Presents

Seven-Artist Show Featuring:

Andy Adamson, Helice Wen, kozyndan, Rodolfo Loaiza, Travis Lampe, Yang Cao and Zoé Byland


[L-R] “I Want to Break Free” by Rodolfo Loaiza, “Gnome Bomb” by Travis Lampe, “Liminal XXVII” by Yang Cao, and “Girl and Birds” by Zoé Byland
 
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ON VIEW
February 27 – April 3, 2021
 
COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm - 6pm
Visiting Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12pm - 6pm
(310) 287-2340

 
Downtown Los Angeles' Corey Helford Gallery is proud to announce their latest exhibition, featuring new series of works by seven incredible artists: Andy Adamson, Helice Wen, kozyndan, Rodolfo Loaiza, Travis Lampe, Yang Cao, and Zoé Byland. Premiering Saturday, February 27th in the Main Gallery, the show’s opening will be celebrated with a livestreaming event on Instagram Live (@CoreyHelfordGallery). More details to be announced.
 
Seven is called the number of completeness and CHG’s February show promises a complete view of the latest in New Contemporary art: Andy Adamson's ceramics bring his unique sense of humor to pop culture's favorite characters, Helice Wen's beautiful figurative paintings capture moments of fragility and intimacy rarely seen, kozyndan's delightful paintings on Japanese scrolls offer a fresh new take on ‘nihonga,' Rodolfo Loaiza's works take the taboos of reality and inject them into the idealized world of Disney, the topsy turvy world portrayed in Travis Lampe's paintings is a trip out of pandemia, Yang Cao takes us high above with new additions to his dreamy "Clouds" portraits, and Zoé Byland revisits the past in her haunting monochromatic portrayals that merge vintage with contemporary.
[L-R]: "Splash Mountain" by Andy Adamson, "On the Nature of Daydreaming No.3" by Helice Wen, and "Life Is Meant To Be Enjoyed" by kozyndan
 
 
About Andy Adamson’s new series Bad Jokes for Bad People:
Adamson creates satirical re-imaginings of pop-culture characters, sculpted in splendid ceramic material. He describes his work as "combining the highly refined aesthetics and technical mastery of the medium with the absurd, my sculptures depict vignettes that highlight the role of humor as a tool for communicating about art." Regarding Bad Jokes for Bad People, the artist shares: “If you explain jokes they are less funny, especially when they were bad jokes to begin with. This series of tasteful ceramic sculptures are playful depictions that the whole family are sure to enjoy! Since last year was so great and everyone had such a good time and nothing bad happened, I decided the best thing to do is keep this carefree party train a chuggin’ down the proverbial tracks of happiness and shove some more positivity and good vibes down everyone’s eye-holes with a roundup of satirical salves guaranteed to make you smirk.” 
 
About Helice Wen’s new series Daydream:
Wen uses figures and floral patterns to narrate the intimate, vulnerable, and sensibilities in everyday life. Regarding Daydream, the artist shares: “I had initially planned the series around how to balance between reality, feeling, and expectation. Then the pandemic hit, and the surreal feeling is more than I could have ever imagined. I often sink into deep emotion when thinking about how to create during this period. I feel that my imagination is more real than real life. I try to use different textures, shapes, patterns, and a variety of flowers to represent this feeling. In Daydream, I’m exploring real-life subjects by using fundamental graphic shapes and line work. The saturation of colors makes these elements feel as if they are exploding with emotion. Daydreaming is comforting to me; hope, passion, and the desire of life can guide me while in the real world – it's not always the best, but I’ve learned to enjoy it.”
 
About kozyndan’s new series The Weight of Snow:
The husband-and-wife multidisciplinary artist duo, kozyndan, work collaboratively to create obsessively detailed works of art. Regarding The Weight of Snow, the duo share: “This small body of work is our first tentative steps back into working on art together after the massive rearrangement of our reality that happened after moving from Los Angeles to the Japanese countryside just days before the first Pandemic lockdown began in 2020. We started small (as our world has become small) with simple observations of the changing of the seasons and the animals we see in our yard and around our town. The work also continues Kozy's interest in reconnecting with her culture, so she has created these paintings (based on Dan's drawings) using traditional Japanese paper and traditional Japanese pigment paint (nihonga), and we have chosen to present them in a traditional Japanese presentation, the hanging wall scroll (each one custom-crafted here in Yamanashi). The paintings are all ‘quiet.’ We wanted to do work that took us away from the noisy chaos we saw in the news every day and reminded us again of the things that have always grounded us in our work and our life. Creating each painting was a form of meditation we used to melt stress, and hopefully, studying the paintings can also be meditative for a viewer.”
 
