When NASA published some new and sharp images of Pluto in the beginning of the year, a dreamland of puzzling patterns was revealed. It was a gift for human imagination. How life would be in Pluto or in other worlds is the inspiration for Corey Helford Gallery’s first group show in their new Los Angeles space, “Between Worlds” (full disclosure: the show is curated by our Online Editor, Caro). Opening tomorrow, the exhibition presents 30 international contemporary artists’ visions of the fantasy of planets and lands yet to be explored. Many artists, such as Hannah Yata and Tom Bagshaw, explore themes of beauty and hope for the future, while others express despair and pessimism for what’s to come.
Artists like Italy based Carlo Cane are frequently inspired by nature. Cane’s piece for this show portrays a mysterious tree that resembles green smoke with a lizard on top of it, the only life in this strange planet. Brazil based artist Yusk Imai painted a geisha with a leaking face, “as if she was splitting her existence between two worlds, trapped in the middle,” he explains. The different patterns in his piece evoke several dimensions from different planets. Natalie Shau’s digital painting “Ocean Planet” shows an otherworldly girl with an astronaut’s helmet holding a galaxy in her hands, resembling the planets that only appear in our dreams. Take a look at more images from the exhibit in our preview below.
“Between Worlds” opens at the new Corey Helford Gallery in Downtown LA on December 12th, alongside Ron English’s “Neo Nature”, and will be on view through January 9th, 2016.