On Saturday, July 3rd, downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery will proudly premiere their next major solo show, titled Viridescent, marking the return of one of the gallery’s masters, Los Angeles-based figurative artist Korin Faught. The show will be hosted in Gallery 2 through August 7th.
Viridescent will be Faught’s first solo since her 2016 show, titled Lost Days, at CHG. Regarding her work, WideWalls shares: “Korin Faught’s elegant and subtle figurative paintings pay homage to the mid-century design, fashion, and white on white style. The artist from Los Angeles finds the inspiration for her mysterious and somewhat gothic depiction of women prevalently in photography and horror movies. The main topic of her work are twins or triplets – the artist is painting the same model in multiple poses in order to achieve this goal. Her work has a very specific atmosphere, solemnly dark and even unsettling at times, created by Faught’s limited palette and puzzling moods of her models.”
Regarding her new works, Faught shares: “Becoming a mother changed everything. My body had gone rogue — transforming into a nature vessel with life bursting from every part of me — a tree laden with fruit, a flower blooming. Moreover, I felt this obsessive love and need to defend and protect my family. With the pandemic raging, my family’s home became a sanctuary, an extension of my own body. These paintings are about family and protection. My family is the garden and I am the gardener.”
She adds, “Viridescent is an exploration of motherhood, sanctuary, and the parallels between gardens and familial life. During COVID many of us felt more strongly about protecting ourselves and those most delicate and dear to us, like our children. Domesticity took on new meaning, it became cloistered and as our lives slowed down and our focus narrowed, we began to take time to care for what mattered in a more intense way. Children, like plants and flowers, rely completely on our care and protection to be able to flourish and grow ? and the similarities are not limited to nourishment, light, and moisture. Chlorophyll has an almost identical chemical structure as blood. I have bundled my figures safely in cloth as if ‘buried’ or ‘planted’ in a ‘womb-like’ state. The multiples of the figures show duality of emotions and perspectives.
Knowing the context of when these paintings were created, you can begin to understand a quiet, light, and radiance of spirit as my counterpoint to the fear and extremism of the outside world, a place of peacefulness and embodiment of our desires to be cared for by a mother figure. In these new works, the maternal figure is depicted in control of her environment, reminiscent of painters such as Marie Cassatt. As the noise of life quieted down, I found time for self-reflection and introspection, these portraits give the viewer a window into the garden of my life that I have created.”
Viridescent opens Saturday, July 3rd from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm in Gallery 2, alongside a solo show from Soey Milk, titled Ribbons and Connotations, in the Main Gallery. As a bonus, Gallery 3 hosts new works from Redd Walitzki’s latest solo show, titled The Days of Miracle and Wonder, which premiered at CHG on April 10th and needs to be seen in person to truly appreciate its beauty.
This opening marks the first time CHG will host an in-person opening since California opened back up on June 15th. For the convenience and safety of attendees, masks will be required and 200 people at a time will be allowed into the gallery’s 12,000 square foot space, which will be monitored by CHG’s staff. After opening night, CHG returns to their regular visiting hours (Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm), beginning July 8th.
About Korin Faught:
Korin Faught lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two sons. She studied painting in Pasadena and received her BFA degree from Art Center College of Design in 2004. Faught’s last three solo exhibitions have been at Corey Helford Gallery but her work has been exhibited across North America and Europe. In addition, Faught has been profiled by American Art Collector, Arbitare, Artist A Day, ArtNews, Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz, LA Weekly, Malibu Magazine, Style.com, and VICE, among others.Her influences include master portrait painters (such as John Singer Sargent), Pre-Raphaelite painters (such as Waterhouse), and impressionist Marie Cassatt.
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.
Corey Helford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, with visiting hours being Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit CoreyHelfordGallery.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. For available prints from CHG, visit CHGPrints.com.
COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Open: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Visiting Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm