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"Below the Surface" Group Exhibition (2/20/16)

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Head Trauma, 2016 Oil On Canvas 36" X 36"
"Below the Surface" Group Exhibition (2/20/16)
Curated by: Caro

571 South Anderson Street
Los Angeles, California 90033
February 20th, 2016 - March 19th, 2016
Opening: February 20th, 2016 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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TAGS:  
pop surreal, New Contemporary, corey helford, corey helford gallery, chg, downtown los angeles, painting, figurative, modern, pop, surrealism

DESCRIPTION

On Saturday, February 20th, 2016, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles presents “Below the Surface”, a new group exhibition curated by Caro, exploring the power of art’s deeper meaning to entice and fascinate us. 

 

There is more than meets the eye to every great work of art. Throughout history, artists have portrayed sub- jects that are alluring, beautiful, even cute, at first glance - the enigmatic smile of DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s mysterious starry night skies, and Takashi Murakami’s happy sunflowers, all share a deeper, if not darker, meaning below their surface. Hidden symbols and meanings are used to either captivate the viewer’s thoughts, or draw out the artist’s intended emotion. “Below the Surface” features 30 International contemporary artists who follow in this tradition of non-representational art to create a more interesting larger image. In other words, a common thread in their works is what lies below the surface of each. Swedish artist Mikael Takacs is one such artist whose mesmerizing paintings depict secret images, faces distorted underneath beautiful marbling effects. His acrylic on canvas titled “She Stole” portrays a slave woman marked with a fleur-de-lis, or a stylized lily, used as a decorative design or symbol for hundreds of years. In Mauritius, slaves were branded with a fleur-de-lis, when being punished for escaping or stealing food, here warped by the artist’s abstract expression of marbling.

Nagano, Japan based artist Hikari Shimoda also relies on detail and decoration to tell the story be- hind her images of cheerfully colored, starry-eyed characters. Her “Whereabouts of God” series de- picts young children wearing a sort of “Chernobyl necklace”, in reference to the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl that she compares to the recent Fukushima disaster. “I painted these scars as warnings about the future, while the twinkling stars around the scar represent my personal, happier wishes for our future,” she explains.

The roles of characters carry a variety of meaning in works by other artists like Brazil based Yusk Imai. Imai’s monochromatic visual collages of people and animals address the idea of an uncontrolla- ble world around us. His mixed media piece titled “Take Control” presents a dynamic image of a man and a bull struggling as they are meshed together. “The idea is that the final result never comes; in my opinion, we are never the beast or the man entirely,” he says, “Below the surface, we are forever stuck in this struggle, mixed state.”

The opening reception for “Below the Surface” will be hosted Saturday, February 20th, 2016, from 7-11pm at Corey Helford’s Gallery 2. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through March 19th, 2016. 

On Saturday, February 20th, 2016, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles presents “Below the Surface”, a new group exhibition curated by Caro, exploring the power of art’s deeper meaning to entice and fascinate us. 

 

 
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