Exhibit: Voces/Voices of the People

I will be exhibiting at Voces/Voices of the People, a group exhibit at Avenue 50 Studio in the historic Highland Park area of Los Angeles. The show opens on Valentine’s Day: Saturday, February 14, 2015, with an artists reception from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. The exhibit’s press release states the following; “Artists are usually at the forefront of a struggle. 2014 has given us a plethora of struggles to think about: black lives matter, LGBT equality, immigration reform, sex/wage slavery, gentrification.” Ave 50 Studio invited a number of L.A. artists to “visually discuss the issue(s) most prominent in our world.”

No doubt my fellow artists will contribute paintings that throw a spotlight on various socio-political problems, but also efforts to solve them. The show includes works by Andres Montoya, Derrick Maddox, John Urquiza, Patricia Payne, Richard Turner, Frohawk Two Feathers, Eric Almanza, Norm Maxwell, and of course, yours truly.

"Masked" - Mark Vallen 2015 ©. Oil on linen, mounted on masonite. 11 x 15 inches.

"Masked" - Mark Vallen 2015 ©. Oil on linen, mounted on masonite. 11 x 15 inches.

Two of my recent works are included in Voces/Voices of the People. Painted in the hot colors of revolt, Masked, a small oil on canvas, depicts a firebrand in the midst of blazing turmoil. He represents all those who resist the headlong rush towards austerity, repression and war. I will also show my black and white drawing, Ayotzinapa Somos Todos (We are all Ayotzinapa), an image I transformed into a free downloadable poster now available to the world community via the internet. For those that attend the exhibit’s opening night, free signed copies of the poster will be available.

Voces/Voices of the People runs from Feb. 14, 2015 to March 7, 2015. Avenue 50 Studio is located at 131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042. For directions and gallery hours see the Avenue 50 Studio website.

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