Photos:Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008
Corey Helford Gallery
The Sweetest Thing
August 23 - September 2, 2008
Corey Helford Gallery presents The Sweetest Thing, a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles street artist Buff Monster, which opened to the public this past Saturday, August 23rd.
Returning to the Gallery for his second solo show, Buff Monster’s “Pepto-pink” palette bursts into action with a kaleidoscope of geometric patterns, kaiju-inspired characters, and kanji translations.
Inspired by Japanese fine art, pop culture, and anime, Buff Monster paints his trademark imagery in Superflat style, blending pink, black, and metallic silver shapes into an array of squirting scenes.
Influenced by heavy metal, porn, Japanese kawai culture, and ice cream, Buff Monster is known for changing the landscapes of Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Barcelona with his iconic Buff Monster character.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Buff Monster moved to Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California where he earned degrees in Fine Art and Business Administration by day and hit the streets with his hand-screened posters by night.
He has worked on projects with Nike, Vans, Hurley, The Standard Hotel, Vivid, and Hustler and collaborates with toy manufacturer Mindstyle to produce a series of collectible vinyl figures, which are released annually during Buff Fest.
For more information about Buff Monster, please visit buffmonster.com
As expected, the opening was pretty darn sweet. Check out art and event photos from The Sweetest Thing:
Buff Monster #2, 24” x 24” Mixed media on custom birch panel
Buff Monster with Page and Kristin
Buff Monster #6, 16” x 16” Mixed media on custom birch panel
Buff Monster #8, 16” x 16” Mixed media on custom birch panel
Hannah Aitchinson & Richard Scarry
Buff Monster #9, 16” x 16” Mixed media on custom birch panel
VIMBY interviewing Jan Corey Helford
Buff Monster #10, 16” x 16” Mixed media on custom birch panel
Buff Monster #11, 16” x 16” Mixed media on custom birch panel
Carlos Ramos & Juliet Sofeu
Buff Monster #14, 24” x 24” Mixed media on custom birch panel
Buff Monster #15, 36” x 36” Mixed media on custom birch panel