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Shark Attack Tea Cups!

Nicole Gordon Low Tide
Low Tide By Nicole Gordon (Image Courtesy of the Corey Helford Gallery)

Disneyland’s Mad Tea Party attraction, commonly known as the Tea Cups, is not generally considered to be one of the park’s more terrifying rides. But…say there where menacing sharks lurking inside each brightly-painted, whirling cup — what then? Now that would be very scary!

Fortunately, that is not the case, and the provocative image you see above is not from an actual news source, but rather it is a surrealist painting by Chicago-based artist Nicole Gordon, entitled Low Tide. I quite like it. If you feel similarly, perhaps you would like to know that on Saturday, July 15th, 2017, the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles will host an opening reception for its exhibit of new works by Gordon, in her first solo exhibition with the gallery, entitled  Dehydrated Rainbow. Here’s a bit more information in case you maybe want to check it out.

Nicole Gordon’s paintings lean on the whimsical and somewhat grim, an expression of beauty met with the horrors of real world change and transformation. The artist describes her work as a combination of fantasy with darker truths: her use of bright colors and out of place objects create an imaginative view of reality. For Dehydrated Rainbow, Gordon selects amusement parks and rides (many of which are now abandoned), meshed with pop-culture iconography as her subjects.

The exhibition features 15 new oil paintings and a special, interactive installation inspired by the series. Populated with ghost-like children, these dramatic, vibrant landscapes draw from our innocent childhood experiences and something more sinister. Children are painted in black-and-white to suggest this world is a dreamscape, rather than reality. One element that repeats throughout is a Tea Cup, as you see in the painting above.

 Gordon explains, “The spinning tea cup ride is something so joyful and so innocent, but also so terrifying and sickening. I think it is something most people can relate to visually. The ride is often simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying, not unlike the experience of looking inwardly and relying on ourselves for a deeper understanding and connection with the world around us.” And of course, it ismuch worse if sharks are involved.

“In this new body of work,” she continues, “I explore the relationship of a young person set against a backdrop of common, pleasurable experience crossed with destructive events. These seemingly banal activities are set against imagery of destructive forces imposing fury against the quietude. These dreamscapes represent the thrilling and terrifying worlds that we can create within our own minds if given the chance to truly be alone.”

Dehydrated Rainbow By Nicole Gordon will be on exhibit from July 15th to August 12th, 2017, at Corey Helford Gallery, Located at 571 S. Anderson St. (Enter on Willow St), Los Angeles, CA 90033. The opening reception on Saturday, July 15th runs from 6:00 -11:00 PM, and it is open to the public.

Corey Helford Gallery Presents Between Worlds Group Show

Whisper By Carol Liu
Whisper By Carol Liu (All Photos By Gail)

In addition to its really amazing exhibit of bold new works by Ron English, LA’s Corey Helford Gallery is also hosting Between Worlds, a group exhibition curated by Caro that explores the fantasy of planets and lands yet to be explored.

A Possible World by Carlo Cane
A Possible World by Carlo Cane

The exhibition is a follow up to Dreamlands, where artists pushed the boundaries of the limitless landscape of our imaginations. Inspired by the spirit of NASA’s photographs of Pluto, Between Worlds features 30 international contemporary artists who share an otherworldly quality in their art. In a variety of media and styles, their works romanticize both their hope and despair for the future, and express a deep desire to reconnect with our home planet, which is threatened by pollution. Participating Artists include: Ana Bagayan, Carlo Cane, Carmel Seymour, Carol Liu, David Slone, Hannah Yata, Heiko Müller, Hikari Shimoda,Jennybird Alcantara, Jess Littlewood, Joe Hengst, Juan Travieso, Kazuki Takamatsu, Kazuhiro Hori, Meghan Howland, Naoto Hattori, Natalie Shau, Nathan James, Okuda, Sarah Dolby, Simone Legno, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Tom Bagshaw, Yasuaki Okamoto, Yoko d’Holbachie, Yosuke Ueno, Yoh Nagao,Yumiko Kayukawa and Yusk Imai.

Cow By Okuda
Cow By Okuda

This psychedelic, cubist Cow Head sculpture by multidisciplinary artist Okuda (Oscar San Miguel Erice) is one of my favorite pieces in the show!

