Kukula and Amy Sol @ Corey Helford Gallery, LAJuxtapoz // Friday, 13 Sep 2013
Following the success of her previous sold-out shows, Nataly (Kukula) Abramovitch returns to Corey Helford for her third exhibition, entitled “The Adventures of Raspberry Finn," featuring eleven new paintings, and a show catalog of her new paintings and sketches. Drawing inspiration from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Russian fashion designer Ulyana Sergeenko, Kukula fuses couture with Americana. “Her [Sergeenko] spring collection told a similar tale of an imaginary personal journey. It brought the little-known traditions of the Russian peasantry right into the heart of modern Paris, and for good measure it incorporated my favorite touches of Victorian era Americana. Her poetic designs, a unique combination of high-minded couture and a rambling country style, inspired me to return to my imaginary prairie in order to give it form” Kukula explains. Tom and Becky from Twain’s Huckleberry Finn are transformed into a painting of two of Kukula’s provactive, yet innocent girls on a small countryside bridge. Her vision of Tom, a coquettish, scantily, clad vixen, sits with her legs dangling over the bridge while she smokes a corn cob pipe and fishes. Becky stands above Tom in a mini-skirt gown, complete with a matching parasol. Kukula notes, “In this exhibition, I feminize classic country adventure stories that were originally tailored to bratty boys.”
A new collection of paintings by Amy Sol, exploring the supernatural, esoteric qualities of femininity & nature. The artist crafts highly stylized two dimensional dreamscapes with an emphasis on simplified shapes & forms found in nature. The influence of classical animation & illustration is apparent in the layered plains of color and ghostly outlines, which embody the subjects of each piece. Her signature muted color palette is slightly richer here, to give each piece a subtle illuminated quality further suggesting the theme of magic, which reoccurs throughout this body of work. Each painting is intended to capture a moment of evocation, where the mystery of a wish and a hidden hope can remain preserved. Amy Sol spent her childhood years in Korea then moved to Las Vegas, NV where she currently lives and works. Though the style of her work is greatly influenced by a combination of manga, folk-art, vintage illustration and modern design, she remains a self taught artist. She has dedicated many years of her life mixing pigments and mediums to achieve a unique color palette of subtly muted tones. The artist works intuitively from the beginning to end of each piece, with the intent that each painting's theme or message can be interpreted subjectively. Within these delicate works, you may often find whimsical landscapes populated with exotic plants, animal and females... Amongst the expressions of each character are notions of peaceful reflection and a sense of companionship. Sol’s work has been exhibited at galleries worldwide including London, Italy, Los Angeles, Miami and New York and published in Juxtapoz and The Korea Times.