Monday, September 04, 2006

Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery Show

Leo Valledor / Carlos Villa
Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery

40 Mills Place
Pasadena, California 91105
(626) 535-975
September 9th through October 3rd, 2006

Opening Reception - Saturday, September 9th from 7 - 9 pm

Text from the Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery announcement:
Cousins Leo Valledor and Carlos Villa share an artistic vision that, in different ways, seeks expression of their individual and group identities through modern abstract Western traditions. Leo Valledor (1936-1989), who grew up in the Fillmore district of San Francisco, was at the vanguard of the minimalist painting movement in 1974. Art critics have placed his work in the league of Ellsworth Kelly, Barnett Newman and Leon Polk Smith. In a recent catalog essay about Valledor's work, art curator Lawrence Rinder said, “Abandoning the gestural language of abstract expressionism (which would linger in the Bay area for decades), Valledor started to explore reduced palettes, geometric shapes, and the spatial dimension of color.” He received his art education at the California School of Fine Arts. Carlos Villa, born on December 11, 1936, and raised in San Francisco, began his long career in 1957 with a first drawing lesson from cousin Leo Valledor, whom he cites as his most influential artist role model. Since then, he has committed his art-and very much his life-to his search for identity, fusing modern abstraction with his Filipino heritage. In the process, his work, as it changes and shifts with its environment, comments on the social development of multicultural communities.