About Rodolfo Loaiza’s new series Fame & Horror:
A visual artist born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, Loaiza creates pieces that explore the manipulation of popular images and pop icons. Regarding Fame & Horror, the artist shares: “The fine line between celebrities' glamorous world and the disturbing world of horror sometimes can be too thin. Every day, the public's scrutiny, the press, and fans demand more details about celebrities and public figures' lives. It is becoming more usual and less surprising. Social media and the viral-ization of their ‘tragedies’ generate a curious and frivolous addiction to contemporary pop culture. Not being a celebrity does not guarantee not experiencing a moment of exposure in the age of social media. This is a horrific scenario that, in the 21st century, no one is exempt from experiencing. This series of five oil paintings and five acrylic paintings travel both worlds, reflect them, confronts them, and feeds them back. It is presented in an idyllic and disturbing fairy tale setting of fame and horror.”
 
About Travis Lampe’s new series Waveringly Dumb:
Regarding Waveringly Dumb, the artist shares: “Last year was a real stink fest, guys. There. I said it. But can one let a bad year stop the production of dumb stuff? Can one simply cower in one's basement and cry? Yes. A lot, frankly. Then, after all the crying, one can get up, grab some brushes and start kind of flailing around with them, which will hopefully result in a couple of pieces. Because here's the thing: they do not paint themselves. Someone must do it. The paintings give a lil' peek at the inner workings of my mind during these challenging times.”
 
About Yang Cao’s new series Liminal:
Cao, the Toronto based figurative painter, uses subtle yet elegant render, combining various subjects in his paintings to create narratives with a surreal mood, a window to the inner mind, a state between real and unreal. Regarding Liminal, the artist shares: “From the beginning of my creative career, I have expressed an intense and insightful fascination with the expansive array of human emotions and sensations, which I perceive as connecting all persons notwithstanding their differences. The artistic exploration of these residues of emotion permits me to draw the audience into my creative expression. In my Liminal series, I combine clouds with figures to express the unpredictability of human nature. It is shapeless and changes all the time; it follows the wind and never stays in one form and place. Somehow, I find, this theme resembles all of us.”
 
About Zoé Byland’s new series Unspoken:
Byland, the Zurich based painter, incorporates vintage photography, film noir, graphic novels, superheroes, and tattoos into works that combine the traditional and the contemporary, the classical and the subcultural. Regarding Unspoken, the artist shares: “My characters never fully reveal their identity; they retain a degree of secrecy, protect themselves, are simultaneously visible and vulnerable. The viewer's imagination has room to think up their narrative ideas and meanings. Just like a good story, for me, a good painting needs an atmosphere that draws you in and defines the genre in which the narrative is taking place. Last year was extraordinary for everyone, globally and individually; we all had to deal with new challenges and experiences, which we often lacked the words to talk about. For this situation, a new vocabulary must be found, one that tries to establish an emotional connection when physical closeness is not possible, one that creates a new understanding for one another. With pictures, it is possible in a direct way to speak non-verbally to other people's hearts and share feelings. The fewer words we have, the more we start feeling again.”
 
CHG’s seven-artist show opens (virtually) on Saturday, February 27th in the Main Gallery, alongside a solo show from Luke Chueh, entitled Intensive Purposes, in Gallery 2. Corey Helford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033, and normal hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
 
Please note: The gallery has resumed partial visiting hours (Thursday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm). In accordance with LA County Public Health restrictions, maximum occupancy is restricted to 12 people at a time, mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory. In accordance with CDC guidelines, guest temperatures will be checked using an infrared scanner upon entry.
 
