born in 1976, HUSH resides and works from his hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne, northern England.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs). CHG represents a diverse collection of Contemporary artists influenced by today’s pop culture, encompassing the genres of New Figurative, Pop Surreal, Graffiti and Street Art. Artists include Josh Agle (Shag), Ron English, D*Face, Chloe Early, Eine, Natalia Fabia, Hush, Liz McGrath, Richard J. Oliver, Herakut, Kukula, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Brandi Milne, Korin Faught, Mary Jane Ansell, Martin Wittfooth, Lori Nelson, Hannah Yata, Camilla d’Errico, Hikari Shimoda and more. Renowned for its notable exhibitions, the gallery has presented “Charity By Numbers,” which was co-curated by Gary Baseman and featured an unprecedented lineup of artists including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Shepard Fairey, Todd and Kathy Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, and Michael Hussar, as well as “La Noche de la Fusion,” an epic Carnivalesque festival and solo exhibition for Pervasive artist Gary Baseman. In 2010, Corey Helford Gallery partnered with Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery for the transatlantic collaboration “Art From The New World,” a world-class United Kingdom museum exhibition showcasing work by a formidable group of 49 of the finest emerging and noted American artists.

After 9 years in Culver City, the gallery re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles (571 South Anderson St.) where it continues to benefit the trend-setting exhibitions it hosts within the heart of the city’s art community. The new location looms seven times larger than the original. Moreover, it boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions. The main gallery takes up 4,500 sq. ft., offering total immersion for attendees. CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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COREY HELFORD GALLERY
presents

LORI NELSON

“Cryptotweens Are Like”

Opening Reception Saturday, May 28 from 7-11pm
(On View May 28 – July 2, 2016)

Lori Nelson 'SQUIRRELCRAFT' Oil on panel, resin finish 30 x 40 inches“SQUIRRELCRAFT” Oil on panel, resin finish 30” x 40”

Click here for exhibition images

Los Angeles (May 16, 2016) – On Saturday, May 28, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles presents new works by Lori Nelson in her debut West Coast exhibition, “Cryptotweens Are Like” in Gallery 2.

Lori Nelson paints a delightfully bizarre world of yetis, werewolves, and scaly tweens but her subjects are not the freaks and monsters we’ve come to know on the silver screen. Underneath their hairy complexions, horns and scales, Nelson’s “Cryptoweens, as she calls them, are surprisingly like us. Though certainly monstrous, one might even call them “ugly” or “frightening,” Nelson’s wide-eyed characters with flush cheeks lit by their glowing smart phones, also embody a classical beauty. The Brooklyn-based artist originally grew up in Utah in a religious Mormon family and found herself drawn to reproductions of devotional art and photography in her family’s Bible. Often portrayed with their hands clasped in prayer, her characters carry with them the same wishes and devotions as any “normal” human child. For her debut West Coast solo exhibition, titled “Cryptotweens Are Like,” Lori Nelson expands on her cast of freakishly charming tweens in a series of 16 new oil-on-panel paintings. Like one of the horror genre’s most famous characters, the monster of Frankenstein, Nelson’s are also perpetually misunderstood. Born into innocence, we watch as they experience coming-of-age feelings of insecurity, fear and isolation, and first love.

Nelson shares: “I am focusing on a parallel world with mythological and magical almost-human creatures experiencing very human feelings and in recognizable earthly situations. I am drawn to adolescents as subjects because, for a brief time, they necessarily inhabit a land that is neither childhood nor adulthood, but rather a thorny connective forest that all must stumble through. Forests, we all know, though dangerous and spooky, can also be quite magical. In my recent work, I strive to show my human and semi-human subjects, my “Cryptotweens,” in a precise instance where they are occupying this middle place, at once vulnerable and yet also experiencing power for the first time.

Many of the “Cryptotweens” in this exhibit wear ecstatic expressions on their faces reminiscent of the innocents and saints of traditional religious art when a veil has been lifted and knowledge and divine power revealed. It is this dual aspect of innocence and knowledge that for me defines tween and teenhood.

It’s a look that is not easily described and hence the title for this collection, “Cryptotweens Are Like.In my mind, the ending for that unfinished sentence would not be a word but rather something unspoken like a facial expression or gesture, an “emoji,” if you will, describing just what it is to be neither here nor there. I wish to capture the fleeting moment before the child emerges from the forest and reality and self-awareness sets upon her.”

The opening reception for “Cryptotweens Are Like” will be hosted Saturday, May 28 from 7-11pm at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and the exhibition is on view through July 2, 2016.

About Lori Nelson:
Lori Nelson is a Brooklyn-based painter whose narrative work incorporates aspects of traditional portraiture, Magic Realism, and vintage storybook illustration. Nods to urban mythology and current tech crazes will often appear in her work so that both yeti and iPhone apps can exist in a strange almost sweet landscape. Teens and tweens are of particular interest to Nelson and, with the fur and scales of cryptids, have been the inspiration of her ongoing “Cryptotween” series where, for several years, she has explored the vulnerability and essence of what it means to be young and monstrous. Growing up in a religious household in the West, Nelson’s primary access to art was through the devotional paintings reproduced in the family scriptures. The believer depicted on the page was of interest to the artist, beyond the gospel message, and a fascination in believers of all types took root, leading to an appreciation for conspiracy theorists, magicians, cryptozoologists, and all who declare, “I want to believe”. Through her oil paintings, Lori Nelson presents an alien world inhabited by strange and powerful children and beasts whose situations and experiences seem spookily familiar as we recognize ourselves in the monsters and the monsters in ourselves.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.

CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti. The gallery has exhibited at important art fairs including Art Basel Miami, SCOPE Miami Beach, LA Art Fair, and more. In 2010, CHG also partnered with Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery for the transatlantic collaboration “Art From The New World,” a world-class United Kingdom museum exhibition, showcasing work by a celebrated group of today’s most notable American artists. After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more information and our upcoming exhibition schedule, visit  coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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COREY HELFORD GALLERY

presents

KAZUKI TAKAMATSU
SATURDAY, APRIL 23 FROM 7-10PM
(THROUGH MAY 21, 2016)

KAZUKI TAKAMATSU_‘Look For A New Place’ acrylic, acrylic gouache, medium, chalk, giclee on tarpoulin 51 x 51
Kazuki Takamatsu’s “Look For A New Place”
acrylic, acrylic gouache, medium, chalk, giclee on tarpaulin, 51” x 51”

Los Angeles, CA – April 12, 2016 – The COREY HELFORD GALLERY (CHG) is set to debut new works by Japanese artist Kazuki Takamatsu, titled “Decoration Armament,on Saturday, April 23 from 7-10pm, at the tastemaker gallery’s new expansive 12,000 square foot space on Anderson Street in downtown Los Angeles (571 South Anderson St.). The opening reception will feature music by one of CHG’s talented DJs and is open to the public.

Decoration Armament” marks Kazuki’s third solo at the gallery and features his signature beautiful depth map paintings which read like misty x-rays of anime fantasies, mixing traditional and modern techniques. Always on a jet black background, these graphic spiritual essences leap off their surfaces, created in part with a 3D program, but painted by hand in a painstakingly detailed layering process. Each graduating spiral that emerges is perhaps a Shinto variant of Dante’s Inferno, the emotional age rings of Kazuki’s adolescent, ethereal figures. The abstract creative forces of nature are integral to Kazuki’s work. Kinetic energy rendered in gouache as hair, sound waves, and pools of water connect his compositions. In this way, Kazuki depicts the young people of Japanese society he believes are a generation lost in compliance with its elders.

KAZUKI TAKAMATSU_‘I take my own machine and lead my life without obstruction from anybody’ acrylic, acrylic gouache, medium, chalk, giclee on tarpoulin 102 x 76
Kazuki Takamatsu’s “I take my own machine and lead my life without obstruction from anybody”
acrylic, acrylic gouache, medium, chalk, giclee on tarpoulin 102” x 76”

Commenting on “Decoration Armament,” Kazuki says: “I love the concept of people using ‘decorations.’ I believe when people wear makeup, tattoos, dress up, or even work out, they are enhancing their uniqueness, changing themselves for the better – they become more noble, confident, strong and beautiful than before and they achieve a boldness as if they were wearing armor. On the other hand, such beautification can represent a sort of inferiority complex, where we are using them to hide our insecurities. These motifs therefore become a form of deception or dishonest act, or like a ‘manifest intent’ by adulterers (lovers) who seek the affections from another. These ‘decorations’ are found in history, such as in talismans or cosmetics, the earliest form of ritual in human culture, considered to be a symbol of bravery, or having the power to inspire and stimulate one mentally. It’s a ritual that has endured through to modern society, where people in today’s world continue to receive ‘armament’ through beauty and the strength of character that they receive from self-improvement.” Adds Takamatsu,Some of the patterns and designs being used in my work are borrowed from design materials- and any similarities to a specific religion, culture or politics is not intentional.”

Kazuki Takamatsu’s “Decoration Armament” exhibition runs from April 23–May 21, 2016 at the COREY HELFORD GALLERY.

About Kazuki Takamatsu:
Kazuki Takamatsu was born in Sendai, Miyagi in 1978. Influenced by media and subculture growing up, he attended the Department of Oil Painting at Tohoku University of Art & Design and graduated in 2001. Takamatsu’s haunting black and white imagery explores narratives of death and society, through a unique depth-mapping technique that he developed, in which classic mediums such as drawing, airbrush and gouache painting are combined with computer graphics.

About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs). CHG represents a diverse collection of Contemporary artists influenced by today’s pop culture, encompassing the genres of New Figurative, Pop Surreal, Graffiti and Street Art. Artists include Josh Agle (Shag), Ron English, D*Face, Chloe Early, Eine, Natalia Fabia, Hush, Liz McGrath, Richard J. Oliver, Herakut, Kukula, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Brandi Milne, Korin Faught, Mary Jane Ansell, Martin Wittfooth, Lori Nelson, Hannah Yata, Camilla d’Errico, Hikari Shimoda and more. Renowned for its notable exhibitions, the gallery has presented “Charity By Numbers,” which was co-curated by Gary Baseman and featured an unprecedented lineup of artists including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Shepard Fairey, Todd and Kathy Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, and Michael Hussar, as well as “La Noche de la Fusion,” an epic Carnivalesque festival and solo exhibition for Pervasive artist Gary Baseman. In 2010, Corey Helford Gallery partnered with Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery for the transatlantic collaboration “Art From The New World,” a world-class United Kingdom museum exhibition showcasing work by a formidable group of 49 of the finest emerging and noted American artists.

After 9 years in Culver City, the gallery re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles where it continues to benefit the trend-setting exhibitions it hosts within the heart of the city’s art community. The new location looms seven times larger than the original. Moreover, it boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions. The main gallery takes up 4,500 sq. ft., offering total immersion for attendees. CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel. 310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 Noon to 6pm

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