February 22

Rodolfo Loaiza, Travis Lampe, and Zoé Byland premiering Saturday, February 27th in Corey Helford Gallery’s Main Gallery as part of a 7-artist exhibition.

Rodolfo Loaiza, Travis Lampe, and Zoé Byland premiering Saturday, February 27th in Corey Helford Gallery’s Main Gallery as part of a 7-artist exhibition. The show’s opening will be celebrated with a live streaming event on Instagram Live (@CoreyHelfordGallery). More details to be announced.

About Rodolfo Loaiza’s new series Fame & Horror:

A visual artist born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, Loaiza creates pieces that explore the manipulation of popular images and pop icons. Regarding Fame & Horror, the artist shares: “The fine line between celebrities’ glamorous world and the disturbing world of horror sometimes can be too thin. Every day, the public’s scrutiny, the press, and fans demand more details about celebrities and public figures’ lives. It is becoming more usual and less surprising. Social media and the viral-ization of their ‘tragedies’ generate a curious and frivolous addiction to contemporary pop culture. Not being a celebrity does not guarantee not experiencing a moment of exposure in the age of social media. This is a horrific scenario that, in the 21st century, no one is exempt from experiencing. This series of five oil paintings and five acrylic paintings travel both worlds, reflect them, confronts them, and feeds them back. It is presented in an idyllic and disturbing fairy tale setting of fame and horror.”

[L-R]: “I Want to Break Free”, “Just Think of Happy Things and Your Heart Will Fly”, and “Princesses Factory” by Rodolfo Loaiza

About Travis Lampe’s new series Waveringly Dumb:

Regarding Waveringly Dumb, the artist shares: “Last year was a real stink fest, guys. There. I said it.  But can one let a bad year stop the production of dumb stuff? Can one simply cower in one’s basement and cry? Yes. A lot, frankly. Then, after all the crying, one can get up, grab some brushes and start kind of flailing around with them, which will hopefully result in a couple of pieces. Because here’s the thing: they do not paint themselves. Someone must do it. The paintings give a lil’ peek at the inner workings of my mind during these challenging times.”

[L-R]: “Fatal Rainbow Sap Wound”, “Gnome Bomb”, and “Witch Brazier Buddy Summons” by Travis Lampe

About Zoé Byland’s new series Unspoken:

Byland, the Zurich based painter, incorporates vintage photography, film noir, graphic novels, superheroes, and tattoos into works that combine the traditional and the contemporary, the classical and the subcultural.Regarding Unspoken, the artist shares: “My characters never fully reveal their identity; they retain a degree of secrecy, protect themselves, are simultaneously visible and vulnerable. The viewer’s imagination has room to think up their narrative ideas and meanings. Just like a good story, for me, a good painting needs an atmosphere that draws you in and defines the genre in which the narrative is taking place. Last year was extraordinary for everyone, globally and individually; we all had to deal with new challenges and experiences, which we often lacked the words to talk about. For this situation, a new vocabulary must be found, one that tries to establish an emotional connection when physical closeness is not possible, one that creates a new understanding for one another. With pictures, it is possible in a direct way to speak non-verbally to other people’s hearts and share feelings. The fewer words we have, the more we start feeling again.”

[L-R]: “Girl and Birds”, “Girl and Burning Butterfly”, and “Ladies and Speechbubbles” by Zoe Byland

Please note: The gallery has resumed partial visiting hours (Thursday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm). In accordance with LA County Public Health restrictions, maximum occupancy is restricted to 12 people at a time, mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory. In accordance with CDC guidelines, guest temperatures will be checked using an infrared scanner upon entry.

CHG’s seven-artist show opens (virtually) on Saturday, February 27th in the Main Gallery, alongside a solo show from Luke Chueh, entitledIntensive Purposes (click here for sample of exhibit images and press release here), in Gallery 2. Corey Helford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033, and normal hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

We would like to thank Jacob Mask from ChummyPress for the press release.