Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery is teaming up with ‘wearable art’ designer and artist Onch to celebrate his brand’s 16th anniversary with a delicious “Sweet 16” group show.
Premiering Saturday, July 11th in Gallery 2, ONCH’s Sweet 16 Group Show, co-curated by Onch, will feature new works from over 40 artists, including works from his celebrity friends such as model, DJ, and businesswoman Paris Hilton, blogger and media personality Perez Hilton, actress and author Tori Spelling, actor Matt Bennett (Victorious, The Virginity Hit, and The Stanford Prison Experiment), and singer Carmit Bachar (The Pussycat Dolls); plus some of Onch’s most popular jewelry will be on display (including Rainbow Ice Cream Cone Necklace, famously rocked by Nicki Minaj to accept her VMA for Best Rapper of the Year, and the Lady Gaga-inspired “Meat-Lace” meat necklace which has been featured by the New York Post, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, In Touch Magazine, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not). Full show artist roster below.
The Los Angeles-based artist is the creative force behind the “ONCH” brand (previously known as Onch Movement), designing ‘wearable art’ for a discerning VIP client list that includes Kate Moss, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, and Nicki Minaj. Lollipops, chicken wings, bananas, ice cream cones and so much more have been transformed into ONCH accessories.
Regarding this special “Sweet 16” group exhibition, Onch shares: “This show has a very special place in my heart. Not only does it mark the coming of age for my career, I also get to celebrate with some incredibly talented artists and friends who have inspired me over the years. Each amazing artist will create a one-of-a-kind artwork inspired by some of my classic pieces. I am beyond humbled by and grateful for each of their contributions. Collectively, these new works will showcase a retrospective of how my wearable art has evolved from being handmade in my kitchen to what it is today.”
This special group exhibition will feature works from aica, Andy Adamson, Bei Badgirl, Bennett Slater, Brandi Milne, Bruce Parker, Chen-Dao Lee, Christybomb, Dan Lam, Dena Seiferling, Dewi Plass, DOSSHAUS, Eric Joyner, Erika Sanada, Ewa Pro?czuk-Kuziak, Hanna Jaeun, Harald Austad, Harumo Sato, Helice Wen, Jana Brike, Jesús Aguado, Jonathan Stein, Jourdan Joly, Josie Morway, Kii Arens, Kristen Liu-Wong, Luke Chueh, Malcolm Stuart, Messy Desk, Mizna Wada, Mori Chack of Gloomy Bear, Naoshi, No2Good, Mr. Ogay, ONCH, Simone Legno of Tokidoki, Yang Cao, and Yu Maeda; plus celebrities Carmit Bachar, Matt Bennett, Paris Hilton, Perez Hilton, Tori Spelling, and more.
ONCH’s Sweet 16 Group Show opens Saturday, July 11th in Gallery 2, alongside a solo show from Hikari Shimoda, entitled Silence and Affirmation, in the Main Gallery and a solo show from Tina Yu, entitled A Journey, in Gallery 3. Corey Helford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 and normal hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Los Angeles-based Onch is the creative force behind the “ONCH” brand (previously known as Onch Movement), designing ‘wearable art’ for a discerning VIP client list that includes Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian, and Nicki Minaj, who famously rocked her Onch Rainbow Ice Cream Cone Necklace to accept the VMA for Best Rapper of the Year, and introduced the Pink Fried Chicken Wing Necklace at the iHeart Radio concert. Onch’s career originally kicked off back when supermodel Moss was spotted out and about wearing his Bloody Razor Blade Necklace in L.A., before the designer was even old enough to buy booze legally.
Following that illustrious intro, the fresh-faced fashion phenomenon was asked to provide the accessories for Heatherette’s LA Fashion Week show. He subsequently launched his long-term relationship with cult favorite Hello Kitty, which culminated in his recent role as designer for the brand’s first collection at Forever21, The Hello Kitty Forever jewelry collection. Hasbro, the global play and entertainment company, has also enlisted the edgy designer to bring some of their most beloved brands to life, choosing him for their very first jewelry collaborations for Mr. Potato Head and My Little Pony, not to mention asking Onch to create a 30 inch, not-so ‘Little Pony,’ currently touring the world at different toy conventions. The trend-setter whose work was even featured in a bio-technology textbook and Italian Vogue has also made headlines for his more daring and unique designs, from his “Meat-Lace” meat necklace which was featured by the New York Post, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, In Touch Magazine, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
In 2015, ONCH brand launched successful collaborations with DreamWorks Animation, Sanrio, Pokemon and Delias.
As the featured artist for the 2016 LA Pride parade, West Hollywood’s annual LGBTQ+ pride event, Onch created the giant “LA PRIDE Building BLOCKS” art installation which was one of the most “Instagrammable” moments of the event.
In Fall of 2016, Ford Motor Company asked ONCH to design a tiny home, dubbed a “Fungalow,” to help promote the launch of their new Ford Ecosport.
In the Spring/Summer of 2019, six pieces featuring ONCH designs were on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY) for the exhibition CAMP: Notes on fashion.
About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (The Conners, Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists. CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art. CHG is located in Downtown Los Angeles in a robust 12,000 square foot building presenting new exhibitions approximately every six weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.