Jeffrey Vallance

Jeffrey VallanceArtist’s Statement

My art practice incorporates a certain system: I research my subject, travel and interact with people in the field and carry out a performance on location. Upon returning to the studio, I make a series of work in widely ranging materials and genres. The results are exhibited and a text is published in the form of a book or article. To understand an institution or culture, I feel like I must work from the inside. My work blurs the lines between object making, installation, performance, curating and writing. Critics have described my work as an indefinable cross-pollination of many disciplines. Often my installations are exhibited in site-specific locations. Examples include such projects as burying a frozen chicken at a pet cemetery, researching the myth of Tiki in Polynesia, having audiences with the king of Tonga and the queen and president of Palau, meeting with two presidents of Iceland, creating a Richard Nixon Museum, traveling to the Vatican and Turin to study Christian relics and curating shows in the so-called fabulous museums of Las Vegas. In Lapland, I researched and constructed a shamanic drum. In Orange County, I curated the only art-world exhibition of the Painter of Light Thomas Kinkade.


Select Solo Exhibitions from 2010-2014

Enamel Paintings: Idols and Villains & Islomania: Key West, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

The Word of God: Jeffrey Vallance, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
Jeffrey Vallance: Reliquaries, Xero, Kline & Coma, London, England.

Relics and Reliquaries, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

Select Group Exhibitions from 2010-2014

The Tie: Men Fashion Power, Swiss National Museum, Landesmuseum, Zürich, Switzerland.

Blind Cut, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY. 

Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Das Coisas En Geral/Of Things In General, Coleção Particular, São Paulo, Brazil

Select Fellowships and Awards

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

The Foundation Culture of the Future (Stiftelsen Framtidens Kultur), Sweden.

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.
Honorary Noble, royal title conferred by the Tongan National Center, Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of Tonga

Select Community-based Artwork

Bibliomania, with Father Tom Carey, Epiphany Church, Los Angeles, August 16, 2014.

Meeting with the Queen of Palau Gloria G. Salii, Assembly Hall, Palau Community College, Koror, Palau.

The Bible Vallance, Chapelle de Saint-Léger, Genève, Switzerland.

Walking Meditation with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, CA


M.F.A., 1981
Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles.

B.A., 1979
California State University, Northridge.