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Jeffrey Vallance

BornJeffrey Karl Reese Vallance ( 1955-01-25 ) January 25, 1955 (age 65) Redondo Beach, California , U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Known forArt
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For over thirty years, Jeffrey Vallance has turned critical and humorous eye toward his own wide-ranging experiences. Base on artists ' memories and adventures, Vallances drawings, sculptures, installations and performance-base works make reference to his childhood in California, voyages to Polynesian Islands and Iceland, residences in Las Vegas and Arctic, sojourn to Vatican, and to his celebrated Blinky Friendly Hen project in 1978, when he held funeral service for frozen supermarket Hen at Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park. Artists examination of these experiences combines pseudo-anthropological approach with art historically informed practice, and addresses themes of faith, myth, ritual popular culture, along with geopolitical landscapes of past and present. Born in 1955 in Redondo Beach, California, Vallance currently and works in Los Angeles. He received BFA from California State University, Northridge in 1979 and MFA from former Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles in 1981. 2004 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow, artist is currently visiting professor in New Genres at University of California in Los Angeles. Among Vallances ' many solo exhibitions since mid-1970s, his most notable include Vallance Bible at Centre d'edition in Geneva, Switzerland, Word of God at Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Vallance Bible at Centre d'edition contemporaine, Lars Pirak of Lapland, intervention project at Ajtte Sami Museum in Jokkmokk, Sweden, relics and Reliquaries at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA, De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal in Middelburg, Holland, preserving Americas Cultural Heritage at LACMALab, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Barbican Centre in London, Palais De Tokyo in Paris, Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, TX, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf in Germany, Tate Gallery in Liverpool, UK, UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Witte De With Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, among others.

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Early life

Raise in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, during that region's transformation from mix of agricultural and suburban communities into one enormous expanse of strip malls and cookie-cutter houses, much of Vallances early work is informed by regional iconography and pop culture, including his parents ' fascination with Polynesian / Tiki imagery, and, later, his stepfathers affection for President Richard M. Nixon. Vallance received BA in Art from California State University, Northridge, in 1979, and MFA from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, in 1981. Vallance is leading force in distinct version of Intervention Art called Infiltration Art. He creates art by interacting with real-world institutions, communities, politicians, religions, museums and pop-culture figures, tampering within structures to create change without creating conflict. His first public Infiltration took place in 1977, when, dressed as janitor, he snuck into Los Angeles County Museum of Art and exchanged gallery wall-socket plat with his own hand-painted versions. Vallances childhood involvement his local Lutheran church inspired much of his later interest in and depictions of religious subjects. Young Vallance was also influenced by morbid humor of Addams Family and Munsters television shows, and feature films Love One, Harold and Maude and Mondo Cane. His first formal training came from his maternal grandfather, Norwegian artist Karl Reese, for whom he is name. Vallances over 80 performances often involve interactions with foreign dignitaries, including audiences with King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga at Royal Palace in Nukualofa, Pope John Paul II at Vatican, and Icelandic presidents Vigdis Finnbogadottir and Olafur Ragnar Grimsson at Forseti Holl in Reykjavik. In early 1970s, during Cold War, Vallance corresponded with government officials in Soviet Union and Red China, trading political badges with communist party leaders. Because of his efforts, Vallance was investigated by US federal officials and earned 12-page FBI file. At Los Angeles Pierce College in mid 1970s, he created series of his own wallets, complete with photos & ID cards, that he purposefully lost at government and public institutions such as White House. Show in Library Building, wallets were displayed alongside letters receive, on official stationery, when they were returned to him by U. S. Mail. He also series of drawings of beard and bespectacled Dr. Loam. Series Depicts Good Dr. Interacting With Various And Sundry Aspects Of Life, Culminating With One Title Dr. Loam Get Lobotomy. Quickly execute in colorful on poster board, they were hung all over campus.

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Career

Many American youth Kon-Tiki with wide-eyed curiosity. Thor Heyerdahls's account of his open-raft journey to South Pacific is prime adolescent stuff. But few have been as inclined to act out promise of adventure as artist Jeffrey Vallance has. Some 20 years later, still inspired by Heyerdahl, Vallance begins series of trips to exotic and remote lands. In 1981, he flew from his home in Canoga Park to Island of Tonga where he met King and presented him with set of custom-make extra-extra-large swim fins. Vallance has also been received at Vatican, and his art has been accepted into Pope's personal collection. He is Rubens for our time, doing portraits of officials such as president of Iceland and District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry-after latters reported cocaine use was thought to have doomed his career. Vallance is also James Bond character who infiltrates institutions and bends them to his will. He transforms these adventures into sculptures and installations. Vallance Career Has Evolved Slowly, With Exhibitions And Sales At Respected National And International Institutions. Art issues Press recently published his book, World of Jeffrey Vallance: collect Writings 1978-1994-a travelers ' journal that occasionally seems lifted from annals of Ripleys Believe It or Not, including introduction by critic Dave Hickey. Retrospective Exhibition Based On Book Opens This Week At Santa Monica Museum Of Art. Gary Kornblau, editor of Art issues, said that he selected Vallance for book because he is rare artist who writes nonfiction in independent style with independent thoughts. Press Is Interested In Relationships Between Art And Power-Cultural Power, Political Power, Personal Power. Jeffreys works and Writings have bluntly engage with power-Not by criticizing but by engaging with it, visiting king of Tonga and so on. In that, it was perfect match for press ambitions. Hickey echoes this enthusiasm: Jeffrey treats whole world as sacred event without in any way attempting to mitigate its banality. His work is quotidian magic. During past three years, Vallance has been traveling constantly in Europe and United States, returning frequently to his native Los Angeles, where he is represented by Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica. In town recently to prepare for his retrospective, Vallance hold forth over lunch, talking in his flat Valley accent about art projects that have taken him all over world. Roly-poly And Ingenuous 40-year-old With Wire-rims Perch On His Upturned Nose And Blond Hair Cropped Short, Vallance Looks Like Grow-up Boy Scout. Dress in black sweat shirt and jeans, gold crucifix on chain around his neck doubling as pocketknife, he discusses his enterprises with seriousness that only amplifies work absurdity. Vallance begins by confessing that he was just interviewed by British Broadcasting Corp. For its upcoming special Tiki culture. There is resurgence of interest in classic Tiki culture of California, he say.

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