Brooklyn based artist Michael Mararian returns to Corey Helford Gallery this Saturday at the gallery's second space, CHG Circa, with more of his delightfully absurd and humorous works. Rendering traditionally cheerful images and concepts into frightening, yet humorous tableaus, Michael Mararian often focuses on children as the last bastion of innocence to explore the dark humor behind social and psychological issues. His new exhibit, "Recent Projects", Mararian explains, "is a collection of revolving concepts and ideas that I have been exploring for the last year and a half. “ With a continued focus on combining pathos, humor, shock value and the absurd, this show brings new areas of exploration in both technique and attitude. “Most of the work being shown is in full color (a first for me) as well as using found vintage books, magazines and ephemera as a re-purposed canvas in a majority of the new work. My phobia series from 2008 is also revisited in full color and we get a glimpse into the beginnings of some upcoming series such as "Over Stimu-lie", "Horrible Gifts for Children" and a contemporary re-imagining of Edward Gorey's "The Ghastlycrumb Tinies"
Saturday, May 18th 7-10pm CHG Circa 8530A Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232 coreyhelfordgallery.com