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Sylvia Ji “Gilded Roses”


Dates:
Sat Dec 17, 2011 19:00 - Sat Jan 14, 2012

Location:
Culver City, California
United States of America

On Saturday, December 17, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “Gilded Roses” by Los Angeles artist Sylvia Ji. Ji is internationally recognized for her highly-collected works that capture beauty in its rarest forms, and her fourth solo exhibition with the gallery will be her most elegant to date.

A study of “the ornamented being”, Ji embodies this beauty as a rose in her new collection, “Gilded Roses.” For the exhibition, Ji will unveil twelve new paintings inspired by western European costume designs and modern couture. Ji explains, “As a child I would revel in and devour all things related to historical costume; it is a passion of mine. Bygone eras of corsets, crinolines, explosions of lace, feathers, silks, satins, glinting jewels—all gilded to a state of heightened beauty and sartorial elegance.”

Each piece created for the exhibition is “a unique exploration into my fascination with the past and what we wore” Ji notes about the intricate patterns, fine textures, and historical silhouettes that define her subjects. Her signature red palette is highlighted by an assortment of jewel tones: deep crimsons, seductive purples and crisp emeralds with extensive use of gold leaf to accentuate each piece. Capturing the essence of the show is “Regina,” Ji’s Elizabethan style portrait of “a gilded rose heavily ornamented, but behind the veneer there is strength and power.”

The reception for “Gilded Roses” is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, December 17 from 7 to 10pm. The exhibition will be on view until January 14, 2012.


EVENT

Ron English “Seasons In Supurbia”


Dates:
Sat Nov 19, 2011 19:00 - Sat Dec 10, 2011

Location:
Culver City, California
United States of America

On Saturday, November 19, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “Seasons In Supurbia,” the highly anticipated solo exhibition of original new works by Ron English, renowned street artist and master pop surrealist painter.

Considered one of the most prolific artists of our generation, English is the father of POPaganda, a term he coined to define his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, creating a visual language of evolution. Recognized for his stunning technique and inventive use of color, English’s artistic presence continues to evolve from illegal street murals to movie screens, where he is crowned “the Greatest Living Artist” in Morgan Spurlock’s 2011 film “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.”

For his first solo exhibition with Corey Helford Gallery, English captures intimate moments in suburban life — dosed with a cocktail of subversive visuals, consumer culture, and POPaganda politics. In this series the artist explores the inability of the 21st century oversaturated American soul to distinguish between political realities and pop culture illusions, constructing doll-house depictions of comic-contrived reality to compete against global belief systems. In short: Suburban Surrealism.

Many of English’s archetypal characters serve as denizens of Supurbia, including MC Supersized, the corpulent fast-food spokesman, Hulk Baby, the oversized Enfant Terrible, Combrats, the child soldiers, sexualized cowgirls, alien rabbits, proletariat turtles, sad sacks and sinister Grins. Outside, grazing the lawns of Supurbia, are herds of Camo Deer, with coats of camouflage that change with the seasons, protecting them from the hunter’s scope while preserving them like a romantic memory from the last days of baby boomer youth.

“Seasons In Supurbia” features 18 new paintings, including the original poster artwork for Pearl Jam’s recent Vancouver performance. The exhibition follows English 101, English’s print, toy and sculpture show at Post No Bills in Venice, California that runs from October 6 through 30.

The opening reception for “Seasons In Supurbia” takes place on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Corey Helford Gallery and is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through December 10, 2011.


EVENT

POSE & KC Ortiz “Whitewash”


Dates:
Sat Nov 19, 2011 20:00 - Sat Dec 10, 2011

Location:
Los Angeles, California
United States of America

On Saturday, November 19, graffiti artist POSE and photojournalist KC Ortiz will unveil Whitewash, their second exhibition at Known Gallery, and their most cohesive to date.

For POSE, Whitewash references society’s attempt to eradicate graffiti and stifle human expression. “Shortly after I started writing graffiti, Chicago took an extremely hard-line stance on its eradication, outlawing the sale of spraypaint and implementing Mayor Dayley’s Graffiti Blasters program,” POSE explains.

With this exhibition, POSE will recall a time before the buff. “I am digging into my fondest childhood memories of riding the train and seeing all the colors, letters and cartoon characters along the lines. Making these paintings has been an incredibly rich process, and it makes me thankful that no city official can eradicate my memories.”

POSE will show 15 new works in the main gallery. The work is rendered in his signature style—aggressive, hand-painted collages of pop-culture icons and ephemera—but feature deeper abstractions and new mediums. “I have six paintings on Plexiglass that were kind of an experiment,” POSE explains. “I wanted to be challenged by a new medium and process.”

For KC, Whitewash is about the people and places he photographs. “Much of the work I do covers those who have been ‘whitewashed,’ so to speak, by history and policy,” KC notes. “Specifically, the work I will be exhibiting is from West Papua and Burma. You won’t find either of those ‘nations’ on the map, as both have been essentially ‘whitewashed’ away. Burma has been renamed Myanmar by its ruling junta in order to establish the fantasy of a unified nation, and West Papua has been occupied by Indonesia since 1963 after a very controversial handover from the Dutch that was orchestrated by the United States.”

