A-LIST MUSICIAN & ARTIST COLLABORATIONS BENEFITTING CHILDREN’S LITERACY EXHIBIT FOR THE FIRST TIME AT COREY HELFORD GALLERY
Corey Helford Gallery is proud to present a special exhibit, Waxploitation Stories For Ways & Mean, opening Saturday, June 23 in Gallery Three. Co-curated by Caro Buermann and Waxploitation Records founder Jeff Antebi, this is the companion exhibition of the children’s benefit book project of the same name: a 350 page coffee table art book with short stories written by world famous musicians such as Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Frank Black, Devendra Banhart, among others, accompanied by original art by living legends such as Anthony Lister, Dan Baldwin, Swoon, Will Barras, James Jean, Ronzo, Kai & Sunn, and many more. A portion of proceeds from both the book project and the art show will benefit Room to Read, 826 National, Pencils of Promise, and War Child. The exhibit features over two dozen drawings, paintings and illustrations from the book.
Released in 2016, Stories For Ways & Means is ten years in the making, and also includes animated short films featuring narration from Zach Galifianakis, Danny Devito, Nick Offerman, and more.
“I’ve always been interested in songwriters who craft compelling stories to music, and painters who tell stories with a single canvas. Stories for Ways & Means allows me an opportunity to blend both into one project” explains curator Jeff Antebi, who created the book. “The artists I collaborated with are ones who I felt represented ‘outsiders’ because children in some ways are also ‘outsiders’ sometimes, viewing the world of adults around them. It seemed fun to have these artists speaking to kids with their unique points of view.”
The full list of collaborations so far is:
Kathleen Hanna + Clare Rojas
Eugene Hutz (of Gogol Bordello) + Candice Tripp
John Vanderslice + James Jean
Amadou Bagayoko (of Amadou & Mariam) + Will Barras Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal (of Buena Vista Social Club) + Herakut Song Yuzhe + Asha Zero
Tom Waits + Joe Coleman
Nick Cave + Anthony Lister
Alison Mosshart + Dan Baldwin
Frank Black (of Pixies) + Kai & Sunny
Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) + Sage Vaughn
Devendra Banhart + Daniel Muñoz “SAN”
Jim James (My Morning Jacket) + Jacob Escobedo
Laura Marling + Maria Rivans
Matthew Dear + Josie Morway
Elliphant + Carlin Diaz
Will Oldham + Swoon
Gary Numan + Cinta Vidal
Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof + Kyotaro
Spencer Krug + SEPE
Del the Funky Homosapian + Ronzo
Micachu + Kirsty Whiten
Jason Lytle + “Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP”
Anna Von Hausswolff +Alessia Iannetti
Alec Empire + Lidia De Pedro
Sera Cahoone + David Bray
Gibby Haynes + Daniel Anum Jasper
Örvar Smárason + Lóa Hjálmtýsdóttir
The opening reception for Waxploitation Stories For Ways & Means will be hosted Saturday, June 23 from 7pm - 11pm in Gallery Three. The reception is open to the public and the exhibit will be on view through July 21. The space is open Tuesday - Saturday, 12pm - 6pm. Corey Helford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033.
About Stories For Ways & Means
Ten years ago the founder of Waxploitation, Jeff Antebi, had an idea to ask his favorite music artists and favorite contemporary painters to come together and collaborate on original children’s stories for a benefit project.
Today, 29 of those pairings make up the 350 page book project called Stories for Ways & Means. The book includes original collaborations with Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Frank Black, Justin Vernon, Laura Marling, Devendra Banhart, Alison Mosshart and Kathleen Hanna as well as painters/illustrators like Anthony Lister, Joe Coleman, Dan Baldwin, Swoon, Will Barras, James Jean, Ronzo, Kai & Sunny, and more.
Guest narrators came along for fun as featured voices in short promo films: Danny Devito, Zach Galifianakis, Nick Offerman, Phil LaMarr, King Krule, and Lauren Lapkus.
Proceeds from sales of the book primarily benefit Room to Read, Pencils of Promise, and 826 National among a number of non-profits working to build schools and educate children around the world.
About Corey Helford Gallery
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (nger Managemen, he Drew Carey Sho, eorge Lope, he Oblong) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.
CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.
After nine years in Culver City, CHG relocated in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every five weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit oreyHelfordGallery.com and connect on aceboo, Twitte and nstagra.