Giovanni Valderas: Conspicuous Craft


Murchison Performing Arts Center, University of North Texas
Opening Reception, Sunday, September 11, 2016, 3 – 6 PM at Brick Haus Collective, Artist Talk 3:30 PM
August 30 – December 4, 2016, FREE

This fall, the Greater Denton Arts Council and Brick Haus Collective proudly present a simultaneous showing of works by artist Giovanni Valderas. Valderas’ sculptural paintings present images and iconography that draw on his Latin American heritage. His works investigate identity, family, and most recently, address the social implications of gentrification in southwest Dallas. In his series Forged Utopia, Valderas creates public installations of piñata-like billboards that mimic real estate signage, but with phrases of common Spanish slang that, when placed in context, cryptically comment on the changing landscape they inhabit. A selection of his paintings will be shown at the Murchison, while an installation of his billboards will be displayed outdoors in the Brick Haus Collective green space.

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