“Natural History Museum Part I”
Opening Reception Saturday, June 28, 2008 from 7 to 10pm
On View June 28 until July 16, 2008
Corey Helford Gallery is proud to present “Natural History Museum Part I”, a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles artist Carlos Ramos. For his first solo show in Los Angeles, Ramos replicates the natural history museum experience for his audience, fusing the natural world with the art world. A series of twenty four large-scale paintings based on classic grand dioramas and a special installation of skeletal structures will transform the gallery into an epicenter of flora and fauna. The concept of the exhibition is based on Ramos’ childhood fascination with natural history museums and the “authoritative” impression they made on him growing up. Developing a show around a cohesive theme as well as expanding the size and scale of his work mark an exciting new direction for the artist, which has allowed him to explore environments and characters more freely than in the past. Open to the public, the reception for “Natural History Museum Part I” will take place on Saturday, June 28 from 7 to 10pm and will be on view until July 16, 2008.
Carlos Ramos was born and raised in Burbank, California where he was obsessed with doodling and MAD magazine as a child. Throughout his youth, he continued to develop his artistic interests and graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation. Ramos went on to create numerous shows for Cartoon Network, Walt Disney Studios, and Nickelodeon including The X’s and Chalkzone, which garnered him an Annie Award. His talent also extends to writing for Cartoon Network and drawing caricatures for Rolling Stone and Consolidated Skateboards. Ramos’ work has been featured in numerous galleries including Gallery 1988 and I Am 8-Bit, and he co-hosted The Burning Brush Auctions with Tim Biskup. He currently lives in the Silverlake Hills and enjoys driving his 1969 Mini Cooper and doing stand-up comedy in Hollywood. For more information about Ramos, please visit monkeypuzzles.com.
Located in the Culver City Art District, Corey Helford Gallery was established in April 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs). Passionate art collectors, the Helfords are producers on the art documentary The Treasures of Long Gone John and have partnered to open their first gallery. Corey Helford Gallery presents a wide range of artists, from members of the new fine art movement, such as Andrew Brandou, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Eric Joyner, Brandi Milne, David Stoupakis, and award-winning photographer Chris Anthony, to early Modernist William S. Schwartz. Notable shows include Charity By Numbers, which was co-curated by Gary Baseman and featured an unprecedented lineup of artists including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Shepard Fairey, Todd and Kathy Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, and Michael Hussar. Corey Helford Gallery presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks.
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
Open Tuesday - Saturday, Noon to 6:00pm