This Saturday the Corey Helford Gallery (8522 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA) is opening a new solo show by the phenomenally talented Andrew Brandou. “As A Man Thinketh, So He Is” features over thirty new paintings that “explore the history of Jim Jones and the People’s Temple, creating a visual roadmap of the Jonestown story.” Brandou, who comes from an animation background working on shows like The Simpsons, Duckman, Rugrats and Spongebob, is now focusing full-time on producing his own artwork, which is fine in my book since his personal paintings are incredibly fun and appealing, not to mention classically skillful.
More about the upcoming show from the press release:
Integrating wood from significant locales of JonesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ past into the series of acrylic and silver and gold leaf paintings, Andrew BrandouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stable of symbolic animal caricatures lead the viewer from Jim JonesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Indiana birthplace and his days as a young preacher in the San Francisco Bay Area to his final destination – Guyana. Through his vibrant and childlike imagery, Brandou translates tragic themes into engaging narratives that are as alive with cultural and religious references as they are just plain dark fun. The exhibition includes a life-size recreation of JonesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ iconic throne, on which patrons may have a specially framed commemorative Polaroid taken. Open to the public, the reception for Ã¢â‚¬Å“As A Man Thinketh, So He IsÃ¢â‚¬? will take place on Saturday, April 14 from 7 to 11pm, and the show will be exhibited until May 5, 2007.