Corey Helford Gallery's Latest Show Tries to Attract New Art Collectors
Liz Ohanesian Orleans by Van Arno
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Since 2006, Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City has been at the center of worldwide pop surrealist explosion. Shag has shown here. So have Paul Frank and Tokidoki. Locals like Natalia Fabia and Luke Chueh made their mark, in part, thanks to their solo exhibitions at the gallery. On Saturday night, those artists and over 50 more graced the walls of Corey Helford and neighboring CHG Circa for the group show "Art Collector Starter Kit."
Some of the artists included in the show have been working with Corey Helford since the beginning. Others were more recent discoveries by co-founder Jan Corey Helford. The only thing most of the pieces had in common was size. With few exceptions, the contributions to "Art Collector Starter Kit" were a uniform 12" x 12". That's petite for this crop of artists, but the small pieces served a purpose. Gallery co-owner Bruce Helford explained that this was a chance to offer work from some of their hottest artists at a lower price point. "New collectors and people on a limited budget can begin their collection with an original," he explains.
Of course, the finds inside "Art Collector Starter Kit" don't come cheap. Most was priced at over $1000. While plopping down $4000 for a painting would seem unreasonable to many people, it's actually a pretty good deal for an original from Josh Agle, aka Shag. Not surprisingly, more than half of the show was sold before the opening night festivities.
Liz Ohanesian Panda by Luke Chueh
For the artists, the show posed a special challenge. Eric Joyner, who depicted "a robot loitering by a bakery" in Donut Trooper, typically works on 30" x 40" canvases. Many of the artists here had to scale down their work considerably. "You have to really get in there and it's hard," says artist Korin Fought, whose oil painting Conjoined, appeared in the show.