August 2 – September 2, 2017
Fly Okay is the alias of artist Sara Wilson, whose imaginative, colorful digital paintings and illustrations have previously been featured in group exhibits at Helikon. Phree Town marks Fly Okay’s first-ever solo exhibit with Helikon and features an array of prints centered around characters inspired by her experiences in Koreatown, L.A.
In the artist’s words: “Phree Town is a show that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, heavily inspired by my time living in Koreatown, Los Angeles. My first impression of the place was that it was just extremely free; it was the dark kind of freedom and the light kind of freedom happening all at the same time. I wanted to create a series of paintings that visually communicated the grungy, chaotic, beautiful, yet free side of Koreatown in a surreal, over-the-top, and dreamy way. The creatures and figures you see in the series are all reflections of the many characters I encountered in the constantly changing urban jungle.”
About Fly Okay: “My name is Sara Wilson, also known as Fly Okay. I am a digital painter and illustrator that has an obsession with all things dreamy, slightly dark and surreal. My work harks to colorful, fantastical worlds full of monsters, cute animals, and dreamy settings. I have exhibited my work all over the country through the means of galleries, pop up shops, and comic conventions.”