Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Buff Monster: The Sweetest Thing

After moving from Hawaii to LA, Buff Monster spent his days earning degrees in fine art and business administration at the University of Southern California while covering the streets with hand-screened posters by night. He has since worked on projects with Nike, Vans, Hurley, Vivid, and Hustler and recently completed an installation at Hollywood's Standard Hotel. Buff Monster's work has been featured in publications such as Juxtapoz, Artweek, and the New York Times, and he has exhibited in numerous galleries worldwide — including Gallery 1988, 181 Martel, New Image Art, OX-OP, and Andenken Gallery. This summer, he launched a signature line of toys at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The above piece is currently displayed as part of Corey Helford Gallery's The Sweetest Thing. This aptly titled exhibition submerges viewers in a candy-coated, anime-inspired world. His riffs on the "Superflat" style feature kaiju-esque characters and their geometric environments rendered in a limited palette of pink, black, and silver. The Sweetest Thing features works of various sizes on custom birch panels that refine street art's raw aesthetic into complex compositions that draw equally on graphic design and art-historical conventions. Buff Monster creates a world in which East meets West, external meets internal, and smarts meet the pleasure centers of your brain.

Opens Saturday Aug 23 (7–10pm)
Aug 23 – Sep 2
Tuesdays–Saturdays (noon–6pm)

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles

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