Introducing: Mercedes Helnwein

East of Eden

Artist Mercedes Helnwein will be presenting new works in a solo show at Merry Karnowsky Gallery.  The title was inspired by Steinbeck (who was initially inspired by the all mighty Bible) and we believe it lends itself perfectly to the drama that exudes from each carefully rendered piece.

If you like what you see, don’t miss White Walls’ Winter Group Show opening December 12th, 2009 where Mercedes will be among the group.

Here are a few words from the lady herself:

This is my new exhibition.

I’m going to say a few quick profound things about it which you can either read or skip, but people ask all the time what things mean, so this is my attempt to counter-act the impending questions.

I’ll begin by stating the obvious: I am using a title that John Steinbeck gave to a book he wrote, which was published in 1952, and which is a work of art that I admire ridiculously and helplessly. Steinbeck in turn got it from the Bible.

But I don’t necessarily mean to make a direct reference to the Bible or even to Steinbeck’s book – although traces of it I know have lodged themselves deep into my anatomy, as they should. Rather, I’m making a reference to the quiet and startling drama those words are heavy with in my opinion.

They give me the idea of something fatally misplaced by a few inches. Transparently wrong, but maybe in such a gentle way that it can go unnoticed by millions of onlookers.

The imagery in this show is kind of hinged on that idea. The work was mostly finished when I put the title on it, but as always, the right title explains a lot of things to myself about my work.

I think it’s safe to presume that “East of Eden” is a good match. There’s probably someone out there who disagrees, but as R. Crumb said the other night, “You can’t please everyone.”

Below is all the info for you to get to the exhibition. I hope you will make it. You are excused if there is a major body of water in the way.

All the best,

New Works by Mercedes Helnwein

November 14 – December 19, 2009

Opening Reception: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 8-11pm
Hosted by Jason Lee

170 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA. 90036
tel: 323-933-4408


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