Saturday, April 17, 2010

Joshua Petker at Corey Helford Gallery


Joshua Petker's glorious colors and dreamy images are coming to Los Angeles again, to the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, for his new show "Between Butterflies."

"Petker’s new series of works displays a thematic evolution, creating narratives about change and renewal, while combining his signature style of figurative work with unique color fields following in, and expanding upon, the American tradition of beautiful yet angry abstract art. Drawing inspiration from fashion and beauty, Petker’s painted muses are catalysts of change and icons of reinvention, adorned in gold and neon accents.

Petker explains, 'I can create a new reality for this person or image. I can put them in a new context, or in new colors. But that’s what we all do with fashion. Look at Lady Gaga or more interestingly the people who admire her. She creates new identities for herself. New contexts. Humans yearn to do this, - create meaning and context - and we admire those that do this visually. This show explores my interest in the fleeting identities based on fashion and beauty, the idea that a look, a style, or fame itself can be an identity with purpose. Or, for others of a religious nature, how their belief in what happens after life constructs their identity and purpose while alive.'"

Opening Reception Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 7‑10pm
On View April 17 - May 5, 2010
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232


Joshua Petker

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