“Zero To Sixty” marks the fifth anniversary of Corey Helford Gallery opening its doors in Culver City, California, and on Friday, July 1 the gallery will salute the occasion with its most exciting group exhibition of the year.
For the momentous event, more than fifty artists from around the globe were invited to create a special piece for the anniversary show. The exhibition will include new works by celebrated artists who have shown with the gallery since its inception: Natalia Fabia, Sylvia Ji, Buff Monster, Kukula, Lola, Korin Faught, Brandi Milne, Eric Joyner, and David Stoupakis.
“‘Zero to Sixty’ is a show of what’s best at Corey Helford Gallery and what’s to come — new works from the artists who’ve shown with the gallery from the beginning and a host of works from artists we just love, like Joe Sorren, Todd Schorr, Greg Simkins, Kent Williams, Nick Walker, Sas and Colin Christian, and also some artists who have never shown with us before, like MEGGS and Kazuki Takamatsu,” explains gallery owners Jan and Bruce Helford.
Participating artists include:
Jason Shawn Alexander
Josh Agle (Shag)
Stella Im Hultberg
Simone Legno (tokidoki)
Word to Mother
Described as a paint-by-number on steroids, one of the show highlights will be a 53” x 40” painting created by San Francisco artist Eric Joyner. Internationally recognized for his paintings of robots and donuts, Joyner created the piece using digital technology to expand an original paint-by-number onto a giant giclee canvas.
For the opening night reception, over half of the artists will be in attendance to discuss their works and celebrate with guests, and the gallery will unveil an innovative surprise during the evening where guests will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive installation. Jan and Bruce Helford note, “We try to make every show a special event, so the bar is raised pretty high for this one.”
Since opening its doors in Culver City’s Arts District in 2006, Corey Helford Gallery has emerged as a powerhouse in Los Angeles’ art scene with its standout exhibitions that have gained worldwide fame.
Corey Helford’s first major group exhibition debuted in 2007 with “Charity By Numbers.” Featuring an unparalleled line-up of works by more than 65 artists of the New Fine Art Movement, the group show attracted thousands of guests for the benefit exhibition and auction. Jan and Bruce Helford add “It made us realize the power and momentum of this art movement.”
Chris Anthony’s 2007 photographic exhibition “Victims & Avengers” opened with a private musical recital by Zooey Deschanel who charmed guests with her delightful singing and ukulele performance.
The “Chou-achella” of contemporary art, Gary Baseman’s “La Noche De La Fusion” festival/exhibition extravaganza dazzled audiences in 2009. Over 3,000 fans from around the world attended the absurdist art carnival, which included the premiere of Baseman’s character ChouChou, fire performers, Brazilian samba dancers and drummers, and “Metamorphosis,” a ritual finale to burn away fears and insecurities.
In 2010, Corey Helford unveiled its largest and grandest exhibition to date, “Art From The New World.” Curated by Jan Corey Helford, the trans-Atlantic collaboration with Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery drew over 60,000 visitors in only three months and established the American New Fine Art Movement in the UK and Europe. The opening night gala made UK history with Dita Von Teese’s titillating burlesque performance in an Edwardian-era British museum.
Most recently, Corey Helford invited UK street artist D*Face for his first Los Angeles solo exhibition in April 2011, entitled “Going Nowhere Fast.”
One of the many highlights of epic aPOPcalyptic sold-out show was the “Cheat Death” tombstone that D*Face strategically placed on Charlie Sheen’s Walk-of-Fame star in Hollywood.
The year ahead will showcase the addition of major solo exhibitions by Ron English and Ray Caesar to Corey Helford Gallery’s schedule, and the gallery has more special surprises planned for 2012. “Surprises. We really like surprises. When everyone is zigging, we like to zag,” the Helfords add.
Open to the public, the reception for “Zero To Sixty” will take place on Friday, July 1 from 7 to 10pm.