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EVENT

“Motion: The Art of Movement”


Dates:
Sat Jun 09, 2012 07:00 - Sat Jun 30, 2012

Location:
Culver City, United States of America

“Motion: The Art of Movement”
A Group Exhibition

Opening Reception Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 7‑10pm
On View June 9 - June 30, 2012

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
T: 310-287-2340
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com
Open Tuesday - Saturday, Noon to 6:00pm

On Saturday, June 9, Corey Helford Gallery marks the arrival of summer with “Motion: The Art of Movement.”

For the group exhibition, more than twenty five artists from the New Contemporary Art Scene created a wide range of works depicting people in motion, design in motion, and nature in motion. Each piece captures a different aspect of movement, creating an intensely vital and energized multi-artist exploration.

Ray Caesar’s elegant and haunting work takes a delightful direction in “Turning Point,” his exquisite digital rendering of a woman with her parasol strolling amidst flowers in full bloom. Her profile echoes with each turn of her delicate figure. Alternately, Los Angeles artist Cleon Peterson paints a swarm of deviance in “The Mess.” Known for his “anxiety-ridden dystopias where corruption and injustice plague the social order,” Peterson’s desperate characters struggle for power and control over their environment in a scene loaded with sex, drugs and violence. Internationally-renowned UK street artist HUSH brings an urban edge to the exhibition with his piece “Dark Dancer,” in which a female figure appears still, yet her hair and clothing are adorned with chaos and flux.

“Motion” features new works by:
Alex Gross
Amy Sol
Anita Kunz
Benjamin Bryce Kelley
Billy Norrby
Chris Pugliese
Cleon Peterson
COOP
Eric Joyner
HUSH
Jeremy Lipking
Joe Sorren
Josh Agle (SHAG)
Korin Faught
Marco Mazzoni
Maria Kreyn
Melissa Forman
Michael Mararian
Paul Frank
Phil Hale
Ray Caesar
Sarah Folkman
Sas Christian
Stella Im Hultberg
Sylvia Ji
Van Arno

The opening reception for “Motion: The Art of Movement” takes place Saturday, June 9 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through June 30, 2012.


EVENT

Mia Araujo “Into the Woods” and guest artist Nouar


Dates:
Sat May 12, 2012 19:00 - Sat Jun 02, 2012

Location:
Culver City, California
United States of America

Mia Araujo
“Into the Woods”

Featuring guest artist Nouar

Opening Reception Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 7‑10pm
On View May 12 – June 2, 2012

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
T: 310-287-2340
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

On Saturday, May 12, Los Angeles artist Mia Araujo returns to Corey Helford Gallery to unveil her first solo exhibition at the gallery, “Into the Woods.”

Mia is known for her beautiful and ethereal imagery, tempered with the darkness and horrors of reality. “The worlds I create are heavily charged with mysticism, magic, and mythology — things that I find mostly lacking in contemporary times,” she notes.

For “Into the Woods,” Mia drew inspiration from a variety of sources: Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke, the writings of John Muir, and Timothy Egan’s book The Big Burn. Her newest body of work is about connecting with the outdoors to go inward and discover your truest self. Nature is a sanctuary, and “a place to heal from all the exhaustion, stress, and wounds that each of us carry in our daily lives.” Mia adds, “I feel that people today need to be reintroduced to the raw power and beautiful honesty of nature, an experience that no manner of technology can ever replicate.”

Layered with the emotions, ghosts, memories, and dreams of the main figure in each piece, her narratives have matured in every sense - color, anatomy, detail and composition. “I love to tell stories with many facets, like a diamond,” Mia adds. The main floor of the gallery will showcase seven new paintings and ten drawings, including her largest piece to date, a 60” x 40” painting.

The upstairs gallery will feature “Confectionary Affections” a new body of work by Los Angeles artist Nouar. The title of the exhibition alludes to how “the sweet things in life can seamlessly lead into the not so sweet,” Nouar adds. “Dissolved,” is one of ten new works in the show illustrating this concept. In the piece, a bubbly bottle of pop bounces along with the remains of its hapless victim inside.

