On Saturday, December 17, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “Gilded Roses” by Los Angeles artist Sylvia Ji. Ji is internationally recognized for her highly-collected works that capture beauty in its rarest forms, and her fourth solo exhibition with the gallery will be her most elegant to date.
A study of “the ornamented being”, Ji embodies this beauty as a rose in her new collection, “Gilded Roses.” For the exhibition, Ji will unveil twelve new paintings inspired by western European costume designs and modern couture. Ji explains, “As a child I would revel in and devour all things related to historical costume; it is a passion of mine. Bygone eras of corsets, crinolines, explosions of lace, feathers, silks, satins, glinting jewels—all gilded to a state of heightened beauty and sartorial elegance.”
Each piece created for the exhibition is “a unique exploration into my fascination with the past and what we wore” Ji notes about the intricate patterns, fine textures, and historical silhouettes that define her subjects. Her signature red palette is highlighted by an assortment of jewel tones: deep crimsons, seductive purples and crisp emeralds with extensive use of gold leaf to accentuate each piece. Capturing the essence of the show is “Regina,” Ji’s Elizabethan style portrait of “a gilded rose heavily ornamented, but behind the veneer there is strength and power.”
The reception for “Gilded Roses” is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, December 17 from 7 to 10pm. The exhibition will be on view until January 14, 2012.
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.
Corey Helford Gallery
Located in the Culver City Art District, Corey Helford Gallery was 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). Corey Helford Gallery exhibits a diverse collection of Contemporary artists influenced by today’s pop culture, encompassing the genres of New Figurative, Pop Surreal, Graffiti and Street Art. Artists include Josh Agle (Shag), Ray Caesar, D*Face, Chloe Early, Ron English, Natalia Fabia, Kukula, Lola, The London Police, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Michael Mararian, Brandi Milne, Buff Monster, Risk, Amy Sol, Martin Wittfooth, and Nick Walker. Renowned for its notable exhibitions, the gallery has presented “Charity By Numbers,” which was co-curated by Gary Baseman and featured an unprecedented lineup of artists including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Shepard Fairey, Todd and Kathy Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, and Michael Hussar, as well as “La Noche de la Fusion,” an epic Carnivalesque festival and solo exhibition for Pervasive artist Gary Baseman. In 2010, Corey Helford Gallery partnered with Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery for the transatlantic collaboration “Art From The New World,” a world-class United Kingdom museum exhibition showcasing work by a formidable group of 49 of the finest emerging and noted American artists. Corey Helford Gallery presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more information and an upcoming exhibition schedule, please visit coreyhelfordgallery.com.