Corey Helford Gallery is proud to present 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.”
Ten years ago the founder of Waxploitation, Jeff Antebi, had an idea to ask his favorite music artists and favorite contemporary painters to come together and collaborate on original children’s stories for a benefit project.
Today, 29 of those pairings make up the 350 page book project called Stories for Ways & Means. The book includes original collaborations with Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Frank Black, Justin Vernon, Laura Marling, Devendra Banhart, Alison Mosshart and Kathleen Hanna as well as painters/illustrators like Anthony Lister, Joe Coleman, Dan Baldwin, Swoon, Will Barras, James Jean, Ronzo, Kai & Sunny, and more. Guest narrators came along for fun as featured voices in short promo films: Danny Devito, Zach Galifianakis, Nick Offerman, Phil LaMarr, King Krule, and Lauren Lapkus.
Proceeds from sales of the book primarily benefit Room to Read, Pencils of Promise, and 826 National among a number of non-profits working to build schools and educate children around the world.