In the Nursery at Corey Helford Gallery


The owners of Corey Helford Gallery were considering the new wave of parents who attend art shows with child in tow when curating their current exhibition In the Nursery – A darker version of classic tales. I don’t really think this was a stretch though, as I feel many nursery stories are dark and actually quite scary when you think of it – I mean, in The Three Little Pigs, the wolf falls to his death through the chimney into a boiling pot of water. And what about Hansel and Gretel’s adventure through the dark forest? I don’t know what is worse, being abandoned by your father in the middle of nowhere with only bread crumbs to your name or spending an afternoon getting plumped up by a manipulative old lady so she can have you for dinner. These stories are just eery. In fact, this now reminds me of my son’s nursery theme – Hey Diddle Diddle. The walls were bright yellow and blue, resembling sunlight and night at once. It was sort of a dream space with talking moons and lots and lots of cows.  Interesting.

Needless to say, I loved this show. As one of those parents who goes to art shows with child in tow and as the the woman responsible for a room where a multitude of cats played a fiddle to epically scary proportions, the work sparked up a fun and interesting dialogue about our current perception of these characters we grew up with.

The show will be up until Feb. 9th. Have a look and let me know what you think.

(First three images from LA Times: The Healing Study and Sanctuary by Ray Caesar, The Very First Time by Chris Anthony, Beloved by Ray Caesar/ Jan and Bruce Helford/ Gattus by Anita Kunz/ Big Bad Wolf by Paul Frank/ Last Frontier by Harma Heikens/ Furry Felicia by Colin Christian)

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