Yesterday: Kaari Upson
As with Foulkes, Jeffrey Vallance’s best work emerges when his personal life bumps up against the social and political, as it does when faux naïve correspondence and elaborate plans bring him face-to-face with various heads of state. But you need to read the back-story for his work to have full effect.Jeffrey Vallance's Brown Wall at Home
Vallance’s installation at the Hammer, a re-creation of The Brown Wall (2008) from his home, is most interesting when we know of the high jinks and adventures necessary to obtain the bric-a-brac. For viewers familiar with Blinky—the chicken he bought at the grocery store, had interred at a pet cemetery, then had dug up years later and autopsied—a chicken bone may carry more meaning than meets the eye. Unfortunately, the collection of artifacts on Vallance’s brown wall substitutes quantity for the contextualization that makes his work funny and engaging. In a way it is like viewing vacation slides without the narration.
Relics and Reliquaries by Jeffery Vallance
Tomorrow: Charlie White