Grimm's Fairy Tales Inspired Artwork in L.A. on Exhibit

Grimm's Fairy Tales Inspired Artwork in L.A. on Exhibit
Cella Gallery
Updated: 09-29-2011


Cella Gallery Presents: Grimm Tales
A group show of Grimm's Fairy Tales featuring work by Cory Benhatzel and Steven Daily
Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 8th, 8–11pm
11135 Weddington St. #112
North Hollywood CA 91601
On View: October 8th – November 12th
The Brothers Grimm's collection of dark folktales serves as inspiration for this unique group exhibition. The tales, originally published in 1812, are a magical, scary, comedic and often violent journey, well reflecting the capricious and cruel times in which the Brothers Grimm lived. And, although the original tales underlie much of what we are familiar with today in children's literature and cinema (it can be argued that the entire history of the Disney company is of Grimms' influence beginning with the company's first animated feature film, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'), the exhibit draws more from the original works than from the softened versions children are familiar with now.
Without sparing viewers from the dark originations of the tales, artists Cory Benhatzel and Steven Daily deftly interpret many of our most cherished stories from childhood. Each artist, in their own distinct style, have created hauntingly beautiful paintings that without words, communicate clearly the frightening consequences of disobeying your Stepmother, laying a cruel hand on a helpless creature, or simply walking off the dark forest path. The exhibition also features a unique group show of work applied directly to the outside covers and bindings of Grimm's Fairy Tale books. Artists include Marisa Cody, Wendy Crabb, Paul D'Elia, WB Fontenot, Ashley Fontenot, Amber Johnson, Kim Kimbro, Thea Saks, Wiley Wallace and more. Cory Louise Benhatzel aka "Cory Lou" earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art & Design. Cory's artistic love has always been painting and drawing, but has also tried her hand at tattooing, photography, experimental video and art gallery work. Cory finds inspiration through natural references in the forms of skulls, birds and flowers, which she carefully draws onto wooden boards. Then, through meticulous, thinly applied layers of acrylic paint, a glowing, almost three-dimensional quality is achieved. Cory's unique style emerges through the techniques of translucent watercolor and opaque acrylic painting. Cory's work has been shown extensively throughout the United States. This is her first show with Cella Gallery. Steven Daily painted a ribbon of bows and a track of scars across North America during his formative years. It was during these years that his passion for art was sparked and began to flourish. After attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Steven took it upon himself to develop a style as individual to the world as he was. Graffiti played an enormous role in his learning, teaching him patience as well as color theory and composition. Some of the astonishing entities that have shared Steven's dreams and nightmares include Disney, Lucas Arts, Sony, Dark Horse Comics, Slave Labor Graphics and HBO. Steven's paintings are emotionally evocative and his sizeable body of work has been shown in numerous galleries nationwide.
Who: “Grimm Tales” featuring Cory Benhatzel and Steven Daily with new work by Marisa Cody, Wendy Crabb, Paul D’Elia, WB Fontenot, Kim Kimbro, Thea Saks, Wiley Wallace and more.
What: FREE Opening Reception with Artists in Attendance
Where: Cella Gallery, 11135 Weddington St. #112, North Hollywood, CA 91601
When: Saturday, October 8th, 8-11 pm
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