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Will Fowler, <I>Untitled</i> (2005)

Will Fowler, Untitled (2005)

{mosimage}Adam Helms’ “Rising Down” at Sister

The title work in Adam Helms’ “Rising Down” consists of a series of inkjet prints on Mylar of dead guerrillas and terrorists that Helms appropriated from the media and the Internet and rearranged. The name of both the show and this work is taken from a William T. Vollmann quote referring to the destruction and violence inevitably sparked by revolution. The faces of all of these men, no longer hidden or in disguise, stay with you long after taking in the inky black drawings of hoods and masks that line the wall. All have empty white eyeholes, which reinforces the government/media depersonalization of the “enemy.” The rich and opaque black ink on the translucent Mylar has the effect of being immediately and viscerally satisfying, and the drawings’ simplicity only increases the power of such symbols.

437 Gin Ling Way, L.A. | www.sisterla.com | (213) 628-7000 | Through February 24


Benefit sale for Jennifer Chbeir and Aaron Curry at David Kordansky Gallery

Artist Aaron Curry and his wife, Jennifer Chbeir, have made L.A. their home for the past four years and are a big part of the local art community. Over the holidays, Jennifer was hospitalized due to Alagille syndrome, and is currently awaiting a liver transplant. Many artists and their galleries have donated works to this benefit exhibition, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Jennifer Chbeir Medical Fund to help cover the astronomical costs. There are some stellar pieces, including one of Liz Larner’s porcelain “smile” sculptures, a collage by Richard Hawkins, and a gorgeous black-and-white drawing of a pond by David Ratliff. The growing artist list also includes Amy Bessone, Matthew Brannon, Brian Calvin, Sarah Conaway, Will Fowler, Erik Frydenborg, Thomas Houseago, Nathan Hylden, Brett Lund, Jason Meadows, Anthony Pearson, Stephen Rhodes, Amanda Ross Ho, Sterling Ruby, Mindy Shapero and Kristen Stoltmann. Contact the gallery for more information or to make donations; sales through February 28.

510 Bernard St., L.A. | (323) 222-1482 | www.davidkordanskygallery.com


Another benefit for another good cause

The Charity by Numbers auction benefiting the Alliance for Children’s Rights, featuring Gary Baseman–organized artists altering pre-existing paint-by-numbers pieces, continues on eBay and the Corey Helford Gallery Web site.

8522 Washington Blvd., Culver City | (310) 287-2340 | www.coreyhelfordgallery.com