Today, May 6, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery will be dazzling its public with two new exhibitions featuring the work of Pop-surrealists Lori Nelson and Eric Joyner, at respectively gallery 2 and 1.
“The show title, ‘Find My Friends,’ is derived from an app of the same name. The plaintiveness of this phrase strikes me as more symbolic than the programmers of this locating tool probably ever intended, capturing the motivation behind much of our technology use: as we dive deeper into our devices, we want nothing more than to find companionship. In this spirit, I’ve delivered a small friend or familiar to most of my Cryptotweens, almost as if granting a wish. This is a gesture of my hope that all of us, everywhere, will eventually find our friends.”
“Tarsus Bondon Dot”, the new solo exhibition from San Francisco-based award-winning artist/illustrator Eric Joyner, marks his seventh solo exhibition at CHG and be hosted in Gallery 1.
“In many ways, ‘Tarsus Bondon Dot’ represents the totality of my life.” – Eric Joyner
According to Joyner he wanted to show in this exhibition some of the activities we partake in, to distract ourselves from everyday life. In his work, he enjoys exploring the absurd and reflecting on life around him, as he sees it.
About Lori Nelson:
Lori Nelson is a Brooklyn-based painter whose narrative work incorporates aspects of traditional portraiture, Magic Realism, and vintage storybook illustration. Nods to urban mythology and current tech crazes will often appear in her work so that both yeti and iPhone apps can exist in a strange almost sweet landscape. Teens and tweens are of particular interest to Nelson and, with the fur and scales of cryptids, have been the inspiration of her ongoing “Cryptotween” series where, for several years, she has explored the vulnerability and essence of what it means to be young and monstrous. Growing up in a religious household in the West, Nelson’s primary access to art was through the devotional paintings reproduced in the family scriptures. The believer depicted on the page was of interest to the artist, beyond the gospel message, and a fascination in believers of all types took root, leading to an appreciation for conspiracy theorists, magicians, cryptozoologists, and all who declare, “I want to believe”. Through her oil paintings, Lori Nelson presents an alien world inhabited by strange and powerful children and beasts whose situations and experiences seem spookily familiar as we recognize ourselves in the monsters and the monsters in ourselves.
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