On Saturday, January 13th, Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) is proud to present their first group exhibition of 2018 with “East/West” in Gallery 2, showcasing CHG’s Asian New Contemporary artists brought together with Western artists.
We are currently witnessing a rise and international popularity of Asian contemporary art in today’s art world. In a single year at CHG, the gallery has proudly featured over 60 artists originally hailing from Asia: Japan, China, Korea and Thailand, just to name a few. Through their exhibitions, their work and that of modern art has been defined by a series of overlapping engagements. CHG’s Special Projects Curator Caro Buermann is calling this convergence of style “East/West”.
Caro shares, “Having worked remotely in Asia for many years, this is an exhibition that I have wanted to curate since I joined Corey Helford in 2016. Hikari Shimoda was the first artist I presented to the gallery, which has since gone on to feature several exceptional talents I’ve come across on my trips. When I invited the artists to exhibit in “East/West”, I left the theme loose as I wanted to pull from what naturally inspires them and see how they interpret the idea of ‘culture’. What we got is romantic, fun, wacky, eccentric; a unique celebration of Asian culture and beauty from various perspectives. It’s the perfect compliment to our new exhibition by Hikari and Australian artist Pip & Pop’s colorful “kawaii” installation with its elements from all corners of the globe.”
In addition to highlighting emerging Asian artists,”East/West” also brings together artists from Western countries. Much of Western art has been influenced by the East, to the point where the closer you look, the more blurred the distinctions become. In spite of artists having different and sometimes opposing ideologies, “East/West” aims to present a new, singular movement in New Contemporary art and Pop Surrealism. The work created for this exhibition is inspired by a variety of sources; the artists kept in mind their cultural roots and traditions as well as the influences of pop sub-cultures including street art, graffiti, cute characters, comics, fashion, film and animation.
“East/West” features all new works by: Aaron Li-Hill, Akika Kurata, Akiko Ijichi, Alex Gross, Bao Pham, Chie Yoshii, Christine Wu, Dima Drjuchin, Dominique Fung, Eric Joyner, Erika Sanada, Gosia, HUSH, Happy D, Haroshi, Hieu, Hikari Shimoda, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Hueman, Jana Brike, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Kaori Ogawa, Kazuki Takamatsu, Keun Young Park, Kristen Liu-Wong, Lauren YS, Lu Cong, Luke Chueh, Maika Kobayashi, Mandy Cao, Masao Kinoshita, Masao Kinoshita, Masao Kinoshita, Miho Hirano, Naoto Hattori, Natalia Fabia, Nicomi Nix Turner, Sarah Emerson, Sasha Ira, Simone Legno, Sylvia Ji, Tarntara Sudadung, Teiji Hayama, three, Yoko d’Holbachie, Yosuke Ueno, Young Chun, Yuka Sakuma and Yumiko Kayukawa
The opening reception for “East/West” will be hosted Saturday, January 13th, 2018 from 7-11pm in the gallery 2 space at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and the exhibitions are on view through February 17th, 2018.
About Caro, CHG Special Projects Curator
Caro Buermann is a Los Angeles based art curator and writer, specializing in Japanese New Contemporary art. As a curator of Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, Caro helps define the gallery’s growing program of artists and has curated numerous notable exhibitions. She is currently organizing a major mid-career survey of Hikari Shimoda for the Asahi Museum of Art in Japan, scheduled to open in 2018. Her writing is regularly published in the New Contemporary art magazine Hi-Fructose.
About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.
CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.
After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com
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