Pop Surreal Art Inspired by the French Aristocracy

Nataly (Kukula) Abramovitch returns to the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, California this Saturday, September 24, 2011 with twelve brand new paintings. Her second solo show at the gallery, entitled Lonely Opulent Things, celebrates the over-the-top ambiance of the French aristocracy. Drawing inspiration from her recent trip to the Palace of Versailles, the concept for Kukula's new show revolves around "the beauty of objects and how we make them parts of ourselves. At the same time, as we collect more and more beautiful things, we end up isolating ourselves behind walls of decadence."

In this show, Kukula examines the idea of detaching from the ugliness of reality. Elaborate surroundings such as lush floral embellishments, ornate pedestals, and classical cherubs provide the ideal escape from the rest of the world. "Flourishes are often dismissed as 'mere' decorations without substance," Kukula explains "but for me they are the substance that make life bearable."

Open to the public, the reception for Lonely Opulent Things will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 7 to 10pm, and the exhibition will be on view until October 15, 2011.

Corey Helford Gallery

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