The Influence of Fellini: Surreal 100th Birthday Group Exhibition

On Saturday, January 25, downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery will be ringing in the New Year with a major group show, in honour of the surreal filmmaker, Federico Fellini, entitled The Influence of Fellini: A Surreal 100th Birthday Celebration, on display in the Main Gallery through February 29.

Italian film director, Federico Fellini is known for his distinct style, which blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness. He is recognised as one of the greatest, and most influential, filmmakers of all time. Besides La Dolce Vita, and 8½, his other well-known films include La Strada, Nights of Cabiria, Juliet of the Spirits, Satyricon, Amarcord, and Fellini’s Casanova.

This special group exhibition represents a dramatic selection of works from CHG’s artists, and new works specifically created for the show from the likes of Adrian Cox, aica, Alexandra Bastien, Bei Badgirl, Brandi Milne, Caia Koopman, Carol Liu, Chloe Early, Christybomb, Dan Lydersen, Dilka Bear, Dosshaus, Eva Montanari, Handiedan, HERAKUT, Hirabayashi Takahiro, Ian Francis, Ivana Flores, Jackie Dunn Smith, Jana Brike, Jang Koal, JD King, Junko Mizuno, Kazuki Takamatsu, Korin Faught, Krista Huot, Krovblit, Kukula, Lauren Marx, Lioba Bruckner, Lola, Lu Cong, Luke Chueh, Marc Scheff, Meredith Marsone, Messy Desk, Michael Campbell, Miho Hirano, Miss Van, Naoto Hattori, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Nicomi Nix Turner, Nunzio Paci, Oliver Hibert, ONCH, Relm, Rhiannon Valenti, Richard J Oliver, Ron English, Ryan Heshka, Sarah Folkman, Sasha Ira, seenaeme, Shark Toof, Soey Milk, Stella Im Hultberg, Sylvia Ji, Tarntara Sudadung, The London Police, Tina Yu, Troy Brooks, Vyal One, Yosuke Ueno, Yuka Sakuma, and Zoe Byland.
Illustrator and participating artist, Eva Montanari, who, like Fellini, was born and raised in Rimini, Italy, commented:
“As a child growing up in Rimini, I use to watch Fellini’s films and my favorite was Amarcord. I studied his shots and way of telling a story but I would imagine my own version of how to tell the story. His figurative pictorial references are many and different.” The group show will showcase Montanari’s original illustrations from her children’s book, Federico.
Another participating artist from Italy, Nunzio Paci, shares his inspiration:
“I watched Juliet of the Spirits many times. The artwork in the group show reflects my current exploration of the natural world and its connections with the dream sphere, nostalgia and memory, all themes in common with Fellini’s oeuvre.”
Missouri-based artist, Lauren Marx, sees a connection between her work and Fellini’s artistic eye and cinematography:
“I see similarities with the use of religious imagery, earthy imagery, baroque, and fantastical themes. All of which are important to my work. I can also see a slight connection between the composition of my piece and some of the beautiful compositions he created.”
Curator, Caro Buermann, shares:
“I revisited many of Fellini’s classics in the process of organizing this show and got to know Fellini as the ultimate dreamer. He cared about creating experiences for his audience, to tell a story, to amuse, and this has had a big influence on me. Fellini said, ‘Realism is a bad word. In a sense everything is realistic. I see no line between the imaginary and the real.’ The works on display in this exhibit walk this fine line between reality and surreality.”
January 25, 2020 | 7pm – 11pm
January 25 – February 29, 2020
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm – 6pm
(310) 287-2340
On Saturday, January 25, from 7:00pm-11:00pm, CHG will also premiere a solo show from Marion Peck, entitled Red Clown, Blue Clown, in Gallery 3 and a three-artist show featuring Jon Ching, Lori Nelson, and Susanne Apgar in Gallery 2, alongside the group show in the Main Gallery.
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 (The Conners, Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez) 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.
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