Nouar continues to feature confectionary-themed resin works created from a unique process of casting and then painting each one. However, For “Confectionary Affections” Nouar embeds objects inside, producing seamless combinations to further push the medium. For the exhibition, Nouar’s signature brightly-colored, sugary-sweet works are infused with darker flavors such as skeletons, apparitions, and symbols of mortality.
Nouar adds “It creates a literal sense that the good things and bad things in life, two opposing forces, can collide and meld into one.”

The opening reception for the “Into the Woods” and “Confectionary Affections” takes place Saturday, May 12 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and both exhibitions will be on view through June 2, 2012.

Mia Araujo
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Mia graduated as valedictorian from Otis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Creative Writing. Fascinated by story and character, Mia’s paintings are “personality portraits” that illustrate the spirits, inner demons, conflicting emotions and imagination of her subjects. Mia currently shows her work in prominent galleries across the U.S., and her work has been published in ImagineFX, Spectrum, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, and the Creative Quarterly. For more information about Mia, please visit art-by-mia.com.

Nouar
In 2004, Nouar graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She has since worked in many artistic facets, including work as a background painter in the television animation industry, and as a freelance illustrator. As a painter, her love of animation, food and vintage ephemera, coupled with darker personal narratives continually act as an inspiration for her work, and her work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide. For more information about the artist, please visit noirnouar.com.


EVENT

BUFF MONSTER “Legend of the Pink Cherry”


Dates:
Sat Apr 14, 2012 19:00 - Sat May 05, 2012

Location:
Culver City, California
United States of America

BUFF MONSTER
“Legend of the Pink Cherry”

Opening Reception Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 7‑10pm
On View April 14 - May 5, 2012

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
T: 310-287-2340
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

On Saturday, April 14, Los Angeles street artist Buff Monster returns to Corey Helford Gallery to unveil the “Legend of the Pink Cherry,” his fifth solo exhibition at the gallery and his most ambitious to date.

Internationally known for his super bright, happy, and bold imagery, the paintings in the main gallery will celebrate the last eleven years of Buff Monster’s career, culminating in a timeless epic tale of good vs. evil. For the “Legend of the Pink Cherry,” the artist draws inspiration from Renaissance paintings. Buff Monster will introduce his latest creamy creation, a soft serve ice cream cone with human-like arms and legs. Each acrylic-on-wood panel piece in the show is delicately rendered with airbrush, a first for the artist.

Buff Monster’s narratives are more character and figure-based than before, and the series of paintings created for the exhibition will also reveal a new direction in Buff Monster’s career. “I’ve always thought of my work as inspired by and representative of Los Angeles—Hollywood more specifically. Los Angeles is the birthplace of Buff Monster. Part of why I feel compelled to tie everything together is that I feel that this chapter of my life and my work is coming to an end, and I’m looking to the future. It’s time to go East.”

The upstairs gallery will feature the second half of the exhibition, the debut of a project Buff Monster has been working towards his entire career: “The Melty Misfits,” a set of 60 collectible trading cards honoring the Garbage Pail Kids. “I know more about Garbage Pail Kids than anyone you will ever meet,” Buff Monster adds, and in keeping true to the original form, each painting is 5”x7” on watercolor paper with acrylic and airbrush. The cards will be released on opening night, and the original paintings will be on display. Buff Monster notes, “I am going through a ton of work to make these as close to the vintage cards that we grew up with as possible. They’ll be printed offset using a custom paper stock and custom-mixed inks, and will come in wax packages just like cards from the 80s.”

The opening reception for the “Legend of the Pink Cherry” takes place Saturday, April 14 —Buff Monster’s birthday —at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through May 5, 2012.


