Opening Reception Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 7‑10pm
On View January 21 – February 8, 2012
On Saturday, January 21, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “Pure Evil Goes Pop!” The exhibition features new works by UK artist Pure Evil in the upstairs gallery, alongside Eric Joyner’s “It’s a Jungle Out There” on the gallery’s main floor. Inspired by Warhol, Rosenquist and the 60s, the collection is a departure from the artist’s street art work and celebrates Warhol’s obsession with capturing beautiful, famous people. Icon Elizabeth Taylor is immortalized in the painting “Richard Burton’s Nightmare,” created from a palette of strange hues with subliminal meanings.
“I have kept this whole collection of paintings very simple,” Pure Evil explains. “The features of the women are simplified down to the most basic lines possible, cut into three stencil layers with a sharp blade, and laboriously sprayed to build up the faces. The eyes drip painted tears, the product of broken dreams of love.”
The opening reception for “Pure Evil Goes Pop!” takes place Saturday, January 21 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through February 8, 2012.
UK street artist Pure Evil (Charles Uzzell-Edwards) was born in South Wales in 1968. A descendant of Sir Thomas More, the Lord Chancellor who wrote the controversial work “Utopia” and who was later beheaded by King Henry VIII, the artist’s legendary lineage is influential to his aesthetic. He is known for exploring the darker side of the wreckage of Utopian dreams and the myth of the Apocalypse, a belief in the life-changing event that brings history with all of its conflicts to an end. He notes, “If you scratch the surface of my artwork you will find something dark lying beneath.” Pure Evil has exhibited in the United States, UK and France. For more information about the artist, please visit www.pureevilclothing.com.