See more photos in Shannon Cottrell's photo gallery, “D*Face 'Going Nowhere Fast' Opens at Corey Helford Gallery.”
“The thing is, LA for me is all the irony of my work, but everything I love about where I would want to live,” said British street artist D*Face when we interviewed him last week. (Read the conversation in “D*Face Comes to L.A.: British Street Artist Talks Advertising, Skating and Punk Rock.”)
It was the darker side of Los Angeles, chiefly, obsessions with fame, that were on display Saturday night for the opening of D*Face's solo show, “Going Nowhere Fast,” at Corey Helford Gallery. The Culver City gallery, which has recently been home to solo shows from Luke Chueh, Alex Pardee and Sylvia Ji, hosted a red carpet event for the opening. The irony, though, was that anyone could walk the red carpet as long as you had the patience to stand in line. As you crossed the rope and walked past the gruesome rendition of the Oscar statue, fake paparazzi snapped away with almost blinding flashes.
Inside the venue, impersonators of Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol milled through the party. On the walls, D*Face's paintings referenced icons of mid-to-late 20th century art like Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring. The line between commenting on celebrity and actual celebrity was blurred, however, when we saw people with D*Face autographs or snapping photos of party guest Shepard Fairey. One can only imagine that such a scene only adds to the artist's statement.
D*Face “Going Nowhere Fast” will be at Corey Helford Gallery through April 27.
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