Valerie Wilcox

Valerie Wilcox

Redondo Beach, CA, United States

About Valerie Wilcox

Valerie Wilcox is a mixed-media, sculpture and installation artist living in Los Angeles, CA.

In Wilcox’s “Constructs," her works present a reimagined, abstracted understanding of our constructed environment and how our brain works to piece together diverse elements. She uses common materials to create connections between our everyday lives and new ideas about how we construct our physical surroundings.

Wilcox incorporates the ideals of Wabi Sabi into her working process. This aesthetic is centered on the acceptance and beauty of transience and imperfection. It refers to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to both natural and man-made objects.

Wilcox is forming these hybrid constructions using salvaged and humble materials. She embraces the mistakes and gives them a new life, with bits and pieces that 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 reveal her process and addresses our ideals of perfection versus inherent human fallibility.
The found wood she uses is often sourced from houses that are being demolished or remodeled, preferring the old wood with remnants of paint on them and that show a particular usage, thus perhaps holding memories of the lives long past.

She also likes pushing a surreal quality in her work. 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. These “objects” become her canvas and emphasize the materials with which they were
made as much as the painted surfaces and textures.

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. It has been said that her work feels like poetry; left open to possibilities for the viewer.

Education

BFA, California State University Long Beach - Graphic design

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

Events

Article: "Valerie Wilcox: In a Year Where Nothing Seemed Possible – “A Bridge to Possibilities II”
https://diversionsla.com/

Exhibitions

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2020
By Way of Laughter and Trembling, Durden and Ray
Personal Contacts #3, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles
Tarfest 2020: Transition, Launch LA, Los Angeles
Congruence, I Like Your Work, Summer 2020 online exhibit @ https://www.ilikeyourworkpodcast.com/
We Are Here, Here We Are, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles
Drowned Neon Rose, I like Your Work, curated by Kristin Lamb, ilikeyourwork.com 
QiPO Mexico City Art Fair, Durden and Ray, Mexico City
How Long Do You Mean To Be, Laundramat Art Space, Miami, FL

2019
Spinning Straw into Gold, LA Mission College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Partita II, Fundraiser, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA
West by East Coast, Hangmen Projects Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Tinkering, solo show, SPARC, South Pasadena, CA
4 Artists: Nature, Line and Life, Korean Cultural Ctr., Los Angeles, CA
Matters of Size, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA
Acidic Taste, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA
Supermarket, Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden 
FRESH, SoLA Gallery, Los Angeles
Spring/Break Art Show, Los Angeles
QiPO Mexico City Art Fair, Mexico City

2018
Phantom Lim, curated by Benjamin W. Tippen, Torrance Art Museum, CA
Dragnet: 832, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA
In The Stillness Between Two Waves Of The Sea, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA
Odd Convergences: Steps and Missteps, co-curator, Korean Cultural Center, LA, CA
Supermarket, Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
CoLab III, co-curator, Torrance Art Museum, CA
Constructed, Saatchi Art, Santa Monica, CA 
Inverted Realities, McNish Gallery, Oxnard College, Oxnard, CA

2017
2017 Open Show, juror Anna Katz (MOCA curator), Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Entangled Loci, Hilbert Raum, Berlin, Germany
Satellite I, TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia
Beset On All Sides, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA
Round Too, Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA
The Collectivists, Curated by Kara Walker Tome, Durden & Ray, Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA

2016
New Dimension, Curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA
MAS Attack, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA 
Material Success, Curated by Jody Baral, Jose' Drudis Biada Art Gallery, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
If I Were a Carpenter, Curated by Steve Fujimoto, South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro
Skyline, Curated by Ben Zask, South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro
MAS Attack 12, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego
The Language of Perpetual Conditions, Curated by Brandon Hudson, Fine Arts Gallery, CSULA

2015
P/Review, Curated by Nicole Bardohl, Galerie KunstKomplex, Wuppertal, Germany, Nov. - Jan. 2016
LAAA Open Show, juror Leslie Jones (LACMA curator), Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
South Bay Focus, juror Maurizzio Hector Pineda, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Masque Attack 9, Temporary Space, Los Angeles, CA
Odyssey, Fundraiser, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Unusual Mediums, Curated by Om Bleicher, bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica
Studio System, Curated by Max Presneill, Torrance Art Museum, on-site residency, August
Water is Our Soul, Curated by Tatiana Botton, Art Project Paia, Maui, HA
Illusion, Galerie KunstKomplex, Wuppertal, Germany
Kölner Liste Art Fair, Galerie KunstKomplex, Cologne, Germany
Small Time, juror Cris McCall, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
3 Person Show, haleARTS, Santa Monica, CA
Adorn, juror Sarah Russin (LACE), Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
B/W, juror Laura Watts (Honor Fraser Gallery), Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

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