March 30, 2012

HOOKERS - A Group Exhibition Curated by Natalia Fabia at Corey Helford Gallery

A Group Exhibition Curated by Natalia Fabia

Opening Reception Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 7‑10pm
On View March 31 – April 10, 2012

On Saturday, March 31, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “Hookers,” a group exhibition curated by Los Angeles artist Natalia Fabia.

Celebrating strong, talented, tough, colorful, independent, and stylish women (and men), the term “Hooker” serves as Fabia’s signature concept and lifelong fascination. “Hooker is a very positive moniker to me,” Fabia notes. “Although I have strayed away from the specific word during the last few years, I think it is perfect to return to for my first time curating a show. I have always loved the denomination —it is straightforward yet surprising.”

Fabia’s curatorial debut will feature 22 artists’ interpretation of the term “Hooker.” Focusing on figurative painting, the exhibition highlights a wide range of accomplished artists whom Fabia admires, many of which she went to college with or studied under at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

The exhibition features new works by:

John Paul Altamira, Frank Carter, Sean Cheetham, Natalia Fabia, Albert Fabia, Korin Faught, Phil Hale, F. Scott Hess, Michael Hussar, Benjamin Bryce Kelley, Maria Kreyn, Jeremy Lipking, Ann Marshall, Jeff McMillan, Tara McPherson, Jeff Nentrup, Chris Pugliese, Revok, Erik Mark Sandberg, Alex Schafer, Frank Stockton, Marc Trujillo, Kent Williams, Stephen Wright.

With a talent for infusing her projects with the unexpected, Fabia also chose a touch of abstract and graffiti art to feature alongside the more traditional figurative works. “Though you may think graffiti and abstract don’t comply with figurative painting, I feel they do. There are many parallels in the line work, color and thought in both the graffiti and figurative paintings. They will be a great compliment to each other,” Fabia adds.

The opening reception for the“Hookers” takes place Saturday, March 31 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through April 10, 2012. The event will be preceded by Natalia Fabia’s “Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012” presented by Corey Helford Gallery, opening Friday, March 30 at Dragonfly Bar in Hollywood.

Natalia Fabia’s paintings are the signature of LA’s “new progressive” women of the 21st century. Like the independent working class of women who emerged from the Industrial Revolution or the liberated “Flappers” of the 1920’s, Natalia’s women are unabashed, aggressive and confident as she documents their influence on the lifestyle of an enrapt world. Irreverently calling them “hookers” – she uses the term like men use “dude” - she is fueled and fascinated by their color, their sparkles, their sultriness and their strength.

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
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