Vallen's ART FOR A CHANGE Newsletter - June. 2006
1) - AT WORK: THE ART OF CALIFORNIA LABOR... Labor history through
the eyes of artists
4) -VALLEN'S WEB LOG... Art news, Rants and Raves
Oil Painting by Mark Vallen, 2006
WORK: THE ART OF CALIFORNIA LABOR
Labor history through the eyes of artists
June 13th - August 14th, 2006.
of Mark Vallen's paintings will be included in, At
Work: The Art of California Labor, a major exhibit
to take place at the Pico House Gallery in downtown Los
Angeles. Opening on June 13th, 2006, the exhibit displays
the works of artists past and present whoíve documented
the dignity and struggle of Californiaís labor movements,
from the chaotic 20th century to the present.
story of labor - which comprises passionate struggles
and triumphs as well as dehumanizing forces - has figured
largely in the art of our time.
At Work features
many of California's most noted artists. It is a combination
of original artwork from contemporary artists, and historical
works by noted artists like Diego Rivera, Dorothea Lange,
Tina Modotti and many others.
Saturday, June 17th, 2006. 7 - 10 pm.
by Marianna Gatto and Shervin Shahbazi, the LA presentation
of At Work incorporates the works of contemporary
artists like Malaquias Montoya, Richard Duffy, Doug Minkler,
Steve Wong, Ester Hernandez, Yolanda Lopez, Robbie Conal
and over 50 others.
Here's what Vallen has to say about the exhibition: ]
"At Work puts on view works by artists from
the 1930ís school of social realism, being in such company
is humbling to say the least, especially since Iíve long
regarded such artists as exemplars and major influences.
set out to create a new oil painting specifically for
the exhibition. Titled Solidarity, the painting
depicts a women participating in a labor rally. The action
itself is left ambiguous, it could be anything from a
striking unionís picket line to a march expressing unity
with workerís demands. However, one thing is made clear
by my painting, the new face of labor in California is
female and non-white, and this reality has infused the
modern-day labor movement with new energy and leadership."
was asked by the organizers of the L.A. exhibition to
put together an artistís panel discussion and slide show/lecture
that will further explore the themes presented in At
Work. He asked photographers Sheila
Pinkel and Slobodan
Dimitrov to join him in an exmination of artist's
responses to labor and its various struggles and triumphs.
This free public program will also be held in the Pico
The Picture?! Art & Social Change
Saturday, July 15th, from 6 - 9 pm
working on his painting, Solidarity.
Work: The Art of California Labor,
runs from June 13th through August 14th, 2006, at The
Pico House Gallery. The gallery lies just off of the old
plaza on Olvera Street, the cityís first street and the
symbolic heart of Los Angeles. The Pico House is located
at 424 North Main Street, Los Angeles, California 90012.
Phone: 213 485-6855. Open daily 10 am - 3 pm.
more details on the At
exhibit, including a list of scheduled events, previews
of artworks, and maps to the gallery, please visit: www.art-for-a-change.com/exhibits/atwork.htm