London-based award-winning artist duo Kai & Sunny, entitled Future Seasons, opening this Saturday (5/14) at Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery and on view throughJune 18th
L-R: “Seasons Change” (acrylic painting on linen, 60.2″ x 44.5″)
“Downward Force – Fall” (ballpoint pen – original on 100% cotton somerset tub sized 420gsm, 56″ x 40.5″)
“Rise and Fall – Spring” (ballpoint pen – original on 100% cotton somerset tub sized 420gsm, 56″ x 40.5″)
work in progress “Dawn Wave”
By Kai & Sunny
“Sideward Force” (acrylic painting on linen (two panels joined together), 76” x 118”)
May 14, 2022 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
May 14 – June 18, 2022
COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Visiting Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) is proud to announce their next major solo show, entitledFuture Seasons, featuring new works from London-based award-winning artist duo Kai & Sunny.
Debuting on May 14th in Gallery 2, this new body of work from Kai & Sunny showcases their uniquely distinguishable compositions of acrylic paintings on linen canvas and archival ballpoint pen drawings on paper. The works are created by hand building thin intricate lines methodically upon each other. Featuring 17 original pieces, Future Seasons marks Kai & Sunny’s third solo at CHG (following 2020’s The Great Curve and 2019’s In The Drift) and is the duo’s most ambitious exhibition to date with the largest canvas measuring 79” x118”.
Regarding their upcoming show, Kai & Sunny share, “Future Seasons explores the changing seasons through the yearly cycle and how our connection to this creates dynamic mood shifts within us. The collection draws on our dependence with nature, for our health and happiness, in times of future uncertainty. The space, movement, and transference of color in the works create an atmosphere of how one feels when subjected to the force whilst surrounded by nature.” Adding, “The mesmerizing lines in each piece push and pull as if caught in a state of flux, creating infinite movement and naturalistic rhythm, appearing both serene and ominous at the same time. In areas of the paintings, the lines possess a tension twisting and distorting the form, whilst in other areas, the lines are free and flowing.”
L: “Moon Always Shining” (acrylic painting on linen, 47″ x 47″)
R: “Dawn Wave” (acrylic painting on linen, 32.7″ x 32.7″)
As part of the show and to accompany the works, the pair will undertake a large wall painting inside the gallery, which will also be on display. Plus, in conjunction with the exhibition, Kai & Sunny will be releasing two limited-edition silkscreen prints and two skateboard decks (in collaboration with Element Skateboards) ─ available to purchase at the gallery on opening night (5/14).
Kai & Sunny skate decks feat. artwork from “Sun Always Setting” and “Moon Always Shinning”
Future Seasons opens Saturday, May 14th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm in Gallery 2, alongside an international touring group exhibition, entitled I Don’t Wanna Be, I Am, in the Main Gallery. Curated by Ink and Movement(IAM), I Don’t Wanna Be, I Am explores the concept of identity by bringing together a selection of artworks byOkuda San Miguel, Elian Chali, Franco Fasoli, Martí Sawe, Misterpiro, Nano4814, Sabek, Sixe Paredes, and Spok Brillor. Masks continue to be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, until further notice.
About Kai & Sunny:
UK-based artist duo Kai & Sunny (born 1975 and 1977, respectively) both graduated from the Epsom School of Art in Surrey, United Kingdom with degrees in Art and Design. The pair have won numerous accolades (including a D&AD Design Award in 2012 and a LIA award in 2015) and have collaborated with the likes of author David Mitchell, designer Alexander McQueen, and artist Shepard Fairey. Works by Kai & Sunny have been exhibited internationally (including at institutions such as Haunch of Venison), included in the Victoria & Albert Museum Print Archive Collection, and has been acquired by Tiffany and Co. for their collection.
In conjunction with their In The Drift exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery (September 2019), the pair collaborated with Element Skateboards on a set of new skate decks, plus they painted two murals while visiting Southern California for their show. The first mural was painted just before the opening of their CHG show at Element Skateboards HQ in Huntington Beach (click here to view)and the second larger mural was painted just after the opening at The Berrics (click here to view), the world famous skatepark based in downtown Los Angeles and owned by Steve Berra and Eric Koston. The artwork depicted on both the skate decks and murals was also featured in their show at CHG.
Additionally, their work has been profiled by Juxtapoz,Hypebeast, Slate, VICE, and Hi-Fructose, among others.Sample of praise here:
“The idea that such sophisticated and detailed pieces are executed by hand is mind-blowing.”
– Shepard Fairey
“Kai and Sunny’s abstract and mind-bending lineworks…continue to be at the forefront of wonderful op-art based paintings.”
“The highly acclaimed, award-winning art duo Kai and Sunny have risen to notoriety over the past few years thanks to their beautiful and highly-detailed nature-inspired images.”
“Simultaneously balancing the serene with the violent, the result is dynamic and a well-executed display of visual grammar.”
– Visual Art Source
“Kai and Sunny [make] mesmerizing artworks using [a] staple of office supply cabinets everywhere: the lowly ballpoint pen.”
About Corey Helford Gallery:
Established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer/creator Bruce Helford (The Conners, Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, and George Lopez), Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goal as an institution is supporting the growth of artists, from the young and emerging, to the well-known and internationally established. CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti, and Street Art. Located in downtown Los Angeles at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033, in a robust 12,000 square foot building, CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every six weeks. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, with visiting hours being Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. For available prints from CHG, visit CHGPrints.com.
We would like to thank Aaron Feterl, Chummy Press for the artist profile and press release.