“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos,” said Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. She might have been describing her process in writing the classic novel, or she could have been coaching the 100 artists who contributed to “Frankenstein200,” an exhibit celebrating the 200th anniversary of the book’s 1818 publication, at Corey Helford Gallery through Oct. 13.
Included are works by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, as well as cult comic book artist Tom Neely and the artist Chogrin, the exhibition’s curator, who put out a worldwide call to artists to mark the occasion. “I wanted to do a mix of all the different Frankensteins over the years, a Frankenstein mashup,” he says of his own rendition of the monster sewn together from a dozen variations.
“Being from a mixed family, half-Latino, half-American, I kind of relate to Frankenstein in the way where he’s made up of different parts. I’ve always felt that way, sometimes not belonging, not knowing who you are,” Chogrin says. “I think a lot of those universal themes, artists, specifically artists of the disenfranchised, find very appealing with Frankenstein.”
Corey Helford Gallery, 571 S. Anderson St., downtown; (310) 287-2340, coreyhelfordgallerycom. Tue.-Sat., noon-6 p.m.; runs thru Oct. 13; free.