Jeffrey Vallance

Feature: Artillery Magazine

May 4, 2014 - Tulsa Kinney

Veils, curated by Ariana Ppademetropoulos and Jhordan Dahl, the Underground Museum
April 5 - May 22, 2014

Who knew? Who knew that Andy Warhol would become an angel, full of love and the love of God and the beauty that surrounds him in the heavens above? Last night, at the Underground Museum in Los Angeles, artist Jeffrey Vallance conducted a séance with psychic medium JosephRoss.

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Interview: East of Borneo

December 3, 2013 - Damon Willick

"I should explain that I’ve always made two kinds of work. I was actually trained as an artist by my grandfather who was a Norwegian folk artist. So the first thing I learned was how to make folk art, and that has always influenced my work. Sometimes people think that I am using a fake folk art style, but it’s really not. That’s how I learned to paint. At the same time, I was into doing pranks, which were really about interacting with my environment and people that I’d see..."
-Jeffrey Vallance 

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Review: Frieze Magazine

June 1, 2012 - Samuel Gross

"Vallance does not hesitate to make use of his artistic freedom – respectfully but with courage and humour – by appropriating this most connotation-laden of literary forms. He intervenes in the debate about the truth of sacred texts – a debate that remains politicized, precisely because religion transformed into truth tends to challenge the secular autonomy of the state."

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Review: Art in America

March 29, 2010 - Elanor Heartney

Jeffrey Vallance: Relics and Reliquaries, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Januaray 9 - February 6, 2010

"Beneath the humor here was an underlying air of pathos, as objects with no intrinsic value or interest were redeemed by our attention. Vallance, who has worked before at the nexus of religion and popular culture, reminds us that the great spiritual traditions award a special place to the lost, the overlooked and the almost forgotten."

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Review: Art Forum

April 10, 2008 - Jan Tumlir

Jeffrey Vallance: BELIEF SYSTEM: 1970s Political Work and Reliquary Chapels, Margo Leavin Gallery
October 31 - December 19, 2007 

"If Los Angeles were Paris, Jeffrey Vallance would surely be delcared a national treasure, yet I'm convinced that any such public recongniation of his peculiar genius would serve only to puncture it."

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Review: Art Ltd Magazine

January 1, 2008 - Sharon Mizota

Jeffrey Vallance: BELIEF SYSTEM: 1970s Political Work and Reliquary Chapels, Margo Leavin Gallery
October 31 - December 19, 2007 

"'Belief System: 1970s Political WOrk and Reliquary Chapels' combines two seemingly disparate bodies of work: a series of ornate, personal reliquaries from the last two years and a collection of correspondence with U.S. senators from the late '70s, when Vallance was in his early 20s. What emerges from this strange juxtaposition is indeed a kind of belief system: a relentless self-obession behind which flickers the shadows of more serious, collective concerns."

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Review: LA Times

November 30, 2007 - Christopher Knight

Jeffrey Vallance: BELIEF SYSTEM: 1970s Political Work and Reliquary Chapels, Margo Leavin Gallery
October 31 - December 19, 2007 

"What connects this precocious early work to Vallance's latest reliquaries is their shared cheerfully revealing collision between the intensely private and the resolutely public, the personal and the institutional. It's a place we all inhabit."

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Review: Frieze Magazine

June 1, 1995 - David Pagel

Jeffrey Vallance: The World of Jeffrey Vallance, The Santa Monica Museum of Art
April 8 - June 11, 1995 

"‘The World of Jeffrey Vallance’ is a fun place to visit. You can go there without really leaving suburban American culture behind. Which isn’t to say that the readily accessible yet profoundly idiosyncratic domain inhabited by the peripatetic artist’s paintings, drawings and sculptures is anything like the bland, pre-programmed space in which artists predisposed to being social critics insist we all live."

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