On display: “Corey Pemberton: Home / Body,” the artist’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast at UNREPD in Los Angeles

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THE PORTRAITS Corey pemberton captures people he knows at home. The artist describes his subjects as “people in his life whose bodies and identities lie outside the traditional racial, gendered and sexualized boundaries of banality”. Pemberton’s current exhibit brings these two concerns together. His paintings depict people in private moments in safe spaces of their own making. Its subjects may feel vulnerable and otherwise in a larger society. At home they are enveloped in the comfort and freedom and luxury of time for contemplation and rest.

Presented at UNREPD in Los Angeles, “home / body” presents new mixed media paintings, including a self-portrait. Maurice Harris, founder of the Bloom & Plume floral design studio in Echo Park, is the subject of three of the portraits on display, including two nudes. Pemberton’s models have an imposing presence, but the interiors in which he places them are characters in themselves. Highly designed and highly personalized with meaningful objects, the domestic scenes are infused with color and layered with architectural details, modern furniture, stacks of books, plants, vases filled with fresh flowers, and a vivid mix of wallpaper. patterned, bedding, cushions, and rugs. Art is also omnipresent, bringing the walls to life.

Pemberton, who grew up in Reston, Virginia, lives and works in Los Angeles. Considering his attention to the domestic, it seems fitting that Pemberton’s first solo exhibit on the West Coast be shown at UNREPD, a new contemporary art gallery housed in a vintage designer furniture showroom. Founded in West Hollywood by Sarah Mantilla Griffin and Tricia Benitez Beanum, the gallery works with emerging and mid-career artists who identify as BIPOC, female or non-binary.

“We started looking specifically for people who had something to say that might be interesting, that might be new, that might be fresh, that might be controversial,” Mantilla Griffin said. “UNREPD is a space of emergence. What does that mean exactly? It means that things that have not been seen or heard can be brought to light. ” CT

“Corey Pemberton: home / body” is on view at UNREPD in Los Angeles, Calif. From September 18 to October 18. 18, 2021

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COREY PEMBERTON, “The Collector”, 2021 (acrylic, inkjet prints and pressed flowers on canvas, 60 x 72 inches). | © Corey Pemberton


COREY PEMBERTON, “Tout change, tout bouge”, 2021 (acrylic, inkjet prints and pressed flowers on canvas, 36 x 48 inches). | © Corey Pemberton


COREY PEMBERTON, “Maurice”, 2021 (acrylic, inkjet and graphite prints on canvas. 36 “x 48”). | © Corey Pemberton, photo by Jamaal Tolbert


Installation view of “Corey Pemberton: Home / Body”, UNREPD, Los Angeles (Sep 18-Oct 18, 2021). | Photo by Ace Misiunas


COREY PEMBERTON, “And Yet It Seems No One Is Impressed,” 2021 (acrylic, found textiles, window glass and inkjet prints on canvas, 60 x 72 inches). | © Corey Pemberton


Installation view of “Corey Pemberton: Home / Body”, UNREPD, Los Angeles (Sep 18-Oct 18, 2021). | Photo by Ace Misiunas


Installation view of “Corey Pemberton: Home / Body”, UNREPD, Los Angeles (Sep 18-Oct 18, 2021). | Photo by Ace Misiunas


COREY PEMBERTON, “Me and Some of My Favorite Things,” 2021 (acrylic, graphite, hand-cut paper and inkjet prints on canvas, 48 ​​x 60 inches). | © Corey Pemberton


Artist Corey Pemberton (center) with UNREPD co-founders, left to right, Tricia Benitez Beanum and Sarah Mantilla Griffin. | Photo courtesy of UNREPD


Tricia Benitez Beanum, who operates art consultancy firm Art House Market, and Sarah Mantilla Griffin, owner of Pop-Up Home, explain why they came together to form UNREPD. | Video by UNREDP

TOP IMAGE: Installation view of “Corey Pemberton: Home / Body”, UNREPD, Los Angeles (Sep 18-Oct 18, 2021). | Photo by Ace Misiunas

LEARN MORE about Corey Pemberton on his website

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