In the project room, KC will show 12 photographs of West Papua and Burma’s armed struggles. “The struggles are unified in their nature under the theme of resistance, the victimhood of whitewashing by the world at large, the beauty of their people, and the strength of the human spirit and dignity,” KC notes.

The opening reception for Whitewash takes place Saturday, November 19 at Known Gallery and is open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through December 10, 2011.


EVENT

RAY CAESAR “A Dangerous Inclination”


Dates:
Sat Oct 22, 2011 19:00 - Sat Oct 22, 2011

Location:
Culver City, California
United States of America

RAY CAESAR
“A Dangerous Inclination”
 
Opening Reception Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 7‑10pm
On View October 22 - November 12, 2011
Corey Helford Gallery                 
8522 Washington Boulevard            
Culver City, CA  90232                
T: 310-287-2340             
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com
On Saturday, October 22, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “A Dangerous Inclination,” a solo exhibition by digital artist Ray Caesar and his most revealing to date.
 
Caesar’s first exhibition with Corey Helford features 30 pieces, unveiling Caesar’s cathartic process of making art. “I look inside myself and see very difficult and wonderful memories I have forgotten; things I tucked away in a secret box 45 years ago,” Caesar explains. “I am now sitting by that box and opening up what’s inside. [This exhibition] communicates what I am finding.”  
 
Caesar is known for his elegant and haunting works, which are a reflection of his subconscious mind and path to self-discovery. “I take difficult memories and hidden emotions and turn them into something that at first glance seems pretty, then you notice something a little disturbing or an ingredient that you wonder why it might be there,” Caesar explains. “A little tainted, a little melancholy, a little funny, a little sad and a little taboo… I mix this with clocks and scissors and irons and knives and silk dresses hiding strange things underneath.”
 
“A Dangerous Inclination” continues on this theme, disclosing a more personal side to his narratives than before. For example, his new painting “Iron Shoes” features a child wearing a fluffy, white petticoat and fiery feet, which deals with Caesar’s traumatic childhood memories and his experiences working in a children’s hospital. Whereas “La Chasse”—a three-dimensional fête galante inspired by Antoine Watteau—is about hunting back innocence that has been taken from childhood. Other works, such as “Siren” and “Titania” serve as metaphors for self-exploration and escape, respectively.  
 
While maintaining the self-discovery theme, “A Dangerous Inclination” has noted differences: some of the pieces feature multiple figures, whereas some feature none at all. For example, the subject of “Death of an Unfaithful Still Life” is a dresser lying broken on the floor. “It is a strange piece for me and part of my work I am moving towards of non-figurative pieces—although I see them as figurative,” Caesar explains.
 
The opening reception for “A Dangerous Inclination” takes place Saturday, October 22, at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through November 12, 2011.


EVENT

October 8th: In Celebration of the 1st Sighting of Kepler’s SuperNova


Dates:
Sat Oct 08, 2011 18:00 - Sat Oct 08, 2011

Location:
Culver City, California
United States of America

Corey Helford Gallery presents
 
October 8th: In Celebration of the 1st Sighting of Kepler’s SuperNova
Extended Hours Saturday, October 8, 2011 until 9:30pm
One Night Only
Corey Helford Gallery                 
8522 Washington Boulevard            
Culver City, CA  90232                
T: 310-287-2340             
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

This Saturday, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “October 8th: In Celebration of the 1st Sighting of Kepler’s SuperNova.” For this special engagement, Corey Helford Gallery will unveil an exclusive preview of works by art stars who will be showcased at SCOPE Miami later this year. This rare opportunity to view the collection is for one night only in the main gallery. All pieces will be available for sale.
 
Highlights include:
·      Large-scale “troubled youth” paintings by New York artist Michael Mararian
·      New works by Buff Monster
·      Select paintings from Pure Evil’s “crying” celebrity series
·      Hand-finished prints by HUSH
·      Two rare street alphabet paintings by RISK
·      Available works by D*FACE, Nick Walker, EINE and Kukula

Inhabiting an impressive 800 square foot exhibition space at SCOPE Miami this December, Corey Helford Gallery will present new works by all of the artists on view. The lineup for the gallery’s second year at the prestigious Miami art fair will include some new surprises as well from artists Sas Christian, Colin Christian, Melissa Forman, Korin Faught, Chloe Early and others. “If you can’t make it out to Art Basel Miami this December, here’s a chance to see a ‘1st sighting’ of some of the amazing artists who will be featured there,” gallerist Jan Corey Helford adds.
 
Corey Helford Gallery will have extended hours on Saturday October 8 until 9:30pm. “October 8th: In Celebration of the 1st Sighting of Kepler’s SuperNova” is free and open to the public.