Inspiration of the day-Now Be Here: Valerie Wilcox

11 May

Now Be Here: Valerie Wilcox #310

Feeling inspired after attending the historic event Now Be Here at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. My goal is to feature every artist that attended, one artist a day. Considering the number of artists that showed up, this will take me two years to complete. I am looking forward to getting to know the work of each and every artist!

Your inspiration for the day- Now Be Here edition: Valerie Wilcox

Passage, 2016 Mixed media 66.5x 41x 4″


In Valerie Wilcox’s “Constructs”, her works present a re-imagined understanding of our constructed environment, perceptions of our own identity and how our brain works to piece together diverse constituents. She works in the realm between painterly sculptures and sculptural paintings.

Relating to the “Casualist” movement and with ideas that in part reference Mary Shelley’s book, “Frankenstein”, Wilcox is forming these hybrid constructions using discarded remnants from varied projects. These unwanted “mistakes” are given a new life and, with bits and pieces of humble materials, appear as if they were casually cobbled together, off-kilter and with an imperfect resolution. The visible evidence of the maker’s hand, the odd assembly and disjointed mechanics in the works reveals her process and addresses our ideals of perfection versus inherent human fallibility.

Ambiguous shapes hover between a two dimensional plane and a three dimensional structure, often nuanced by the effects of light and shadow, thus playing with the idea of space and perception, but not necessarily the reality of it. Appearing as both sculpture and paintings, these “objects in space” emphasize the materials with which they were made as much as the painted surfaces.

Wilcox’s “Constructs” at once become referential, self-reflexive and whimsical, managing to transcend their base materiality, as her source materials are elevated and imbued with newness of form and function. Prejudice and perception, judgements and acceptance all play a part in her conversation with the viewer.

Valerie Wilcox

Untitled, 2015                                                       

Galerie Kunstkomplex

Durden & Ray

hale Arts Space

Los Angeles Art Association

Art Project Paia

Fabrik– hale Arts Space

Torrance Art Museum

Torrance Art Museum– Studio System

“Studio System” Residency- work in progress in the museum

South Bay Contemporary Gallery– All Themes Considered Exhibition

Cerritos College Talon Marks News– Far Baazar 2017

Mount Saint Mary’s University– Material Success Exhibition

ArtWorks for Healing

Diversions LA

Constant Contact– Curators’ Picks

Fine Art Trekkin’ San Pedro– If I were a Carpenter group show

Saatchi Art


blurb– Flag Stop Catalogue

Migratory Marks 6 (detail), 2012 Den Contemporary


Now Be Here NY Times

Now Be Here LA Times

Now Be Here Huffington Post

Now Be Here KCET

Now Be Here Art and Cake

Now Be Here Inside a Tipping Point

Now Be Here Film by Eric Minh Swenson

*The idea for the amazing Now Be Here event came from the brilliant mind of artist Kim Schoenstadt.

*Valerie Wilcox- Now Be Here LA artist #310

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