Training Wheels: “Art Collector Starter Kit” at Corey Helford Gallery

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013

Colin Christian - Cookies and Cream

 

It’s a shrewd move really, and one I’m sure a lot of galleries will be emulating. Corey Helford Gallery asked their stable of top tier artists to create 12″ x 12″ pieces for “Art Collector Starter Kit” (which opened Saturday). This allowed the artists and gallery to set the prices within the realm of possibility for the working masses (providing at least $1,000 is within the realm of your discretionary budget). However, this also meant you needed the foresight to contact the gallery ahead of time, as more than half of the sixty some odd pieces were sold before the doors had even opened. You can see why. It’s not everyday that an original Ron English, Van Arno, or Colin Christian (see top photo), is offered at anything resembling a steal.

At the opening reception, I stood behind a pair of gallery patrons who were taking in a trilogy of paintings by Risk & Cooz. One of the men was very animated, and vehemently insisting that “These guys are totally ripping off Nathan Ota! The Circles! The boxes! They could get sued!” Yes, I could have interrupted to tell them that, in fact, Risk is Kelly Graval and Cooz is indeed Nathan Ota, but instead I just chuckled and walked away. I’m kind of a jerk that way. It’s only fair. I’m late to the party plenty. For instance, nobody told me about the work of Marie Vlasic before this show. I’m kicking myself now, having seen her sterling, erotic, photo-realistic Cupcake. Not to mention Red, which features a young tattooed girl with hands clasped (in prayer?), giving off a rather unsettling vibe reminiscent of the infamous Blind Faith album cover or the Janis standing nude (both by Bob Seidemann).  Soey Milk provides another sensual morsel with Near Light. I have a weakness for artists who do classic figurative work in the post-modern era.

The show features fifty artists in all. It’s a grouping so large that one gallery couldn’t contain them, thus it spills over to the sister gallery CHG Circa, just two doors down. You’ll find an array of work from the likes of Germs, Joshua Petker, Ben Frost and Shag, all safe bets to start any art collection off with impressive bragging rights. Ubiquitous names such as Luke Chueh, Lola, and Eric Joyner are also represented. Since you’re reading CARTWHEEL, I can assume you’re an art lover, and somewhere in the back of your mind you probably long to be the next Herb & Dorothy.  Corey Helford Gallery has tapped into that desire and kicked open the doors for you with this show. The thing is, you have to hurry. You’re not alone, and these pieces are going fast!

“Art Collector Starter Kit” runs through April 10, 2013

Corey Helford Gallery (and CHG Circa)
8522 Washington Blvd
Culver City, 90232
310.287.2340
Open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6pm; or by appointment

Germs - Luchador Americano

Luchador Americano by Germs

 

Royalty II by Joshua Petker

Royalty II by Joshua Petker

 

The Favorite New Song by Shag

The Favorite New Song by Shag

 

Woes Martin - Fang & Fur

Fang & Fur by Woes Martin

 

Donut Trooper by Eric Joyner

Donut Trooper by Eric Joyner

 

Cupcake by Marie Vlasic

Cupcake by Marie Vlasic

 

Red by Marie Vlasic

Red by Marie Vlasic

 

Star Skull Grunge by Ron English

Star Skull Grunge by Ron English

 

Snow White Bat Static by Ben Frost

Snow White Bat Static by Ben Frost

 

Panda by Luke Chueh

Panda by Luke Chueh

 

Halo by Erik Mark Sandberg

Halo by Erik Mark Sandberg

 

Near Light by Sooey Milk

Near Light by Sooey Milk

 

Sangre Por Sangre by Sylvia Ji

Sangre Por Sangre by Sylvia Ji

 

Risk & Cooz trilogy

Risk & Cooz trilogy

 

Lola - Just Another Magic Morning

Just Another Magic Morning by Lola

 

Orleans by Van Arno

Orleans by Van Arno

 

The maestro Van Arno himself.

The maestro Van Arno himself.

 

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Potential art collector starters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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