EVENT

Natalia Fabia’s “Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012”


Dates:
Fri Mar 30, 2012 21:00 - Sat Mar 31, 2012

Location:
Santa Monica, California
United States of America

Corey Helford Gallery presents

NATALIA FABIA’S
“Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012”

With Comedian Guest Host, Brian Posehn
Friday, March 30, 2012
9pm-12am

Dragonfly Bar
6510 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
T: 323-466-6111
www.thedragonfly.com

On Friday, March 30, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present Natalia Fabia’s “Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012” at Dragonfly Bar in Hollywood. Following the scintillating success of Fabia’s 2008 pageant, the event celebrates the artist’s concept that “everyone is a hooker,” and like “a sparkle on steroids,” the upcoming pageant promises to be more electrifying than ever before.

Defined as “someone who sells one’s talents, abilities, or name for money,” Fabia notes “a hooker to me means a rad, strong, talented, tough, colorful, independent, stylish, and beautiful woman.” The pageant is Fabia’s platform to highlight real women in Hollywood’s music and art scene with a part burlesque performance and part improvised event that applauds beauty, brains and brawn.

Based on the original pageant competition format, the night will feature three main categories – with an emphasis on each contestant’s unusual talents as they tussle for the title of Miss Hooker 2012. Fabia adds, “Real pageants now focus on looks, bathing suit category and popularity, not even airing the talent competition on TV. These hookers happen to be beautiful, but they are also highly talented and creative. The pageant will showcase that and more, while being amusing and funny!”

Evening Gown: Each contestant’s trademark sassy style will be on display as they cruise down the aisle, runway style, in their own custom dresses.

Talent: Hidden talents, unique skills and clever tricks will steal the show, which can range from hula-hooping and breathing fire to a rare comedy ventriloquist dummy performance.

Interview: Three contestants will face the final challenge — a question and answer session that will test and titillate.

Joined by comedian host Brian Posehn (The Five Year Engagement, The Sarah Silverman Program, Mr. Show with Bob and David) and a surprise ensemble of celebrity judges, Miss One Dolla No Holla, the winner of Miss Hooker 2008 will return to perform a special musical number for the crowning of Miss Hooker 2012. The event will also feature custom opening number costumes by Los Angeles designer Jessica Louise, creative production by Vanessa Burgundy and prizes from Hairroin Salon, Bonsoir Bella Bikinis and TUK Shoes.

“Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012” takes place Friday, March 30 at Dragonfly Bar. There is a $10 cover charge and guests must be 21 or over to attend. The event will be followed by “Hookers” a group exhibition of paintings of “modern industrious women” curated by Natalia Fabia, opening Saturday, March 31 at Corey Helford Gallery.

Natalia Fabia
Natalia Fabia’s paintings are the signature of LA’s “new progressive” women of the 21st century. Like the independent working class of women who emerged from the Industrial Revolution or the liberated “Flappers” of the 1920’s, Natalia’s women are unabashed, aggressive and confident as she documents their influence on the lifestyle of an enrapt world. Irreverently calling them “hookers” – she uses the term like men use “dude” - she is fueled and fascinated by their color, their sparkles, their sultriness and their strength.

Natalia Fabia is of Polish descent and was raised in Southern California where she graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. A traditional, classically-trained oil painter, Fabia is inspired by artists Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and John Singer Sargent, ornate interiors, wild animals, voyeurism, and punk rock. In 2008, Fabia produced the first known Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant and her jewelry line Hookerfeathers adorns celebrities and fans alike. Her work has also been featured in numerous galleries and museums worldwide. She has been featured in LA Weekly’s 2010 People Issue, Art Ltd., Angeleno, Juxtapoz, Inked and New York Arts magazine as well as appeared on Miami Ink, KNBC News, Fox 11 News, and was interviewed by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols on Los Angeles’ Indie 103.1. For more information about the artist, please visit www.nataliafabia.com.

Corey Helford Gallery
Located in the Culver City Art District, Corey Helford Gallery 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). Corey Helford Gallery 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), Ray Caesar, D*Face, Chloe Early, EINE, Ron English, Natalia Fabia, HUSH, Kukula, Lola, The London Police, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Michael Mararian, Brandi Milne, Buff Monster, Risk, Amy Sol, TrustoCorp, Martin Wittfooth, and Nick Walker. 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. Corey Helford Gallery presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more information and an upcoming exhibition schedule, please visit coreyhelfordgallery.com.


