The Brothers Grimmʼs collection of dark folktales serves as inspiration for this unique group exhibition.
The tales, originally published in 1812, are a magical, scary, comedic and often violent journey, well reflecting the capricious and cruel times in which the Brothers Grimm lived. And, although the original tales underlie much of what we are familiar with today in childrenʼs literature and cinema (it can be argued that the entire history of the Disney company is of Grimmsʼ influence beginning with the companyʼs first animated feature film, ʻSnow White and the Seven Dwarfsʼ), the exhibit draws more from the original works than from the softened versions children are familiar with now.
Without sparing viewers from the dark originations of the tales, artists Cory Benhatzel and Steven Daily deftly interpret many of our most cherished stories from childhood. Each artist, in their own distinct style, have created hauntingly beautiful paintings that without words, communicate clearly the frightening consequences of disobeying your Stepmother, laying a cruel hand on a helpless creature, or simply walking off the dark forest path.
The exhibition also features a unique group show of work applied directly to the outside covers and bindings of Grimmʼs Fairy Tale books. Artists include Marisa Cody, Wendy Crabb, Paul DʼElia, WB Fontenot, Ashley Fontenot, Amber Johnson, Kim Kimbro, Thea Saks, Wiley Wallace and more.
Cory Louise Benhatzel aka "Cory Lou" earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art & Design. Cory's artistic love has always been painting and drawing, but has also tried her hand at tattooing, photography, experimental video and art gallery work. Cory finds inspiration through natural references in the forms of skulls, birds and flowers, which she carefully draws onto wooden boards. Then, through meticulous, thinly applied layers of acrylic paint, a glowing, almost three-dimensional quality is achieved. Coryʼs unique style emerges through the techniques of translucent watercolor and opaque acrylic painting. Coryʼs work has been shown extensively throughout the United States. This is her first show with Cella Gallery.
Steven Daily painted a ribbon of bows and a track of scars across North America during his formative years. It was during these years that his passion for art was sparked and began to flourish. After attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Steven took it upon himself to develop a style as individual to the world as he was. Graffiti played an enormous role in his learning, teaching him patience as well as color theory and composition. Some of the astonishing entities that have shared Stevenʼs dreams and nightmares include Disney, Lucas Arts, Sony, Dark Horse Comics, Slave Labor Graphics and HBO. Steven's paintings are emotionally evocative and his sizeable body of work has been shown in numerous galleries nationwide.
Join us at our Main Gallery location at 11135 Weddington St. #112, North Hollywood, CA 91601 for an Artist's Reception on Saturday, October 8th, 8-11pm. Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org .