Atrium Gallery Exhibition
October 14 – November 10, 2017
18th Street Arts Center | Atrium Gallery
Gallery hours: 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday
SANTA MONICA, CA – LA-area mixed-media artists Helen Chung and Jennifer Celio will each present new bodies of work in Planes and Structures in 18th Street Arts Center’s Atrium Gallery. The exhibition opens October 14th, in conjunction with the center’s bi-annual Pico Block Party, and runs through November 10th, 2017. In these works, the boundaries between painting and sculpture, and abstraction figuration, are called into question. Taking an unexpected and personal approach to geometry, each artist creates spaces in her work that encompass forms drawn from observation and imagination. Working with a combination of digital processes and mark-making by hand, each artist explores tensions and relationships between abstract form and concrete idea.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Helen Chung is an multidisciplinary artist, working and living in Los Angeles. Her sculptures, paintings, and photographic works experiment with materiality. Chung’s projects draw from her accomplishments as an international shoes and accessory designer and her post-graduate studies in architecture. Chung earned her BFA from Art Center College of Pasadena, BA from Fashion Institute of Technology, and Juried competition award at Korean Cultural Center. Her exhibitions include: Andrew Shire Gallery, Torrance Art Museum, Korean Cultural Center, POST gallery, Liz’s Loft, Blam Los Angeles, West LA College, and Wedge Gallery of Woodbury University.
Jennifer Celio incorporates paper, wood, vinyl, paint, and other materials into sculptural and installation pieces that explore the complicated relationship between humans and the natural world. Catalyzed by the turmoil and changes stemming from the 2016 Presidential election, this work explores American attitudes towards the use and abuse of nature. Juxtaposing abstract and representational imagery, and contrasting material and texture, her paintings and sculptural compositions reference the literal and figurative landscape. Celio is a native of Southern California and received a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Fullerton in 1996. She was raised in the suburbs of L.A. and now lives and works in Long Beach, CA. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Cristinerose Gallery and Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts in New York City, Haphazard Gallery and the Creative Artists’ Agency in Los Angeles, CA, romo gallery in Atlanta, GA, Bandini Art in Culver City, CA, California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA, Moorpark College in Moorpark, CA, and Phantom Galleries in Long Beach, CA.