March 7, 2020 | 7pm – 11pm
March 7 – April 11, 2020
COREY HELFORD GALLERY
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm – 6pm
Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery is proud to announce its next major solo show with San Francisco-based award-winning artist/illustrator Eric Joyner, entitled Machine Man Memories, opening March 7th in the Main Gallery.
Machine Man Memories is the newest series of fantastical paintings by Joyner, of Robots and Donuts fame. Joyner’s work, which has been licensed from the likes of Disney, Warner Brothers, and the hit HBO show Silicon Valley, depicts the tenuous conflict between children’s toys and adulthood as a portrait of another reality. His work is characterized by his playful and surrealistic style that creates harmony between the mix of cartoon characters, especially Japanese tin robots and colorful donuts (directly inspired by the film Pleasantville) inserted in all kinds of landscapes from the Age of Dinosaurs to the bottom of the ocean.
Consisting of 18 new oil paintings, Machine Man Memories is a promise to fulfill the viewer’s need for robots, donuts and yes, cats. Joyner has created an homage (seen above) to a living artist, David Hockney (British painter, stage designer, and photographer) and decided to bring to life some non-robotic figures such as Frosty the Snow Man, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Wizard of O’s, and a dragon to his surreal body of work. Regarding his new series, Joyner shares “The first paintings were inspired by people I met, some locally and some from new friends in China. I later found inspiration in American illustrators such as N.C. Wyeth, Michael Whelan and the brothers Hildebrandt as well as fine artists Grant Wood and David Hockney. I was distracted by the 1953 movie War of the Worlds and one night I dreamt a white cat came to me and whispered in my ear to paint snowmen. As fate would have it, my friend Lou Lima brought me some snowmen figures to paint. The rest, as they say, is history.”
Machine Man Memories opens Saturday, March 7th from 7:00pm-11:00pm in the Main Gallery, alongside a solo show from Adrian Cox, entitled Into the Spirit Garden, in Gallery 2 and a solo show from Kelsey Beckett, entitled The Amber Orchard, in Gallery 3. Corey Helford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 and normal hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12pm – 6pm.