Most people in the contemporary art scene – artists, collectors, journalists, and art enthusiasts – are familiar with Corey Helford Gallery. For years, the gallery consistently presented one must-see exhibition after another, and ever since the gallery moved to its current location it has been presenting three simultaneous standout exhibitions back-to-back. Currently, Corey Helford is presenting Eric Joyner‘s solo show – “Sweet Dominion” – in the Main Gallery and Nathan James‘ “Dark Matter” in Gallery 3. If you stop by Corey Helford this month, you should definitely check both of those shows out. There are a few pieces that absolutely blow my mind. But, there is something about the group exhibition in Gallery 2 that makes it special to me. Curated by Caro Buermann and featuring 30 remarkable artists from around the world, this exhibition invites us to see beyond the shapes the artists created in the colors they utilized, and to find deeper – and sometimes darker – meanings the artists etched into their works using visual symbols we can identify if we look at their works closely enough.

Below the Surface

Exhibition Dates:
February 20 – March 19, 2016

Corey Helford Gallery

571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
+1 (310) 287-2340
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon to 6pm

Participating Artists:
Luke Chueh ☆ Sylvia JiChloe EarlyNatalie Shau (beautiful.bizarre Issue 001 cover artist) ☆
Tom BagshawHikari ShimodaRedd Walitzki (Issue 004 featured artist) ☆ Yosuke Ueno
Naoto Hattori (Issue 012 cover artist) ☆ Sonya Fu (Issue 011 featured artist) ☆ Lu Cong
R. LeveilleHannah YataHirabayashi TakahiroSarah DolbyCarlo CaneYusk ImaiNathan JamesMikael TakacsNicole BruckmanBenjamin GarciaAdrian Cox Adam MillerLauren MarxKatherine MelanconYasuyo FujibeStephanie InagakiKate ZambranoMario SoriaBeth Cavener

"These Are Not Droids" by Benjamin Garcia | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “These Are Not Droids” by Benjamin Garcia. Acrylic on stretched linen, 44.5″ x 33″

Press Release:

“There is more than meets the eye to every great work of art. Throughout history, artists have portrayed subjects that are alluring, beautiful, even cute, at first glance – the enigmatic smile of DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s mysterious starry night skies, and Takashi Murakami’s happy sunflowers, all share a deeper, if not darker, meaning below their surface. Hidden symbols and meanings are used to either captivate the viewer’s thoughts, or draw out the artist’s intended emotion. “Below the Surface” features 30 International contemporary artists who follow in this tradition of non-representational art to create a more interesting larger image. In other words, a common thread in their works is what lies below the surface of each.”

"What Lies Beneath" by R. Leveille | "What Lies Beneath by R. Leveille | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “What Lies Beneath” by R. Leveille. Oil and gold leaf on canvas, 30″ x 24″

"Arabesque 1" by Yasuyo Fujibe | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “Arabesque 1” by Yasuyo Fujibe. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 21″ x 21

"Life Sauce Descents" by Yosuke Ueno | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “Life Sauce Descents” by Yosuke Ueno. Acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 22″

"The Bone War" by Adam Miller | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “The Bone War” by Adam Miller. Oil on Canvas, 78″ x 96″

"Emd of Summer" by Tom Bagshaw | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “End of Summer” by Tom Bagshaw. One off digital painting on cotton rag stock,
mounted on board, embellished with acrylics, varnished, 11″ x 14″16″ x 19″ framed

"She Tried to Escape" by Michael Takacs | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “She Tried to Escape” by Michael Takacs. Acrylic on canvas, 23.5″ x 31″

"Unrequited (Reclining Hare)" - Side View by Beth Cavener | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “Unrequited (Reclining Hare)“, side view, by Beth Cavener. Resin infused refractory material, paint,
steel base, 14.5″ (H) x 15″ (W) x 43” (L)

"Hero of Dilemma" by Hikari Shimoda | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “Hero of Dilemma” by Hikari Shimoda. Mixed media (Acrylic, oil, stickers, medium, mounted on canvas),
9.5″ x 13″

"Take Control" by Yusk Imai | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “Take Control” by Yusk Imai. Mixed media on canvas, 39.4″ x 39.4″

"Suspended #19" by Chloe Early | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “Suspended #19” by Chloe Early. Oil on aluminum, 16″ x 16″

"Gunpowder Kiss" by Natalie Shau | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre (Above) “Gunpowder Kiss” by Natalie Shau. Giclee print on paper, 15.5″ x 23.5″

"Fool's Gold" by Luke Chueh | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.(Above) “Fools Gold” by Luke Chueh. Acrylic on wood panel, 18″ x 24″

"Catrina, Sol Amarillo" by Sylvia Ji | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “Catrina, Sol Amarillo” by Sylvia Ji. Acrylic on wood panel, 12″ x 12″

"King of Golden Eggs" by Mario Soria | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “King of Golden Eggs” by Mario Soria. Oil on wood, 8″ X 8″

"Peruke" by Lauren Marx | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “Peruke” by Lauren Marx. Mixed media on hot-pressed watercolor paper, 15″ x 17.5″

'Coming Up Roses" by Redd Walitzki | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) “Coming Up Roses” by Redd Walitzki. Oil over mixed media on laser cut panel, 18″ x 30″

(L-R) Caro Buermann and Jan Corey Helford | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) L-R: Caro Buermann (Curator) and Jan Corey Helford (Gallery Owner)

  (L-R) Artist Nathan James, Curator Caro, and Artist Carlos Ramos" | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) L-R: (L-R) Nathan James (Artist), Caro, and Carlos Ramos (Artist)

(L-R): Curator Caro, Performance Artist Roxanna Walitzki and Artist Red Walitzki | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) L-R: Caro, Roxanna Walitzki (Performance Artist), and Redd Walitzki (Artist)

Artist Stephanie Inagaki | Below the Surface @ Corey Helford Gallery, LA - via beautiful.bizarre(Above) Stephanie Inagaki (Artist)

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