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Corey Helford Gallery presents ‘Through A Glass Darkly’ by Troy Brooks (8/22)

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In March of 2019, I was all set to begin work on a series, titled Bloom, which was supposed to be my 2020 solo exhibition. I’d planned bright pinks and greens, with lots of foliage and things in a state of blossoming. But in September of 2019 (on Friday the 13th), I broke my foot. My studio is a 19th century converted bank with stairs and since sitting at an easel became impossible, I leaned back heavy into all my favorite old films; in particular, movies starring Joan Crawford, such as A Woman’s Face (1941) and Possessed (1947). The way her angular, chiseled bone structure catches the light in these films is poetic and the photographs of Crawford taken by George Hurrell were some of my most important training in the visual arts. When I was finally ready to go back to work, my mood had completely changed. All I could think about were these films that informed the entire thrust of my style.
Of all the genres of classic cinema that I have incorporated into my work, probably the most consequential has been film noir. With its atmospheric tension and hard-boiled glitz, this brooding style of visual story telling crammed a litany of narrative details into each frame surrounding its phantom temptresses. These films taught me everything I know about composition and light. I was particularly intrigued with how the absence of light seemed to illustrate a complicated narrative. One carefully placed shadow over the left eye could communicate a secret. A shadow over both eyes seemed to indicate a burden.
As a result of my convalescence, along with the added reclusive influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, this new series took a sharp turn from Springtime to midnight. I decided to call it Through A Glass Darkly as it not only suggests the shadowy quality of a lens, but also the biblical passage about not seeing clearly until the end. As my work is ultimately a series of self-portraits, it also suggests a mirror, which is the only interpretation of a work of art that survives.”
Through A Glass Darkly opens Saturday, August 22nd in Gallery 3, alongside a solo show from Okuda San Miguel, entitled The New Digital Love, in the Main Gallery and solo shows Birds of Paradise from Marie Larkin and A Rebrousse-Poil from Bruno Pontiroli in Gallery 2. Corey Helford Gallery is located at 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 and normal hours are Tuesday – Saturday, from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Please note: In order to keep our family of artists, collectors and staff safe, and in compliance with the COVID-19 state-wide mandate, the physical gallery will remain closed until further notice but can be reached via email at jch@coreyhelfordgallery.com.

About Troy Brooks:

Troy Brooks is a contemporary surrealist painter. His work presents an elaborate pageantry of female characters observed in allegorical settings. These women play out intimate scenes, usually caught in moments where something transformative has or is about to happen. The ‘women of Troy’ have become distinctive images on the contemporary pop surrealism scene.
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