Slide Lecture on Activist Art

On the evening of Dec. 16th. I gave a slide presentation on the subject of Chicano identity and political art at Both Sides of the Border, the ongoing exhibit of Latin American and Chicano art at Carlotta’s Passion Fine Art in Los Angeles. My impromtu talk took on a personal tone as I shared my own journey and place within the scene being discussed. I also shared the podium with educator Diane Velarde-Hernandez, who addressed the topic of identity and culture – but from her unique perspective as a teacher and education activist. The following evening I was in the gallery again, this time for an informal gathering where I had the opportunity to walk those interested through my works on display, going into detail about each piece, taking questions, and giving insight into my background, motivations, and influences.

Oil painting by Mark Vallen

[ Vallen’s painting of a striking worker, now on display
at the Both Sides of the Border exhibit. ]

All combined, some twenty or so individuals attended the events, and it was most gratifying to meet a few of the people who have been following my career over the years. The exhibit continues until January 7th. Carlotta’s Passion Fine Art is located at: 2012 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041. This is in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of L.A. Phone: 323-259-1563. For more information on the exhibit, including a map to the gallery, visit:

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