Reflections of God By Okuda
Reflections of God

Okuda also contributed the painting above, which displays an array of easy-to-grasp, thematic symbolism.

Love is Not Light Years Away
Love is Not Light Years Away By Simone Legno

I also really love this vibrant-hued painting by Italian artist Simone Legno, creator of Tokidoki, the Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand that produces apparel, footwear, accessories and other products using art, iconic characters and the logo designed by Legno.

Here are some of our other favorite pieces from this fabulous show:

Dream Garden By Jennybird Alcantara
Dream Garden By Jennybird Alcantara

Dream Garden Detail
Dream Garden Detail

The Forgotten By Tom Bagshaw
The Forgotten By Tom Bagshaw

Distance By Kazuhiro Hori
Distance By Kazuhiro Hori

Mechanical Love By Natalie Shau
Mechanical Love By Natalie Shau

Ocean Planet By Natalie Shau
Ocean Planet By Natalie Shau

Hello By Kazuki Takamatsu
Hello By Kazuki Takamatsu

Solitary Child 1 By Hikari Shimoda
Solitary Child 1 By Hikari Shimoda

Let the TV Teach You By Nathan James
Let the TV Teach You By Nathan James

If you’re in or near the LA area, be sure to check this show out before it closes this coming weekend. The good news is that Corey Helford Gallery will be hosting a new exhibit by SHAG (one of our favorites) beginning on January 16th!

Between World’s Group Show will be on Exhibit only Through January 9th, 2016 at Corey Helford Gallery, Located at 571 South Anderson Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Get directions, and gallery hours, at This Link!

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Corey Helford Gallery Presents Ron English’s NeoNature Exhibit at New Space in Downtown LA!

Zelephant
Zelephant (All Photos By Gail)

While I was in LA for Christmas, I had the chance to not only have a VIP experience at the new Broad Museum (more about that in a future post) but also got to visit the nearby new location of the Corey Helford Gallery, which just re-opened in early December! Corey Helford’s new gallery is massive — seven times larger than the original space — and boasts three separate galleries, each of which can house individual artist and group exhibitions. The main gallery, where you will find Ron English’s incredible show, NeoNature: We Are The New They, takes up 4,500 square feet, offering total immersion for attendees. And considering the size of NeoNature’s paintings and sculptures that is saying something!

Installation View
Two Ton Sam with Installation View

Giraffasaurus
Giraffasaurus

NeoNature examines the art of evolution, the flaw that propels civilization, as the mutation of the ordinary stubbornly conjures new worlds. Ron English’s mutant creations — some a hybrid of nature and technology — are fascinating, thought provoking, and always very, very beautiful and awe-inspiring to behold.

Dinogrenade
Dinogrenade

Union Jack Tiger
Union Jack Tiger

We were lucky to have the entire gallery almost to ourselves on the afternoon of our visit, which made getting clear, people-free photos very easy! Yay!

Little Green Sprout

I couldn’t find the name of this little guy on the CHG website, so I am calling him Little Green Sprout.

Mousemask Murphy in Airplane
Mousemask Murphy in Airplane

All of the large sculptures are available to purchase in limited editions of 30 pieces per work.

StarSkull Walking Stick
StarSkull Walking Stick

There are two of the StarSkull Walking Stick sculptures in the gallery, which stand like silent sentries on either side of the room, and they are very imposing in size!

Flintstones Origin Story
Flintstones Origin Story

Cathy Cowgirl Pink
Cathy Cowgirl – Pink

Fat Tony
Fat Tony

Monarch Ship
Monarch Ship

Bigfoot Family
Bigfoot Family Tableau

The exhibit also includes two tableau installations, which are a bit hidden behind a wall. Fortunately, a very friendly member of the gallery staff tipped us off!

European Camo Doe and Stag
European Camo Doe and Stag Tableau

Ron English Shot Glass

He also gave us a couple of these cool shot glasses, which were left over from the exhibit’s opening reception. Sweet!

Ron English’s NeoNature: We Are The New They will be on Exhibit only Through January 9th, 2016 at Corey Helford Gallery, Located at 571 South Anderson Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Get directions, and gallery hours, at This Link!