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
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.
Fabrik– hale Arts Space
Torrance Art Museum– Studio System
South Bay Contemporary Gallery– All Themes Considered Exhibition
Cerritos College Talon Marks News– Far Baazar 2017
Mount Saint Mary’s University– Material Success Exhibition
Constant Contact– Curators’ Picks
Fine Art Trekkin’ San Pedro– If I were a Carpenter group show
blurb– Flag Stop Catalogue
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
*Valerie Wilcox- Now Be Here LA artist #310