Sarah Folkman "The Burden of Adoration" @ Corey Helford Gallery

Feb 15, 2014 - Mar 08, 2014CHG Circa, Culver City

On Saturday, February 15th, CHG Circa will present “The Burden Of Adoration” the highly emotive and captivating works of Los Angeles artist Sarah Folkman, her first solo show with the gallery. Folkman is recognized for using exotic woods as her canvas and for infusing nature and the female figure. Her upcoming exhibition will explore a new realm of intense emotion. In “The Burden of Adoration,” Folkman explores the feeding frenzy-like frame of mind one experiences when you’re in love; the sensation of wanting to completely protect the one you adore while simultaneously feeling that you would murder them if they betrayed you; a mad intensity that when not reciprocated leads to disaster. Initially, she had an entirely different idea for her show. As she began the work, she felt a creeping sense of wrongness, of falseness and after months of work, she sanded down the scarred surfaces and started over. Folkman elaborates that, “the images I had started didn’t seem to be going in a direction that would allow me to feel and think about passion as I was working.”

For her exhibition, Folkman has challenged herself with a new type of wood - olive ash burl with a particularly beautiful swirling pattern of tight and loose grain. She will unveil twelve new paintings. Folkman explains, “I am interested in depicting moments, or small scenes, of intense emotion. I paint because it allows an expression of thoughts and feelings that otherwise become dangerously bottled up.”

The reception for “The Burden of Adoration” is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, February 15 from 7 to 10pm. The exhibition will be on view until March 8, 2014.