San Francisco based artist Eric Joyner will be presenting his newest body of work at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles this weekend. The show called “Sweet Dominion” marks Joyner’s fourth exhibition at the gallery and shows new subjects such as rain, transformers, cakes, anti-gravity, cats and migration. Born and raised in California, that was where Joyner discovered himself as an artist and where he was encouraged to explore his creativity, using themes that invite his viewers to visit the interplay between reality and imagination with a touch of humor.
Eric Joyner is an award winning illustator and painter who lives and works in San Francisco. He is best known for his “Robots and Donuts” series which has been ongoing for more than ten years. In 2008, Darkhorse Comics published a book of Eric’s work titled Robots and Donuts: The Art of Eric Joyner. Hi-Fructose got a chance to talk with Eric Joyner while he was in Los Angeles for his show titled “First World Problems,” currently showing at Corey Helford Gallery through September 7. Read our conversation after the jump.
While teddy bears and robots are both reminders of childhood naivete, painters Luke Chueh and Eric Joyner use these nostalgic figures to explore emotional dilemmas and existential crises. Both artists will be showing with Corey Helford Gallery on August 10, Joyner with his solo show “First World Problems” at Corey Helford and Chueh with “Random Acts of Sadness” at sister space CHG Circa. Joyner’s paintings for his new series are tongue-in-cheek; he takes us into an urban world populated by robots, slowly cluing us into their lore. Read more after the jump.
Corey Helford Gallery started off the new year with Eric Joyner’s ‘It’s a Jungle Out There’ (previewed here) last weekend. The show is an emotional journey for the artist, known for his robot subjects based on his real life collection, now venturing deep into Thailand. “I wanted to get away from everything after my parents divorced, so I chose Thailand. I got to experience riding elephants and hiking in the jungle,” Joyner told Hi-Fructose at the opening. The trip had a proud effect on Joyner, who returned to his studio in San Francisco and began painting his robots in not only a new environment, but with newfound strength. In “All Wrapped Up,” Joyner’s robot dominates over a huge jungle python. Characters such as Ultraman also make an appearance, seen battling a doughnut flying saucer.
The energy of the show is matched by PURE EVIL’s ‘Pure Evil Goes Pop!’, with Warhol-inspired work crying tears of paint onto the gallery floor. “It’s A Jungle Out There” by Eric Joyner exhibits at Corey Helford Gallery, January 21 – February 8, 2012.- Caro
Hi-Fructose recently paid a visit to the San Francisco studio space of painter Eric Joyner, most commonly known for his paintings populated with a roster of robots and delectable donuts. The latest body of work, ‘It’s a Jungle Out There,’ Joyner departs from the safe suburban confines of civilization, which he explored in 2010’s ‘Donut Logic,’ transporting his subjects to the wilds in a showing inspired by his recent visit to Thailand. ‘It’s a Jungle Out There’ will debut this coming weekend, Saturday, January 21st, at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. Get a look inside the artist’s personal jungle, here on Hi-Fructose.
San Francisco based artist, Eric Joyner, opens his latest solo show “Donut Logic” at Corey Helford later this weekend. Exploring the mutually exclusive themes of both robots and donuts, two of the more modern inventions that have captivated mankind since their inception, Joyner often times combines the two in subtle ways (see Capt. Kirk eating a donut on the television as a robot watches in Joyner’s “Mesmerized”.) Joyner sent us a comprehensive preview of his new show, many images of which haven’t been seen elsewhere, check them out after the jump!