This last Friday, the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California (MOAH) celebrated over twenty years of toy art with their retrospective exhibition, “The Art of Toys”. The exhibit is the first of its kind for the west coast, featuring some of the movement’s most memorable pieces by artists and their manufacturers. The first modern designer toys hit the market in the 1990s, with many of their creators originating in the Lowbrow, New Contemporary, and even graffiti scenes. Recognizing the potential for the collectibility of their characters, participating artists like Tim Biskup, Mark Ryden, Nathan Jurevicius, and even Hi-Fructose’s own Attaboy, began marketing their designs to collectors as limited editions.
This Saturday, CHG Circa will debut “Giants Among Us,” a group show that challenged artists to interpret the figure of the giant and how it plays out in folklore, contemporary culture and their own mythology.The group of mostly narrative painters each had their own unique interpretation of what a giant might look like. In John Brophy’s digital-looking painting, a triumphant character in a furry battle costume appears to be the giant compared to a small firefly resting on her finger. Korin Faught and Armando Marino also opt for subtle ways of approaching the theme. In Faught’s Impressionistic work, a larger-than-average human skull hints at a giant’s presence, while a dark shadow over a river makes us wonder what’s about to happen in Marino’s piece.
On March 23, Corey Helford Gallery and CHG Circa in Los Angeles will debut a group show with a large line-up of artists working with small dimensions. “Art Collector Starter Kit” features 12-by-12 inch paintings by 50 contemporary artists, prominent and emerging. Many among this diverse group have been featured in recent issues of our magazine, including Chloe Early (HF Vol. 26), Sage Vaughn (HF Vol. 26), Sylvia Ji (HF Vol. 16), Henrik Uldalen (HF Vol. 24), Esao Andrews (HF Vol. 22), Michael Page (HF Vol. 22), Natalia Fabia (HF Vol. 22), Luke Chueh (HF Vol. 24), Martin Wittfooth (HF Vol. 19) and many more. The show will offer a sampling of these artists’ distinct styles, served on bite-sized canvases. Take a look at our sneak preview of the show after the jump, images courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery.
On December 15, Corey Helford Gallery will debut the new group show “Crucifixion,” featuring many artists we’ve showcased in print and online. Ron English, Ray Caesar (Hi-Fructose Vol. 18), Tom Bagshaw, Natalia Fabia (Hi-Fructose Vol.22), Mark Dean Veca (Hi-Fructose Vol. 23), Amy Sol, Marco Mazzoni (Hi-Fructose Vol. 20), Michael Page (Hi-Fructose Vol. 19), Annie Owens (Hi-Fructose co-founder) and many others are among the stellar, diverse line-up in this dark and dynamic show. Based on the idea that many artists across history have referenced the crucifixion of Christ to examine their own cultures and reveal universal themes, the exhibition examines allegory as a way of transmitting cultural ideas. Take a look at our preview courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery after the jump.
This Saturday, Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City is to debut “Motion,” a group show centered around the idea of capturing a moving subject in a two-dimensional medium. The show’s huge and stellar line-up has created a buzz in the art world, with well-known pop surrealists like Ray Ceasar and Alex Gross in the mix alongside the street art-inspired works of Hush and the illustration-heavy forms of Amy Sol. Read more about this exhibition after the jump!
Following our visit to Joshua Liner’s booth, Hi-Fructose cut across the Scope Art Fair during this year’s Art Basel Miami festivities to check out the massive space put together by the folks over at Corey Helford Gallery. First time showers at the fair, Helford and crew went all out to make a strong first impression, featuring many of their top tier artists spread throughout one of the most spacious booths at this year’s Scope.