Corey Helford Gallery is proud to present major exhibitions of new works by Dave Burke and Mia with guest artist Sarah Folkman in the loft. These three incredibly talented and diverse artistic voices from Los Angeles’ New Fine Art Movement intersect for a summer showcase of stunning new paintings and drawings. Open to the public, the reception takes place on Saturday, July 25, and the show will be on view until August 11, 2009.
Visual artist Dave Burke joins Corey Helford for his first show with the gallery entitled “Heavy Petting”. Burke’s vibrant acrylic-on-canvas works explode with pop-surrealist visuals and tongue-in-cheek humor. Giant-sized pets, adorable dominatrixes and young vampires populate his fantastical narratives of opposites and extremes.
“Riddles In The Dark” is Mia’s second exhibition with the gallery. Inspired by the classical myth of “Pandora’s Box”, her acrylic-on-panel paintings are a dazzling visual journey about loss, exploration and discovery. For the exhibition, Mia’s feminine dreamlike imagery and mystical symbolism adopt a darker palette to illustrate her most introspective work to date.
In the loft, guest artist Sarah Folkman unveils “Keep It Down”. Her new collection of paintings continues with nature-inspired themes of birds, moths and fish, while her narratives explore a more personal path than before.
Los Angeles based artist Dave Burke is a self-taught painter who is inspired by all things pop culture from bubble gum sticker art, Dr. Seuss and giant Japanese monsters to fetish fashion, big eyed Keanabilia, vintage toys, tikis and modern and hard edge design. His early roots in “lowbrow” garnered him covers for Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Rat Fink Comix in the mid 90’s as well as a two man exhibit with Roth in 1999. Dabblings in kitsch landed his work alongside Margaret Keane’s in The Laguna Art Museum’s “Keane and Keanabilia” exhibit, which showcased early and current works by “big eyed” art masters. Burke’s Tiki art has been published in books such as Taboo: The Art of Tiki and Tiki Art Now! And in 2008, he was part of Forest Lawn Museum’s prestigious “In Search of Tiki” exhibition. Burke has exhibited worldwide, and his creations have appeared in movies and on billboards. He has also collaborated with bands Skinny Puppy and Pigface, and in 2007, Burke created the 30th Anniversary “Fiend” logo for legendary horror punk band The Misfits. For more information about the artist, please visit monsterfetish.com.
Mia was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Otis College of Art and Design. Fascinated by story and character, Mia’s paintings are “personality portraits” that illustrate the spirits, inner demons, conflicting emotions and imagination of her subjects. In addition to Corey Helford Gallery, Mia has exhibited at CoproGallery in Los Angeles, Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle and several other galleries across the country. For more information about Mia, please visit art-by-mia.com.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sarah Folkman’s work is based on a fascination with nature and intense confusion with humanity’s place within it. She is a self-taught painter and musician who started her first band when she was eighteen and went on to work with musician George Sarah in the band THC. Folkman’s songs have been featured on television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as in motion pictures Curve and Cleopatra’s Husband. Folkman has shown exclusively with Corey Helford Gallery since its opening in 2006. For more information, please visit sarahfolkman.com.
Opening Reception Saturday, July 25, 2009 from 7‑10pm
On View July 25 – August 11, 2009
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
Open Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 6:00pm