 
About Andy Adamson:
Ceramic sculptor Andy Adamson has always considered himself a bit of an outsider and a jokester. Hailing from Springfield, Missouri, Adamson credits his upbringing as having a lasting impression on his satirical ceramic work. Upon graduation with his master’s degree in Ceramics from Georgia State University in 2019, large scale contemporary art galleries began to take notice of his original take on low-brow contemporary ceramics. He is currently represented by Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles.
 
About Helice Wen:
Helice Wen was born in Shenzhen, China, where her interest in art began at the age of 5 when she first started copying children's book illustrations. After graduating from the Academy of Art University San Francisco in 2009, she began working as a children's book illustrator. After leaving her illustration job a few years ago, Wen is now focused on creating gallery works. She has exhibited in New York, Florida, Melbourne, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Through her work, Helice uses figures and floral patterns to narrate the intimate, vulnerable, and sensibilities in everyday life. She currently resides in San Francisco, working as a full-time artist.
 
About kozyndan:
kozyndan are husband-and-wife multidisciplinary artists who work collaboratively to create obsessively detailed works of art. They work in drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. Their works often revolve around nature and our disconnection/need for reconnection with the natural world. Their work has been exhibited worldwide in museums from Los Angeles to Newcastle, UK, to Kiev, and galleries in Australia, Japan, Canada, Spain, the UK, Los Angeles, NYC, and more. Their commercial work includes everything from album covers (Weezer, Daedelus, Usher, Flying Lotus, etc) to clothing lines (collaboration with PUMA) to interactive animation (Sony Playstation). kozyndan are obsessed with the ocean and being underwater and hope to someday come to rest at the bottom of the sea and slowly be devoured by deep creatures over many years.
 
About José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros:
José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros is a visual artist born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Starting his career in 1998 as a self-taught artist, his first solo show was in 2001, and since then, he has been getting steady work. His formal education in art began in 2002 when he began attending various workshops. Ontiveros has a degree in Graphic Design from the University ITESUS. He has taken courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture at Centro Municipal de Artes de Sinaloa (CMA).
 
Ontiveros has been honored with multiple awards and recognitions, including the Prize of painting "Antonio López Sáenz" and " Salón de Pequeño Formato " in Mexico, as well as several Honorable Mentions awards. His work has appeared in prestigious magazines, newspapers, and TV Shows, including Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi-Fructose, Vogue Italy, LA Weekly, El Mundo Spain, El Universal Mexico, Univision, Telemundo, Huffington Post, Antena 3 Spain, Le Monde, People magazine, Cosmopolitan, and more. The concept of his work focuses on the manipulation of popular images and pop icons, with influences of Pop Art, and Lowbrow Art.
 
About Travis Lampe:
Artist Travis Lampe grew up in a small town in Kansas. After earning a degree in Graphic Design, he took a job in advertising as an art director in Chicago. While making ads for breakfast cereals and well-known purveyors of inexpensive furniture over a period of several years, he secretly began developing his own personal illustration style, which he describes as "a mish-mosh of those old-timey influences with some Duccio-inspired mountains and the inevitable light-switch nose," consistently inspired by the likes of Steamboat Willie, Betty Boop, and Dr. Seuss. Lampe's work has been exhibited internationally, including across the United States, as well as London, Italy, and Berlin. He currently lives and works in Chicago.
 
About Yang Cao:
Toronto based artist Yang Cao has been focusing on oil painting since 2005. His interest in figurative painting stems from the fascination of the human mind and emotion. Using subtle yet elegant render, Yang combines various subjects in his paintings to create narratives with a surreal mood, a window to the inner mind, a state between real and unreal. Yang was three times recipient of Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. He was nominated for the Chubb Fellow at the New York Academy of Art after completing the MFA program. His works were curated and featured in many articles in Brazil, Turkey, the United States, Canada, and notably "HURT" (2018) in Germany.
 
About Zoé Byland:
Zoé Byland is a painter based in Switzerland. She attended the F+F School for Art and Media Design Zurich and studied contextual painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Austria (class of Muntean/Rosenblum, Prof. Elke Krystufek, and Prof. Hans Scheirl.) She studied art history and taught at an art school in Vienna. She lives and works in Bern.
 
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 (The Conners, Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez) 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. 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. CHG is located in Downtown Los Angeles in a robust 12,000 square foot building presenting new exhibitions approximately every six weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
 
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