The Devil Made Me Do It

Painter, photographer, gearhead, Japanese toy collector, and all-around-nice-guy COOP will celebrate the opening of his new solo show at Corey Helford Gallery this Friday, May 29 from 7-10pm. You have most likely seen COOP before – commercially working with MTV and Altoids, or showing at the Gallery Sixspace, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, or La Luz de Jesus Gallery (all in Los Angeles). Maybe you recognize his trademark style from one of the now classic gig posters he created for seminal bands from the ’90s.

The subject matter is masculine and all-American, which is to say it’s vintage Coop. The canvases are littered with voluptuous vixens, trademark Coop characters, and hot rod ephemera. This is “pop art” in the best sense; “lowbrow” at its most enjoyable — original recipe, finger-licking good, super-charged with nitrous-oxide.

The new works on display in this Culver City gallery are more visually dense and layered than previous works. This comes as more of a logical progression rather than any sort of departure. New techniques and materials are on display, most notably stencils and spray paint. The colors are vibrant and bold; the compositions are tightly controlled as always.

With an original score by film composer and musical legend Mark Mothersbaugh, the opening promises to be a double barrel of fun. If Corey Helford’s previous hootenannies are any barometer, there should be a generous assortment of snacks (err, hors d’ oeuvres) and an open bar. Stay thirsty, my friends.

-By Peter Lee

COOP’s new show opens this Friday, May 29, 7 – 10 pm at the Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. The show closes June 20th.

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