On June 11th, Nouar debuted her first solo exhibit at Corey Helford Gallery entitled Internally Yours while Joshua Petker presented Celluloid Constellations, a special min-exhibition in the loft.
The works in Internally Yours features three dimensional sugary confections of gelatin molds, gummy bears and jolly ranchers adhered to oil paintings adding depth in each piece. Taking on a fresh (and experimental) direction for a first solo at a new gallery is ambitious and Nouar exceeds expectations with the stellar piece Friends 'Til the End. The complexity of three partially eaten resin molds layered onto an oil panel reminiscent of a vintage animation background cel is a feast for the eyes in the most literal sense of the word. Nouar lures the viewer in with intricate details, retro Pop! hues, and edible subjects as visual metaphors that symbolize life's hidden dangers.
Joshua Petker's Celluloid Constellations expands upon identity and celebrity and focuses on the stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Joshua reinterprets Hollywood legends such as Audrey Hepburn, Joan Crawford, and Rita Hayworth while exploring the myths and torrid tales that have transcended their public personas. Frances renders this exploitation perfectly with a burst of crimson at the temple of an otherwise virtually flawless portrait of the actress Frances Farmer. Taking liberty of the sensational accounts of her life and death, Joshua depicts (what seems like) a gunshot to the head to symbolize the fragility of life and the struggles we endure.
Enjoy the opening night photos by Sam Graham
, but be sure to see the work in person. Shows run until Jun 28th.