April 17th sees Los Angeles artist open his second solo show at Corey Helford Gallery entitled ‘Between Butterflies’. Petker’s new series of work displays a thematic evolution, creating narratives about change and renewal. Drawing inspiration from fashion and beauty, Petker’s painted muses are catalysts of change and icons of reinvention, adorned in gold and neon accents.
Petker explains, “I can create a new reality for this person or image. I can put them in a new context, or in new colors. But that’s what we all do with fashion. Look at Lady Gaga or more interestingly the people who admire her. She creates new identities for herself. New contexts. Humans yearn to do this, – create meaning and context – and we admire those that do this visually. This show explores my interest in the fleeting identities based on fashion and beauty, the idea that a look, a style, or fame itself can be an identity with purpose. Or, for others of a religious nature, how their belief in what happens after life constructs their identity and purpose while alive.”
Joshua Petker ‘Between Butterflies’ will run through to May 5th 2010 at Corey Helford Gallery.
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232