Preview: Hush "Unseen" @ Corey Helford Gallery, Culver CityJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 08 May 2013
On Saturday, May 18th, 2013, Corey Helford Gallery presents “Unseen,” an exhibition of new paintings by international street artist HUSH, his first solo exhibition with the gallery.
The women of “Unseen,” enciphered with street tags and abstractions, appear as graffiti specters, colorful visages of noir street action. Under street influence, HUSH paints the exhibit’s imagery as an inward vision, revealing layers of urban histories and figurative dimensions. “In this new work I’ve covered, tagged and erased the eyes of the women which takes away a relationship to the character, a focal point which makes your eyes want to discover the painting and mark making within it,” says HUSH. As the female forms are materialized by the tags, throws, and dubs of his superimposed marks, the paintings of “Unseen” project the visual imagery of the streets, sensualized by the urban classicism of its feminine faces.
“I look to take something like tagging that is generally seen as aggressive, ugly and masculine out of context and present it to the viewer as something beautiful,” HUSH says. The painted street tag is the quantum mark of HUSH’s fusion of Eastern and Western themes: a visual syntax of urban expressionism and cross-cultural contrasts, embodied within his figurations. “The presence of the female form within my work is important as a symbol and for me it symbolizes beauty and the power of sexuality and supports the perception of how the graffiti should be viewed.”
The 24 canvases of “Unseen” and site-specific works will also exhibit, for the first time, abstract paintings of mixed media, screen-print paintings, pencil studies, minimal pieces, screen prints and sticker collages on wood. In the featured painting, “Unseen I,” the figure’s eyes are tagged and stare darkly beyond its large 64” by 44” canvas, layered with acrylic, screen, spray paints, and screen inks on linen, syncretic with medium, style, and theme. “It’s a diverse body of work that should make an interesting show and explain the depth of my working process,” says HUSH, describing the show as, “The beauty of tagging, graffiti, and the female form.”
The opening reception for “Unseen” takes place Saturday, May 18th at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through June 15, 2013.
May 18—June 15, 2013
Corey Helford Gallery
Culver City, California