Popular Naughty finally on your torso in LA.
At this joint! The most cutting edge gallery I have ever visited. It is a slaughterhouse of edge. Someone yelped that it was “not a safe space.” Hell, “not a safe space” should be their slogan! This side dimension of a gallery is the best thing that could ever happen to to the sedated and subdued masses. The ultra-progressive art on the condensed walls, rattles the cages that our failed attempt at society tries to create, as the experimental imagery they play with stimulates you into expanding your perceptions. Wake up. It isn’t always pretty, but it will still, somehow, be unbearably beautiful.
We will have lovely streetwear such as THIS!
There is going to be a LOT of really great ultra-alt merch and massively creative gifts here. You need to put this on your radar. If you don’t buy something from me, at least get something with the psychotically awesome punk rock, safety pin logo they use for Lethal Amounts. Too perfect. It makes me want to punch someone.
Then it’s off to the COREY HELFORD GALLERY · 571 S Anderson Street (awesomely about 6 blocks from the Danger Factory Lair in Boyle Heights), Los Angeles for an ULTRA POP evening with
Ron English / Miho Hirano / Attaboy, Lauren Marx & Relm
In the gallery’s own words…
“Opening Saturday, December 2nd, 7-11pm
Show Runs: December 2nd – December 30th, 2017
You’re invited to join us in celebrating the opening of “TOYBOX” an exhibition of all new works by Ron English. Also opening the same night in Galleries 2 and 3 – “Beauties in Nature”, a solo exhibition by Miho Hirano, and a multi-artist exhibition featuring new works by Attaboy, Lauren Marx and Relm.
On view in our main gallery is artist Ron English’s fantastic new solo exhibition of 36 new paintings, “TOYBOX: America in the Visuals.” The exhibition deconstructs the search for new meaning in a culture that is based as much on the imagination of its participants as on the physical realities these human concepts are played against. The toy based childhood imagination aesthetic of the work allows for a playful new look at a society in the throes of reinventing itself.
Featuring 36 new oil paintings, as well as sculptures and installations, the exhibition examines the creation of the self, and thus the greater society, as an act of imagination, a skill developed in childhood largely through the activity of play and the use of toys.
For this exhibition, English has also co-produced a musical soundtrack to be performed by new character DJ Popaganda. The exhibition will also include a new outdoor mural and a pop-up store selling Ron’s limited-edition toys.
Gallery 2: Attaboy, Lauren Marx and Relm
Attaboy’s new crop of paintings for the show will feature a hand-painted garden of trippy mushrooms and other decomposing delights.
Attaboy shares: “I can’t stop painting these mushrooms, mainly to take a break from the constant barrage of news. I think it’s my own way of taking back control of my mind, remind myself that, while we must fight the recent tide of awful, it’s important to keep an eye out for the unexpected things, those little absurd buoys of wonder, we mustn’t lose them, they’re more important than ever.”
Here is a great interview with THAT over-achiever… https://www.insidetherift.net/art/2016/12/16/interview-with-artist-and-co-owner-of-hi-fructose-magazine-attaboy
Lauren Marx creates beautiful vignettes that speak to the cycle of life. Combining pen and ink with various mixed media, her paintings offer a raw depiction of birth and death.
On her choice to depict animals, Lauren has shared, “my work definitely plays upon the newly romanticized view of nature as this pure, beautiful, and distant world. Nature in art has steadily increased since the acceptance of global warming, deforestation, and the greater understanding of the human influences on delicate ecosystems. I feel that this is one of the reasons humans do not, nor will ever, appear in my work.”
“Fauna”, a beautiful new painting by Relm, for her new series, entitled “Peculiar Tales”. Relm shares: “I incorporate creatures, plants, and all kinds of life through the use of patterns and textures into the hair of my girls. My goals are to show the powerful relationship between humans and nature, whether it be good or bad. All the while simultaneously creating a new story with each piece.”
Miho Hirano, “Beauties in Nature”
Miho’s dreamy images are inhabited by ephemeral spirits at one with their natural environment. She adorns their hair with accessories made of flora and fauna like swarming bees, hummingbirds, and goldfish, each carrying their own weight as elements of beauty and symbols of the artist’s identity. In essence, each of her paintings represents a world where humans and nature can coexist.
COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033