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Corey Helford Gallery's 5th Anniversary Show, Culver City

by Suzanne on July 5th, 2011

One Day I Made A Great Find by Kazuki Takamatsu, acrylic, acrylic gouache, giclee on tarpaulin - click to enlarge

Not much to say about this one other than:

Yes, there are a few sweet gems in this show (Kazuki Takamatsu, Korin Faught, Van Arno, Ray Caesar, Tom Bagshaw, Billy Norrby, and maybe a few others) but I will honestly never understand why already successful galleries can't see that trying to gain an ever bigger audience by adding random overhyped and undertalented street "artists" (oh, smart move, I see you went for the save-cause-inoffensive Brit quartet D*Face/Eine/Pure Evil/Hush) is not in ANY WAY a curatorial achievement, but, let's be frank here, a wee bit embarrassing.

From the statement:

The common thread between these artists is that they are living contemporary artists whose work is hot and populist, rejecting the elitism that created the cold, sterile art and unapproachable galleries that dominated the late twentieth century. This is your art and these are your artists.

Okay, I am relieved to hear they're not the undead and kudos for being so brave as to call your artists "populist" - that takes guts as it's not very flattering and I wonder whether they'd all agree. From a curatorial point of view, however, the street "art" in your group show - which is all far from being STREET art and that's the point! - does mainly one thing to the rest of the featured artists: It devalues their artistic efforts.

And Luke Chueh? I'm not even starting this discussion.

Also, it's actually called "tarpaulin", thanks. These things matter. Being a gallery, this is your field of expertise.

Yes, I could go on.

Happy 5th birthday, Corey Helford - from your elitist friends across the pond (who are really just art historically aware art lovers).

Details below.

Untitled by Korin Faught, oil on panel - click to enlarge

On show: July 1 - 13, 2011

Address: Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232, USA, tel: 310-287-2340

Hours: Tue - Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Featuring: Basically everyone. Plus so-called "street art". In a gallery context. Ha, the irony!

Preview show

The Hi Fructose Group Invitational at Roq La Rue, Seattle

by Suzanne on March 5th, 2011

The Lesson by Aron Wiesenfeld, charcoal on paper, 2007 - click to enlarge

Roq La Rue and Hi Fructose Magazine have just announced an incredible line-up for their Hi Fructose Group Invitational which will be opening this coming Friday.

Participating are many artists that have been featured on Wurzeltod® over and over again in the past, including: Aron Wiesenfeld (above), Eric Fortune, Femke Hiemstra, Harma Heikens, Jeremy Geddes, Kazuki Takamatsu (below), Martin Wittfooth, Michael Page and Nicola Verlato - just to mention a few.

Roq won't post images of the show online until the opening day, so please do check back then or get in touch with the gallery to be placed on their preview list.

Prepare For The Unknown Future Enemy by Kazukita Kamatsu, mixed media, acrylic on canvas, 2008 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Friday, March 11, 6 - 9 PM

On show: Mar 11 - Apr 2, 2011

Address: Roq La Rue, 2312 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA, tel: (206) 374-8977 | Map

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 1 - 6 PM

Press release