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  Jeffrey Vallance

    A Scatological Eschatology

 ‘HOLY SHIT!’ 

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Jeffrey Vallance was born in 1955 in Redondo Beach, CA. In 1979, he received a B.A. from CSUN and in 1981 an M.F.A. from Otis. He lives and works in Los Angeles. His work blurs the lines between object making, installation, performance, curating and writing. Often his projects are site-specific such as burying a frozen chicken at a pet cemetery; traveling to Polynesia to research the myth of Tiki; having audiences with the king of Tonga, the queen and president of Palau and the presidents of Iceland; creating a Richard Nixon Museum; traveling to the Vatican to study Christian relics; installing an exhibit aboard a tugboat in Sweden; curating shows in the fabulous museums of Las Vegas, such as the Liberace and Clown Museum. In Lapland Vallance constructed a shamanic “magic drum,” In Orange County, Mr. Vallance curated the only art world exhibition of the Painter of Light entitled “Thomas Kinkade: Heaven on Earth.”  In 1983, he was host of MTV’s The Cutting Edge and appeared on NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman. In 2004, Vallance received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation award. In addition to exhibiting his artwork, Mr. Vallance has written for such publications and journals as Art issues, Artforum, L.A. Weekly, Juxtapoz, Frieze and Fortean Times. He has published over 10 books including: Blinky the Friendly Hen, The World of Jeffrey Vallance: Collected Writings 1978-1994, Christian Dinosaur, Art on the Rocks, Preserving America’s Cultural Heritage, Thomas Kinkade: Heaven on Earth, My Life with Dick, Relics and Reliquaries, The Vallance Bible and Rudis Tractus (Rough Drawing).



† Vallance’s ‘HOLY SHIT!’ appears in full in Hotel #5; see here for full details on the collection and its contributors.* 
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Vallance’s ‘HOLY SHIT!’ is an adapted iteration of an essay first published in the autumn issue of the periodical Art Issues (September/October, 2000), pp. 27-33. © Jeffrey Valance, 2018. Reproduced in (and on) Hotel by permission of the Author.


    * The text is accompanied by original artworks by JV & assorted historical paraphenalia;
       see below for details on the individual images:

    Jeffrey Vallance
    Las Vegas Martin Luther, 1997
    Enamel on Paper—12” x 16”
    Courtesy the artists and Edward Cella Art & Architecture
    The author at his Lutheran Confirmation in Canoga Park, CA in 1967.
    Courtesy the artists and Edward Cella Art & Architecture
    Jeffrey Vallance
    The Seat of the Reformation, 2018
    Marker on Paper—11” x 8 ½“
    Courtesy the artists and Edward Cella Art & Architecture
    Jeffrey Vallance
    An Old Lutheran Joke: Luther Nails His Ninety-five Feces to the Church Door, 2000
    Marker on Paper 11” x 8 ½“
    Courtesy the artists and Edward Cella Art & Architecture
    Jeffrey Vallance 
    My Sacred Text: Ninety-five Theses, 2007
    8 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches
    Courtesy the artists and Edward Cella Art & Architecture   
    Jeffrey Vallance
    Luther on the Privy, Seeing an Apparition of the Devil, 2000
    Marker on Paper— 7 ½ “ x 9 “
  
    



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Hotel is a magazine for new approaches to fiction, non fiction & poetry & features work from established & emerging talent. Hotel provides the space for experimental reflection on literature’s status as art & cultural mediator. The magazine is bi-annual, the online archive is updated periodically.

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