Opening Night: RISK, Nathan Ota and Sarah Folkman at Corey Helford Gallery

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RISK and Nathan Ota collaboration

The current exhibitions at Culver City’s Corey Helford Gallery and their offshoot gallery, CHG Circa, deal with the passionate feeling of artistic creation. RISK and Nathan Ota’s collaborative show, “Innocence Lost” at Corey Helford Gallery, is a look back at a time in the artists’ lives when they first fell in love with art-making. The works in the show are an ode to a whirlwind romance with spray cans and brushes; a time before the artists were Artists with a capital A. RISK and Ota began collaborating as young graffiti writers still in high school, and the exhibition is a testament to their shared past and distinct maturation as artists.

Sarah Folkman’s “The Burden of Adoration” is a tribute to a similar form of uninhibited passion. While Folkman’s series of paintings began as a cathartic reflection of the artist’s personal experiences with romantic love, through the creation of the body of work, she discovered that she requires a similar feeling of adoration for her paintings in order to see them through to completion. Take a look at some opening night photos from the February 15 openings of both shows. “Innocence Lost” and “The Burden of Adoration” are both on view through March 8.

Images courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery.

Nathan Ota (far left) and RISK (second from left) with Sherri Trahan: Corey Helford Gallery Director (second from right) and friend of the gallery and writer of the film “Se7en”, Andrew Kevin Walker (far right).

RISK and Nathan Ota collaboration

RISK and Nathan Ota collaboration

RISK signing a blackbook.

RISK and Nathan Ota collaboration.

RISK’s wife holding a custom Louis Vuitton X RISK handbag.

RISK with friends.

RISK and Nathan Ota collaboration

Sarah Folkman with her work.

Sarah Folkman with her work.

Luke Chueh and Soey Milk.


Sarah Folkman with her work.

Artist Sarah Folkman (center) with her daughter Lilith.

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