Aly Helyer: Everything is Borrowed | April Bey: I Know All About What You Want to Know All About
1700 S Santa Fe Ave #101, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Saturday, April 6 at 4:00 PM 6:00 PM
Ends May 18, 2024
Aly Helyer: Everything is Borrowed Vielmetter Los Angeles is pleased to present Everything Is Borrowed, London-based artist Aly Helyer’s first solo exhibition with the gallery on view from April 6th through May 18th, 2024. Blending elements of classical painting with nontraditional portraiture, Helyer’s distinct visual language speaks to the complexities of the human experience and the diverse depths of our personalities. The exhibition features a range of recent dreamlike enigmatic portraits, each offering a glimpse into the artist’s meticulous craftsmanship and evocative imagination. Helyer’s works begin as drawings often composed of fragments from fashion magazines, memory, and imagination. The paintings are both materially and instinctually driven, derived by the intimacy of how paint is laid down. Layer upon layer a psychological narrative slowly unfolds, as instinct and form intermingle to suggest mystery, tenderness, as well as times of solitude and or togetherness. - April Bey: I Know All About What You Want to Know All About Vielmetter Los Angeles is excited to present I Know All About What You Want to Know All About, April Bey’s first exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition centers on the library and librarians of “Atlantica”, the artist’s imagined alternate universe where glitter is the currency and where visitors travel via portals of flora and fauna. Bey’s work is deeply rooted in her rigorous reading practice, her love of books and her obsession with Sci-Fi. She incorporates colorful faux fur, glitter, vinyl and woven textiles such as brocade and velvet–materials rich in queerness–to craft icons around the images of real-life figures from her community. Her work, which spans across multiple media such as printed textiles, synthography, weaving and elaborate stitching, reflects her background in printmaking and design and results in richly layered works rooted in the intersections of post-colonialism, Speculative Futurism, internet culture, and feminism. Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles, with Photo credit to Jeff McLane and Richard Ivey.
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