by Frank Forte
CLOSES APRIL 18, 2015
DREAMLANDS GROUP SHOW
Curated by Caro
8530-A Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Tuesday – Saturday • Noon to 6:00 pm
The Corey Helford/CIRCA Gallery presents “Dreamlands” a group show, curated by Sweet Streets’ fabulous provocateur, Caro. The 35 new contemporary artists chosen for this show hail from different countries, and work in dynamically unique styles, but share a sparkling, dreamlike sensibility in their end result. While there is a notable Japanese sensibility, it was important to Caro to open the universal theme of “dreams” to artists from different cultures as well. Just as our own dreams weave in and out of reality, the new Dreamlands’ work pushes the boundaries of what we stylistically define as painting today, whether its demonstrated by Yoh Nagao’s super flat rainbow colors or Kazuki Takamatsu’s graphic, black and white “depth paintings”, Dream- lands aims to inspire your next respite.
The opening reception for “Dreamlands” was hosted on Saturday, March 14, and the exhibition is on view through April 18, 2015.
Curating this exhibition is Caro, an independent artists’ agent and curator specializing in Japanese contempo- rary art who has become an institution in the LA New Contemporary art scene with her recurring articles and reviews of the Japanese art scene for the well-known art publication Hi-Fructose Magazine. Recently, she has contributed to curatorial projects for the Edo-Tokyo Art Museum (2014) and Spiral Contemporary Art Gallery in Tokyo (2015), as well as being the agent of rising Japanese painter, Hikari Shimoda. This is Caro’s first cura- tion with Corey Helford, only the third outside curator to ever assemble an exhibition for the gallery.
Established in 2012 by Los Angeles gallerists Jan Corey Helford and Bruce Helford, CHG Circa is their exciting new art venue on Washington Blvd. After launching the highly-successful Corey Helford Gallery in 2006 in the Culver City Arts District, the Helfords opened CHG Circa as a platform to highlight figurative and pop surreal artists worldwide, including Luke Chueh, Van Arno, Sylvia Ji, Kazuki Takamatsu and many more. Corey Helford Gallery is internationally-renowned for its standout exhibitions, from “Letters From America” during the 2012 London Olympics to “Art From The New World,” Corey Helford’s transatlantic collaboration with the Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery showcasing work by a formidable group of 49 of the finest emerging and noted American artists in the New Contemporary art scene. CHG Circa presents exhi- bitions and special projects of equal quality and caliber. “We believe the artists we show and support are creat- ing timeless art,” the Helfords add, and to celebrate this, CHG Circa has an elegant 1930s’ ambiance, stamped tin ceilings and 10 foot archways. CHG Circa presents new exhibitions every 4-5 weeks. For more information and an upcoming exhibition schedule, please visit coreyhelfordgallery.com
AMY SOL * ARON WIESENFELD * ATSUKO GOTO * CAITLIN HURD * CAROL LIU * CIOU HANNAH YATA * HERAKUT * HIKARI SHIMODA * JESSICKA ADDAMS * JOANNE NAM * KAZUHIRO HORI KAZUKI TAKAMATSU * KAZUKI UMEZAWA * KRISTA HUOT * LOLA * LORI NELSON * LU CONG * MAB GRAVES MICHAEL PAGE * NAOTO HATTORI * NATALIA FABIA * NATALIE SHAU * NOUAR * REBECCA LEVEILLE GUAY SONYA FU * SO YOUN LEE * SIMONE LEGNO * TARA MCPHERSON * TEIJI HAYAMA * TOM BAGSHAW * YOH NAGAO * YOKO D’HOLBACHIE * YOSUKE UENO * YUMIKO KAYUKAWA
Frank Forte Bio
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. He co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Frank Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series, which was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation in 2003.
In Frank’s spare time he paints. Recent shows include Laluzapalooza 2015 and Laluzapalooza Jury Winners Group Show 2015 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Villains of Animation at Van Eaton Galleries (Sherman Oaks, CA). Past shows include the CATZ Group Show at LTD. Gallery in Seattle, WA and the 6×6 group Show at The Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. His art has been exhibited at Cannibal Flower (Los Angeles) and the Animation Guild Gallery 839 (North Hollywood).
Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, a publishing company that produces premium comic books and graphic novels within the horror, science fiction, and action genres.