Corey Helford Gallery launches into 2010 with “Youth Parade”, the highly-anticipated new body of work by New York-based artist Michael Mararian. Returning to the gallery for his second solo exhibition, Mararian will unveil one of the gallery’s most significant exhibitions to date. “Youth Parade” challenges audiences, in both concept and context, with its controversial imagery and dark subject matter.
Mararian is known for transforming traditionally cheerful images and concepts into frightening, yet humorous, narratives. Often focusing on children as the last bastion of innocence, his work explores the dark humor behind every-day social and psychological issues.
For “Youth Parade”, Mararian pushes new boundaries with his work, describing the exhibition as “a wry examination of the societal and familial pressures put on the children of today”. The artist skillfully captures a broad spectrum of childhood pressures from the media’s over exposure of violent imagery and the idolization of celebrities to the sexualization of childhood and the corporate branding of American youth. A turning point technically as well, the artist’s new body of work is larger and more photorealistic than before. Mararian also introduces the use of acrylic paint to his ink-on-paper works, juxtaposing vivid bursts of color against gunmetal grey tones.
Upstairs in the loft, Los Angeles artist Miso will unveil “The Cold Returns”, her new series of paintings and sculptures. The sheepies and misos that populate this exhibition have weathered the tundra and fjords of their individual phantasmagoria to open a new season, with the promise of a magical experience.
Open to the public, the reception for “Youth Parade” and “The Cold Returns” takes place on Saturday, January 16, and the show will be on view until February 6, 2010.
Michael Mararian is a graduate of the Art and Theater program at the University of Bridgeport as well as having studied briefly at the Arts Student’s League in New York City. His work has previously been shown at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, Galerie D’Art Yves Laroche in Montreal, McCaig-Welles Gallery in New York City and most recently at the Antonia Von Fraunberg Gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany. Originally from Andover, Massachusetts, Michael currently resides and practices his art in Buffalo, New York. He attributes his inspiration to his wife Elizabeth and their (now three) cats, 99, Mavis and Charlotte. For more information, please visit www.michaelmararian.com.
As a graduate with a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Miso’s work is presented through a variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and etchings. Her art is often stimulated by her interpretation of the known and her experimentation with the unknown. Fascinated with ecocatastrophe, biology and the science of evolution, Miso has sought to fabricate a world in which strange creatures, born of her making, exist and thrive among us. These homunculi are organic representations of the term that provides her name. Her work has been shown in Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, Nucleus Gallery in Los Angeles, Rivet Gallery in Ohio and abroad at Vanilla Gallery in Japan. Miso currently works and resides in Los Angeles, California, and creates fine art photography under her given name, Karen Hsiao. For more information, please visit www.artofmiso.com.
Located in the Culver City Art District, Corey Helford Gallery was established in April 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs). Passionate art collectors, the Helfords are producers on the art documentary The Treasures of Long Gone John and have partnered to open their first gallery. Corey Helford Gallery presents a wide range of artists, from members of the new fine art movement, such as Gary Baseman, Andrew Brandou, Coop, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, and award-winning photographer Chris Anthony, to early Modernist William S. Schwartz. Notable shows include “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. Corey Helford Gallery presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more information and an upcoming exhibition schedule, please visit coreyhelfordgallery.com.