EVENT

“HOOKERS” Curated by Natalia Fabia


Dates:
Sat Mar 31, 2012 19:00 - Tue Apr 10, 2012

Location:
Culver City, California
United States of America

“HOOKERS”
A Group Exhibition Curated by Natalia Fabia

Opening Reception Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 7‑10pm
On View March 31 – April 10, 2012

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
T: 310-287-2340
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

On Saturday, March 31, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “Hookers,” a group exhibition curated by Los Angeles artist Natalia Fabia.

Celebrating strong, talented, tough, colorful, independent, and stylish women (and men), the term “Hooker” serves as Fabia’s signature concept and lifelong fascination. “Hooker is a very positive moniker to me,” Fabia notes. “Although I have strayed away from the specific word during the last few years, I think it is perfect to return to for my first time curating a show. I have always loved the denomination —it is straightforward yet surprising.”

Fabia’s curatorial debut will feature 22 artists’ interpretation of the term “Hooker.” Focusing on figurative painting, the exhibition highlights a wide range of accomplished artists whom Fabia admires, many of which she went to college with or studied under at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

The exhibition features new works by:
John Paul Altamira
Frank Carter
Sean Cheetham
Natalia Fabia
Albert Fabia
Korin Faught
Phil Hale
F. Scott Hess
Michael Hussar
Benjamin Bryce Kelley
Maria Kreyn
Jeremy Lipking
Ann Marshall
Jeff McMillan
Tara McPherson
Jeff Nentrup
Chris Pugliese
Revok
Erik Mark Sandberg
Alex Schafer
Frank Stockton
Marc Trujillo
Kent Williams
Stephen Wright

With a talent for infusing her projects with the unexpected, Fabia also chose a touch of abstract and graffiti art to feature alongside the more traditional figurative works. “Though you may think graffiti and abstract don’t comply with figurative painting, I feel they do. There are many parallels in the line work, color and thought in both the graffiti and figurative paintings. They will be a great compliment to each other,” Fabia adds.

The opening reception for the “Hookers” takes place Saturday, March 31 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through April 10, 2012. The event will be preceded by Natalia Fabia’s “Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012” presented by Corey Helford Gallery, opening Friday, March 30 at Dragonfly Bar in Hollywood.

Natalia Fabia
Natalia Fabia’s paintings are the signature of LA’s “new progressive” women of the 21st century. Like the independent working class of women who emerged from the Industrial Revolution or the liberated “Flappers” of the 1920’s, Natalia’s women are unabashed, aggressive and confident as she documents their influence on the lifestyle of an enrapt world. Irreverently calling them “hookers” – she uses the term like men use “dude” - she is fueled and fascinated by their color, their sparkles, their sultriness and their strength.

Natalia Fabia is of Polish descent and was raised in Southern California where she graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. A traditional, classically-trained oil painter, Fabia is inspired by artists Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and John Singer Sargent, ornate interiors, wild animals, voyeurism, and punk rock. In 2008, Fabia produced the first known Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant and her jewelry line Hookerfeathers adorns celebrities and fans alike. Her work has also been featured in numerous galleries and museums worldwide. She has been featured in LA Weekly’s 2010 People Issue, Art Ltd., Angeleno, Juxtapoz, Inked and New York Arts magazine as well as appeared on Miami Ink, KNBC News, Fox 11 News, and was interviewed by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols on Los Angeles’ Indie 103.1. For more information about the artist, please visit www.nataliafabia.com.

Corey Helford Gallery
Located in the Culver City Art District, Corey Helford Gallery 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). Corey Helford Gallery 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), Ray Caesar, D*Face, Chloe Early, EINE, Ron English, Natalia Fabia, HUSH, Kukula, Lola, The London Police, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Michael Mararian, Brandi Milne, Buff Monster, Risk, Amy Sol, TrustoCorp, Martin Wittfooth, and Nick Walker. 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. Corey Helford Gallery presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more information and an upcoming exhibition schedule, please visit coreyhelfordgallery.com.