Analog Color Episode 3: Corey Helford Gallery/Sylvia Ji

Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 05, 2008
Jeremy Asher Lynch is at it again, and has just released the latest episode of his art documentary series, Analog Color. This episode takes us to Culver City’s Corey Helford Gallery to chat with gallery director Richard Scarry and artist Sylvia Ji about her solo exhibit at the space. Hear Scarry’s thoughts on the roots of the “New Fine Art” movement and how Ji’s painting reflects her inner psyche in this excellent short documentary.

Culver City Artwalk

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 30, 2008
One of the most concentrated areas of great galleries in Southern California (and quite possibly the nation,) Culver City, will lay claim to the Culver City Artwalk going down this Saturday, May 31st. In case you aren’t familiar with Los Angeles’ Culver City art district, we feel pretty bad for you because there are more contemporary galleries and studio spaces here than Starbucks’- and that’s saying quite a lot for LA. Tomorrow’s event will feature a plethora of new shows, artwork, and events, but a few must-sees are: Four, a group show at Corey Helford Gallery (opening tonight, May 30th) Tiffany Bozic’s Bedtime Stories at Kinsey DesForges (image shown) and Edwin Ushiro, Tessar Lo, Yoskay Yamamoto, Nate Frizzell, and more at project:gallery. On top of all that, project:gallery is launching a special one-day 3000sq/ft curated exhibit called Pop-Up with over 30 artists! Stick a cherry on top of that giant sundae of delicious art, and we’ll catch you in Culver City tomorrow.  

New Works from Lauren Bergman - American Feminism

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, May 28, 2008
New York based artist Lauren Bergman’s paintings explore the idealization of both the feminine identity and American culture by simultaneously debunking both. Check out this great piece she recently completed called Mousetrap. How could you not want a sassy redhead in your collection of paintings? Working primarily in watercolor and acrylic, Bergman’s paintings feature women and young girls in iconic suburban-pastoral settings. The colors are soft and the images stylized and defined, reminiscent of American realists Norman Rockwell, John Sloan, and Edward Hopper, with more than a tinge of legendary pin-up artists Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren. By referencing this genre however, Bergman challenges this tradition, acknowledging that her “heroes are more along the lines of Barbara Kruger and Martha Rosler.” Read more on this visionary artist here…

Preview: Four at Corey Helford Gallery

Juxtapoz // Saturday, May 24, 2008
Four, a group exhibition of painting and photography by four dynamic Los Angeles artists, opens at Corey Helford Gallery, bringing with it a surge of fresh talent to the LA art scene. The participating Four artists are: Jason Shawn Alexander, Sarah Folkman, Melissa Forman (work shown,) Karen Hsiao, and special guest artist Miso. All these creative minds are of the new fine art movement who are exploring the boundaries of creative expression through their diverse personal experiences. Though the real show won’t debut until Friday, May 30th, Corey Helford Gallery passed a little sneak preview of some of the seriously sick art that will soon grace the walls of the gallery. 

"Natural History Museum Part I" by Carlos Ramos

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 23, 2008
Los Angeles artist Carlos Ramos has a solo exhibition of new work titled Natural History Museum Part I coming up at Corey Helford Gallery. For his first solo show in LA, Ramos replicates the natural history museum experience for his audience, fusing the natural world with the art world. A series of twenty-four large-scale paintings based on classic grand dioramas and a special installation of skeletal structures will transform the gallery into an epicenter of flora and fauna. The concept of the exhibition is based on Ramos’ childhood fascination with natural history museums and the “authoritative” impression they made on him growing up. Developing a show around a cohesive theme as well as expanding the size and scale of his work mark an exciting new direction for the artist, which has allowed him to explore environments and characters more freely than in the past. Natural History Museum Part I will open on Saturday, June 28th and will be on view until July 16th. More info at coreyhelfordgallery.com. 

"Four" at Corey Helford Gallery

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 16, 2008
The latest announcement from the art powerhouse that is Corey Helford Gallery involves four extremely talented individual artists coming together for a show simply titled Four. Four is a group exhibition of painting and photography by four dynamic Los Angeles artists of the new fine art movement who are exploring the boundaries of creative expression through their diverse personal experiences: Jason Shawn Alexander, Sarah Folkman, Melissa Forman, Karen Hsiao and special guest artist Miso. The opening reception for Four will take place on Friday, May 30th, and the exhibition will also be on view during the Culver City Artwalk. Four will remain on display thru June 21st. Any and all details can be found at www.coreyhelfordgallery.com 

Photos: Sean Christopher's "Vanity Bonfire"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sean Christopher’s Vanity Bonfire (man, we just love that name!) recently opened to an eager crowd at Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery. Full of innocent-looking delicacies like cakes, flowers, and shoes, Christopher’s exhibit explored a deceptively candy-coated world through the use of oil and mixed media on panel. Take a trip to the opening of Vanity Bonfire in our photos right this way…

Photos: "Heroes & Villains"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Okay, we know the Los Angeles debut of the epic photo show Heroes & Villains was a bit ago, but this show is so awesome, we thought we’d revisit its opening at Corey Helford Gallery. The exhibit will soon be traveling to other cities across the nation, with a book project in development as well as a new chapter of portraits to come! Showcasing photographs of some of the biggest names in contemporary art (like David Choe and Saber, shown) by Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho, Heroes & Villains drew a crowd worthy of its own “Pop Life” section! Check out more flicks this way…

Preview Photos: "Heroes & Villains"

Juxtapoz // Saturday, April 19, 2008
Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho’s massive photographic undertaking, Heroes & Villains, will finally open at Corey Helford Gallery this coming Tuesday! The highly anticipated exhibit, showcasing portraits of some of the most well-known and influential contemporary artists around, will only be on display in Los Angeles for two days: Tuesday April 22nd and Wednesday April 23rd. We got our hands on more amazing preview images of the photographs that will grace the walls of Corey Helford, including this portrait of David Choe all dressed up and looking ever-so handsome. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll want to check out more preview shots (including one of Natalia Fabia in the buff!).

Sean Christopher's "Vanity Bonfire"

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 18, 2008
Continuing their tradition of excellence, Corey Helford Gallery presents Vanity Bonfire, a solo exhibition of new works by artist Sean Christopher. For his first solo show in Los Angeles, Christopher will unveil a world of hidden meanings, symbols, and metaphors through a series of oil paintings, sculptures, and mixed mediums. Representing a year and a half long process, Vanity Bonfire juxtaposes heavenly beauty against stark reality, creating a cohesive, multi-layered experience for the viewer. Things are not what they seem as candy coated veneers reveal dark subtle messages upon closer inspection. Christopher’s opulent visual vocabulary reaches new heights in Vanity Bonfire as politically motivated soldiers disguised as rococo frosted three layer cakes with lubricated match sticks and peppermint appendages, intermingle with dripping blood cherries, sparkling dollar signs and cultured pearls plucked from a 13th Century tiara. Iconographic cakes, Louis XIV shoes, and Sacred Hearts form the metaphoric foundation for Vanity Bonfire, which is sure to delight the senses and challenge the mind. Open to the public, the reception for Vanity Bonfire will take place next Saturday, April 26th. Snag details at coreyhelfordgallery.com.

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