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Our FINAL Pick of the Week takes place at thePOW-Dec17-2016-CHG-ScottMusgrove Corey Helford Gallery this Saturday, December 17, 2016!

See image: Scott Musgrove’s Walktopus sculpture (bronze, 5′ tall)

CHG has beenn favorite of mine and LAArtParty.com since we started in 2010….so its fitting that it should be our last official Pick of the Week!!! The Culver City location was always hoppin’ and now the much larger space downtown has tripled the art party fun. Enjoy three exhibitions this Saturday.

Here is some info from the gallery:

On Saturday, December 17th, Corey Helford Gallery is proud to present their final group exhibition of 2016, “Beneath The New Waves: An Exploration of Underwater Reality and Surreality,” in Gallery 1.
 
In the main gallery, CHG’s final group exhibition of the year examines the life aquatic. Whether it’s the weightless beauty of motion underwater or the refraction of images just below the surface, artists have been forever intrigued by life beneath the waves.
 
“BPOW-Dec17-2016-CHG-The London Policeeneath The New Waves” is a group show of over 25 of the top New Contemporary artists, rendering their visions of reality and surreality under the sea in new works created specifically for this incredible exhibition.

See image: Lara Dann “Tamatori” (acrylic and oil on wood, 18″ x 24″)

Participating artists include:
Camille Rose Garcia, Eric Joyner, Jacky Tsai, Ian Francis, The London Police, Haroshi, Adrian Cox, Andrew Brandou, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Iva Troj, Lara Dann, Luke Chueh, Melissa Forman, Naoto Hattori, Nicole Gordon, Nataly (Kukula) Abramovitch, Rune Christensen, Scott Musgrove, Sergio Lopez, Stickymonger, Victor Castillo, Vincent Giarrano, Young Chun, Yuka Sakuma, Zoe Byland, Keun Young Park and more.
 
See image: The London Police, Mechanical Mermaid Swims Amongst A Sea Of Squilads, (spray paint, acrylic paint, paint pens and indelible ink on Brussels linen, 23.5″ x 47″)

Also opening…”Embodiment of Secrets” featuring the work of Mikael Takacs in Gallery 2 and Troy Brooks in Gallery 3.

in Gallery 2, CHG presents the first U.S. solo exhibition by Sweden-based artist Mikael Takacs titled “Embodiment of Secrets.”

Described as mind-bending and thoroughly mesmerizing, Takacs’ portraits capture the imagination with his unbelievable command of paint with marbling effects. Using droppers to distribute acrylic paint across a horizontal canvas, Takacs distorts his subjects’ faces by dragging the paint around with various tools like sticks and combs. To convey his extraordinary use of abstraction, Takacs says, “These intricate razor-sharp patterns swirl across the canvas as you look at it up close, which then takes the form of a portrait as you take a few steps back.”
 
SePOW-Dec17-2016-CHG-MikaelTakacse image: Mikael Takacs, I Tell People I Am Bisexual, So They Will Think I Am Cool (acrylic on canvas, 19.7″ X 19.7″)

For his stunning new series featuring 20 paintings, Takacs uses abstraction to manifest his subject’s innermost thoughts and desires not meant to be known by others. The viewer is given “just enough” to get an idea of what they are looking at, and then left half-way, encouraged to interpret the rest of the image themselves. Upon a closer look, one can make out an arrangement of feathers, spirals, and waves as they emerge from his signature palette of light and dark turquoise, ochre, and fuchsia.The results are a gorgeous example of a centuries-old method of creating art as modern portraiture and design.

Also in Gallery 3, CHG premieres a new solo exhibition titled “The B-Girls,” featuring works by Toronto-based artist, Troy Brooks.

POW-Dec17-2016-CHG-TroyBrooksKnown for his surrealistic portraits of elongated women and influenced by a mixture of classic Hollywood imagery and ancient mythology, the glamorous women that Brooks paints are eerily seductive and intensely emotional.
 
See image: Troy Brooks, Magnus-Furorem (oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″)

In early 2016, Brooks explored the theme of Veiled Hearts, a study of veils as a metaphor and what might lay beneath them. After finishing Volume 1, he began work on Volume 2 but feeling the need to listen closer to the voices of his muse and the girls who feature in his paintings, Brooks decided to take his initial theme and turn it on its head. He felt it was time to seek out the misfits, to bring his women out of the shadows and from behind the veil – the B-Sides to his Veiled Hearts series.

On view: December 17 – January 14, 2017

What: Opening reception
Where: Corey Helford, 571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St). LA, 90033
When: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Phone: (310) 287-2340
Website: http://www.coreyhelfordgallery.com