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Pedro E. Guerrero

February 3, 2017 - Scarlet Cheng

(Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Culver City) Pedro E. Guerrero was a photographer who is now being rediscovered, especially after the documentary "Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey" was aired on PBS a couple years ago. In 1939 when he was 22, he found his life's calling when hired by Frank Lloyd Wright to shoot the construction of Taliesin West. Wright so liked the results that he invited the young man to join his Fellowship, and Guerrero documented the architect's work for the next two decades. 


Article: Albertini 2014

December 28, 2016 - Rosanna Albertini

So what does good art do in 2016 that is different from the time of the Renaissance. Satan took his revenge then more than now, killing the artists, and everybody else, at a very young age. If you take it cum grano salis, simply following your good sense, you might say ‘a lot,’ and yet there is no change in the dreamlike essence of art. Think of Piero della Francesca painted eyes looking into eternity, almost extracting their bodies from earthly, painful struggles for survival. Good artists know perfectly that names and images and facts are masks of inner uncertainties, like stickers we peel from the refrigerator. We still don’t remember what’s inside.The point is our presence in the landscape: and Jeffrey Vallance is the wizard artist showing our uncomfortable loss of power once our ordinary self confidence goes to hell. Satan’s most subtle intrusion. What happens then? There is no more separation between our animal self and the tentacular temptations of a rationalized landscape reducing to dead meat our hopes and desires.

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Celebrating a Rugged Vision of Landscape Architecture

December 23, 2016 - Alexandra Lange

A waterfall flows in downtown Portland, Ore., ribbons and rivulets of water cascading over slabs of rough, reddish concrete into pools filled with wading children in the summer. Down a tree-lined path, great planted hills pop from the sidewalk. A stepped basin opens up between buildings, looking like a natural spring bursting through the pavement.These bold environments, strung across an eight-block section in the city center, were designed by the modernist landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and his firm between 1965 and 1970, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. They are celebrated, along with more than two dozen other parks, pools, and gardens, in "The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin” an exhibition in Washington commemorating Mr. Halprin’s centennial that runs through April 16.

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Datebook: Los Angeles Times

December 1, 2016 - Carolina A. Miranda

An artist known for drawing from a wide array of media that brings together both painting and performance, Vallance's latest exhibition takes on the election, among other subjects, in collages that feature political placards along with the artist's expressive drawings. These are visceral assemblages that wryly comment on the nature of beauraucracy, corruption, politics, and society-- in ways that are way more fun than CNN. 

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Review: Huffington Post

November 23, 2016 - Juri Koll

I was out gallery-hopping along La Cienega Blvd. one sunny day just before the election, and walked into Edward Cella's gallery. It was the end of the previous show. There were drawings leaning against the wall in the reception area that I recognized as Jeffrey Vallance's work, and inquired about one of the smaller ones (which later sold at the opening unfortunately). The Registrar, Sarah, and her gallery-mate John, were very open, enthusiastic about the show coming up. Later Mr. Cella came out and greeted me warmly - we had just met. To (perhaps) repeat an abused term, I immediately realized the uniquely casual atmosphere in the gallery reflected the artist’s ‘temperament’. Jeffrey’s work has always intrigued me because of the wide variety of media used, his relationship to his personal experiences, how he finds himself in unusual situations, to be absorbed, utilized, responded to. After a brief how-do-you-do at the opening I left him to his own devices, as he is engaging and conversational, anything but aloof to the attention paid to him in public. 

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From Abstract Icons to Metaphysical Glyphs | City of the Seekers

November 23, 2016 - Tanja M. Laden

When religious and cultural symbols are removed from their corresponding set of principles, iconography becomes a series of abstract glyphs. In her art practice, Helen Rebekah Garber extracts the images and representations tied to religion while deflecting established aesthetic structures, and her dismantling of the building blocks of ideology leads to a compellingly nonrepresentational visual lexicon.Garber approaches each piece of her art as though she's forming a kind of visual riddle or invocation. "I’m interested in iconic form and also the dissection of that form with intricate subparts that provide further details relating to the entire context," Garber tells The Creators Project. "Peak experiences in the abstract and the underlying patterns in nature are also recurring themes within my work. Codexes act as delivery systems for secret messages."

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Feature: Argonaut Online

November 17, 2016 - Christina Campodonico

Three big names ran for president this year, but the one you didn’t see on your ballot was that of artist Jeffrey Vallance. While Trump and Clinton were duking it out, Vallance ran his own mock campaign of sorts — building a platform based on vintage campaign slogans, automatic writing and symbols that have reoccurred throughout his decades-long career as one of Los Angeles’ most provocative and pioneering artists. Known as an infiltration artist and something of a professional prankster, Vallance has made a name for himself by investigating and inserting himself into institutional processes both bureaucratic and arcane.

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Pick of the Week: Artillery

November 17, 2016 - Ezrha Jean Black

Jeffrey Vallance was already something of a legend when I first became acquainted with his work – an ‘interventionist’ style of conceptual art in which the performance became a kind of deconstructed cultural inquiry. My first impression came by way of captioned illustrations with accompanying narrative (appearing in the L.A. Weekly), a kind of anthropological scrapbook replete with schematic drawings of quasi-iconic images, national insignia, commercial artifacts, transit documents and correspondence with government bureaucrats.

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Seattle Times Review: Amir Zaki

November 11, 2016 - Michael Upchurch

Buildings that don't behave like buildings. Water that doesn't behave like water. Trees that don't behave like trees.. The self-described "hybrid photography" of Amir Zaki nails the essence of the subjects he  captures on camera while also making them cryptic of confounding. Rules of perspective and spatial logic are frequently and ingeniously tossed aside. 

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