On Saturday, September 17, 2022, Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) hosted an opening art party for three new exhibitions. “Friends in High Places” by Ben Frost opened in the Main Gallery. In Gallery 2, Kristen Liu-Wong’s “Hard Pressed,” as well as “Messy Desk in the Cloudy Wonderland” in Gallery 3 also debuted. You can view the exhibition through October 22, 2022. Remember to check with the gallery for up-to-date covid protocols and guidelines – (proof of vaccination and masks MAY be required once again).
Australian contemporary Pop Art painter Ben Frost is known for his kaleidoscopic Pop Art, mash-up paintings that take inspiration from areas as diverse as graffiti, collage, photo-realism and sign-writing, Frost’s instantly recognizable take on pop culture twists up every day iconography from the world’s biggest brands. Subverting meaning and messages from the mainstream media, the artist’s scything commentary on advertising, entertainment and politics is both confronting and controversial.
Liu-Wong’s work blends everyday occurrences from her life with abstracted nightmares and crude humor. Trained as an illustrator, she tries to tell a story with every piece she makes, developing a personal and slightly sinister narrative within each painting. Using vibrant colors, heavy patterning, and tight compositions, the work draws inspiration from a variety of sources including but not limited to American folk art, the cartoons she watched as a kid, Shunga (Japanese term for erotic art), and her appreciation for architecture. She is always striving to make work that is highly personal but altered enough to allow individual interpretations to be applied to every story she paints.
The work of Hong Kong-based Jane Lee, aka Messy Desk, is full of joyful characters and animals, happy faces interwoven between buildings, rainbows, and even outer space. Her art is carefully crafted, stroke after stroke, and the result is high density landscapes with an explosion of color. Frantic as it might be at first glance, after close inspection, Messy Desk’s art is full of emotional stories, like charming little treasures hidden in plain sight, awaiting to be discovered.
On view: September 17, 2022 – October 22, 2022
What: New Exhibitions
Where: Corey Helford Gallery, 571 S. Anderson St. LA, 90033