Join Helikon Galler on August 2 from 6-10pm for the Opening Reception for Peopled Places & Phree Town - free entry, open studios, plus complimentary food and drinks!
About PEOPLED PLACES: From lush illustrations of flora and fauna to the depictions of society, cities, and humanity’s kinship with the natural world, ‘Peopled Places’ reflects on the ways in which we interact with, struggle against, and find inspiration in the places around us, both real and imagined.
With numerous examples of work from each artist, Peopled Places presents a variety of unique artistic perspectives on the complex connections humanity forms with natural and artificial worlds. The work ranges from lighthearted meditations on landscapes and architecture to portrayals of wildlife and technology, gentrification and immigration. The shared overlap of illustrative aesthetics bridges the gaps between the various approaches to the theme and results in an exhibit that is vibrant and introspective.
About PHREE TOWN: Fly Okay is the alias of artist Sara Wilson, whose imaginative, colorful digital paintings and illustrations have previously been featured in group exhibits at Helikon. Phree Town marks Fly Okay’s first-ever solo exhibit with Helikon and features an array of prints centered around characters inspired by her experiences in Koreatown, L.A.
In the artist’s words: “Phree Town is a show that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, heavily inspired by my time living in Koreatown, Los Angeles. My first impression of the place was that it was just extremely free; it was the dark kind of freedom and the light kind of freedom happening all at the same time. I wanted to create a series of paintings that visually communicated the grungy, chaotic, beautiful, yet free side of Koreatown in a surreal, over-the-top, and dreamy way. The creatures and figures you see in the series are all reflections of the many characters I encountered in the constantly changing urban jungle.”