Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a pair of solo exhibitions by Patssi Valdez: Light & Shadow and Vintage Prints From Her 1998 Spring Collection from October 25 – November 29, 2015. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, October 25 from 2-5pm and a closing reception on Sunday, November 29 from 2-5pm.
Patssi Valdez: Light & Shadow features seven new acrylic paintings by Valdez in her classic style. Magical interiors entice with vivid colors, steaming pots of tea, diaphanous sheers, plush pillows and valentines; while swirling carpets, teetering busts of queens and kings, dancing umbrellas, spilled goblets of blood-red wine, flying forks and vertiginous perspective belie any sense of business-as-usual in Valdez’s emotionally charged rooms.
The rarely seen monoprints that comprise Patssi Valdez: Vintage Prints From her 1998 Spring Collection stand in stark contrast to the paintings in Light & Shadow. Sleeping women rendered in bold gestural strokes dream beneath pastel skies and clouds, reveal a softer, if no less emotional, side of Valdez’s work.
Patssi is best known for her paintings, paper fashions and performance work with the avant-garde art group ASCO (nausea), of which she was a founding member.
Patssi Valdez is the recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Latina of Excellence Award, The Latino Heritage Month Award, Spirit of Los Angeles (honors outstanding individuals of Latino descent who have contributed to the advancement of Latinos in the United States and worldwide), The Flintridge Fellowship, Durfee Foundation Grant, J. Paul Getty Fellowship Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in painting.
In 2014 she was invited to serve as a Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.
Also in 2014, her work was part of a travelling exhibition, Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987. Venues included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City; and Nottingham Contemporary, UK.
Valdez is included in collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; The San Jose Museum of Art, CA; The El Paso Museum of Art, Texas; Williams Collage of Art, Williamstown, MA; and the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE.
Valdez presently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and remains active in the West Coast and International art scene.
Together, Light & Shadow and Prints From Her 1998 Spring Collection represent Valdez’s fourth solo venture at Offramp Gallery.