Waxploitation Stories For Ways & Means

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Corey Helford Gallery presents a special exhibit, Waxploitation Stories For Ways & Means, opening Saturday, June 23 in Gallery Three. Co-curated by Caro Buermann and Waxploitation Records founder Jeff Antebi, this is the companion exhibition of the children’s benefit book project of the same name: a 350 page coffee table art book with short stories written by world famous musicians such as Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Frank Black, Devendra Banhart, among others, accompanied by original art by living legends such as Anthony Lister, Dan Baldwin, Swoon, Will Barras, James Jean, Ronzo, Kai & Sunny, and many more. A portion of proceeds from both the book project and the art show will benefit Room to Read, 826 National, Pencils of Promise, and War Child. The exhibit features over two dozen drawings, paintings and illustrations from the book.

Released in 2016, Stories For Ways & Means is ten years in the making, and also includes animated short films featuring narration from Zach Galifianakis, Danny Devito, Nick Offerman, and more.

“I’ve always been interested in songwriters who craft compelling stories to music, and painters who tell stories with a single canvas.  Stories for Ways & Means allows me an opportunity to blend both into one project” explains curator Jeff Antebi, who created the book. “The artists I collaborated with are ones who I felt represented ‘outsiders’ because children in some ways are also ‘outsiders’ sometimes, viewing the world of adults around them. It seemed fun to have these artists speaking to kids with their unique points of view.”

The full list of collaborations so far is:

Kathleen Hanna + Clare Rojas
Eugene Hutz (of Gogol Bordello) + Candice Tripp
John Vanderslice + James Jean
Amadou Bagayoko (of Amadou & Mariam) + Will Barras
Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal (of Buena Vista Social Club) + Herakut
Song Yuzhe + Asha Zero
Tom Waits + Joe Coleman
Nick Cave + Anthony Lister
Alison Mosshart + Dan Baldwin
Frank Black (of Pixies) + Kai & Sunny
Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) + Sage Vaughn
Devendra Banhart + Daniel Muñoz “SAN”
Jim James (My Morning Jacket) + Jacob Escobedo
Laura Marling + Maria Rivans
Matthew Dear + Josie Morway
Elliphant + Carlin Diaz
Will Oldham + Swoon
Gary Numan + Cinta Vidal
Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof + Kyotaro
Spencer Krug + SEPE
Del the Funky Homosapean + Ronzo
Micachu + Kirsty Whiten
Jason Lytle + “Heisuke Kitazawa or PCP”
Anna Von Hausswolff +Alessia Iannetti
Alec Empire + Lidia De Pedro
Sera Cahoone + David Bray
Gibby Haynes + Daniel Anum Jasper
Örvar Smárason + Lóa Hjálmtýsdóttir