Corey Helford Gallery Presents
Opening Reception Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 7‑10pm
On View December 11 - December 31, 2010
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
Open Tuesday - Saturday, Noon to 6:00pm
On December 11, highly-collected Los Angeles artist Sylvia Ji returns to Corey Helford to unveil her third solo exhibition with the gallery entitled, “Shapeshifter”.
Sylvia Ji is internationally recognized for capturing beauty in its most exotic forms. For “Shapeshifter”, Ji continues to evolve her elegant style, combining her narratives with elements of Native American mythology, designs and motifs. Shapeshifting is a theme that appears in Native American folklore, where a being acquires the ability to alter its physical appearance - such as a human changing into a wolf. Depending on whether the being is the subject of a curse or spell, the transformation may be intentional or not.
Employing Carolyn Niethammer’s book Daughters of the Earth: The Lives and Legends of American Indian Women as her muse, Ji adopts a more organic narrative style, adding to her stunning portraiture of the past. Ji’s figures are graceful and flowing. Foregrounds and backgrounds merge, working together symbiotically and adding movement and pattern to her graceful subjects. Twelve large-scale paintings make up the collection of new works, which will introduce orange and blue hues to Ji’s red and gold leaf palette.
The reception for “Shapeshifter” is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, December 11 from 7 to 10pm. Opening night will feature a complimentary 8 x 10” mini giclee of one of Ji’s new exhibition pieces for the first 500 guests. The show will be on view until December 31, 2010.
About Sylvia Ji
Sylvia Ji was born in 1982, and raised in San Francisco, California, where she received her BFA at the Academy of Art University. Upon graduation, she relocated to Los Angeles in 2005 where she currently resides. Ji’s work encapsulates an alluring beauty that is both cutting edge and a nod to time-honored technique. Her paintings are symbolic reflections of herself, portraits of people she knows or nameless faces set in a landscape of fleeting and decaying beauty. Possessing an artistic voice as unique as the times we live in, Ji is at once contemplative, spiritual, enigmatic, and yet whimsically funny. Above all else, it is perhaps beauty that emerges as her defining characteristic, and her art reflects this: an extension of herself; a passionate appreciation of simple aesthetic pleasure fused with intimately complex subject matter. Ji’s work has been featured in numerous gallery exhibitions worldwide as well as Art Basel’s “Art Fair Now” and “Art From The New World” at Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery. She has been profiled in publications such as Juxtapoz, Trace, and Mesh Magazine, and her painting “Dona Dolorosa” graced the cover of the LA Weekly. For more information about Sylvia Ji, please visit sylviaji.com.