AMERICAN CULTURE BY JIM SHAW

by Ariadna Zierold

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The practice of Los Angeles based artist Jim Shaw spans a wide range of both artistic media and visual imagery. Since the 1970s, Shaw has mined the detritus of American culture, finding inspiration for his artworks in comic books, pulp novels, rock albums, protest posters, thrift store paintings and advertisements.

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Providing a blend of the personal, the commonplace and the uncanny, Shaw’s works frequently place in dialogue images of friends, family members, world events, pop culture and alternate realities. Often unfolding in long-term, narrative cycles, the works contains systems of cross-references and repetitions, which rework similar symbols and motifs, allowing a story-like thread to be perceived.

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DIGITAL IMAGE CONSTRUCTION BY FRANK SYNOWICZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Frank Synowicz is a multidisciplinary new media/digital artist and designer working with computer graphics, visual effects, video, animation, digital audio, virtual reality, and traditional painting and drawing.

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Currently at Pixomondo, Los Angeles, Synowicz brings together his fascination with technology, art, science, and film to solve creative puzzles and develop new techniques in the art of digital image construction.

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MEDIA FLOOD BY KAREN REYES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out the astonishing paintings and colored pencil works on paper by Monterrey, Mexico based artist Karen Reyes that seem to deal with society’s problems and the flood of media that distorts our daily perceptions of reality.

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With studies in industrial design and architecture, Karen began to see beyond the possibilities; she became interested in materials and colors, as well as in the management of forms and aspects which endow her illustrations with a strong and determined character.

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“I see in my drawings a reinterpretation of my obsessions and personal approach to do all the things I see.” Karen Reyes

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CHRIS LABROOY’S TALES OF AUTO ELASTICITY

by Ariadna Zierold

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UK graphic designer and artist Chris Labrooy riffs on custom car culture in his latest digital illustration series, “Tales of Auto Elasticity.” A follow-up to last year’s “Auto Aerobics”, in which Labrooy placed his bendy, sculptural low riders in a city park, “Tales of Auto Elasticity” shows pick-up trucks with yogic flexibility bending to extreme degrees in a rural parking lot.

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As the name suggests, the series of images depict a range of brightly colored vehicles distorted and manipulated to produce elastic compositions. The warped vehicles which are an assortment of trucks can be seen mangled together in what is meant to portray how tangible pieces in real life could fit into the realm of the digital world.

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“Citizen Kane” to be screened @ Hearst Castle

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As part of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, the iconic and famed Orson Welles masterpiece, Citizen Kane, will be shown at Hearst Castle, the former home of the media giant whom Welles based his character in Kane. The film will be screened on March 9 at the visitor center theater, “with the blessing of the late William Randolph Hearst’s family.” Really, there are many great reasons to visit Hearst Castle, but to see Citizen Kane? Sign us up.

http://slofilmfest.org/

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Saber: #OccupyFlag Video

Another great project from Los Angeles-graffiti artist and social activist, Saber. Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, Saber is participating by creating an art project revolving around the American flag. Here is his statement…

Its October 14, 2011, day 28 of #OccupyWallstreet. America is rocked. The world is watching, the media is manipulating, people are energized. Citizens have come together to express their frustration with corruption through this robust and peaceful protest movement.

Occupy Wall Street is the first real protest movement of my generation. Satellite movements have sprung up in every major city across the country including Los Angeles. Making art is the best way I know how to participate and what a better way then to create a huge American Flag that breaks up into 64 individual protest signs laid on the South East lawn of City Hall. The slogans written on each sign were grabbed from the related Twitter hash tag topics on #OccupyWallstreet #OccupyLA. With the frustrations of the 99% mounting, Pandora’s Box has been thrust open. Complacency is no longer an option…………

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Sarah Folkman

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Sarah Folkman
Fight to Flight
By j.frede

It’s fair to say that most humans on the planet have felt the effects of love at one point in their life. They’ve felt both the highs and lows, as love is a package deal that comes with the possibility of the beautiful feelings we naturally associate with love as well as the darker side: pain, loss and devastation, which are as fundamental to love as the beautiful feelings.

Sarah Folkman address’s the darker side of love in her new body of work, titled Experiments in Flight that is part of a three-person show, Flight and Fable, opening at Corey Helford Gallery on May 21st in Los Angeles.

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Noting the dissolution of her marriage as the catalyst for the paintings, the result is something of a journal of her journey from torment to destruction to rebirth finding herself on the other side of what anyone who has lived through it knows it’s something that seems like an impossible or impassable time.

The paintings deal with singular emotions and struggles of the subject. Experiments in Flight presents nude female figures lying vulnerable and in transition coupled with a variety of birds that both assist and loom, depending on the painting and likely depending on the struggles Folkman was experiencing while the work was being created, as the work was painted during the collapse of her personal life that the work addresses.

The torment which is seen in Static Propulsion as the figures seem to writhe in the struggle as many of us have done on sleepless nights in the throes of heartache. Arranged in seemingly propeller-shape, one can see the reference to flight as well as the dizzying spiral of descent.

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Transparency seems to find its way into many of the paintings, most apparently in Glider, with the wood grain of the painted surface showing through, leading us to question the fragility of love or perhaps the fading of tragedies that were once vibrant. The slight hint of blue veins can be seen in most of the women’s exposed skin, adding an additional element of transparency of both human nature and the fragility of humans, as well as their aforementioned love.

Folkman’s use of birds comes from the apparent references of freedom and departure and is strengthened by her strong love for birds, that she described as almost obsessive. This nicely balances out the heavier aspects of their portrayal as a means of escape in Lift Off and even as patient vultures acting as oppressors in Grounded.

This beautifully painted body of work takes us through various stages of the artist’s emotions and perceptions that are easily relatable and will surely force reflection of your own experiences with love.

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Flight and Fable
Sarah Folkman, Krista Huot and Isabel Samaras.

May 21st – June 8th
Opening Reception May 21st 7-10pm
Corey Helford Gallery 8522 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232 T: 310-287-2340

Press and Media Inquiries Angelique Groh | Charm School angelique@charmschoolcie.com
T: 323-363-9338
www.sarahfolkman.com
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com

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