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Guest Sculptor Chris Valle presenting ‘Artistic Evolution’ at DMC March 25

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Dedicating his life to art and exploring the influence that entertainment and advertisements have on our perceptions, guest artist and sculptor Chris Valle uses classical and experimental approaches in his work.

As a whole, our culture is consumed by the way our bodies look and it is the images on television and social media that we try to emulate because we are conditioned to believe we are supposed to look, dress and act like what is presented to us.
Chris Valle

On Monday, March 25, the artist will share some of his work at Del Mar College (DMC) during a lecture, “Artistic Evolution,” sponsored by the Cultural Programs Series and the Art and Drama Department.

The free lecture begins at 11 a.m. in Room 326 of the Coles Classroom Building on the East Campus on Naples off Kosar at Staples. For more information, contact DMC Professor of Art Cynthia Perkins at 698-1503 or cperkins@delmar.edu.

Conceptually, Valle’s work explores how the effect of entertainment content depicting sexual norms, stereotypes and sexual roles have a profound influence on our perceptions about sex and body image. He notes that television pretends to reflect our realities as if it were a mirror; however, it does not give us a pure reflection.

“We are shown things from elsewhere only in an already established, ready-made version: there is no place for our own judgment, and we are unable to resist simply accepting, as reality, the images placed before us,” Valle says.

Featured across the globe, his artwork and paintings have hung in over 130 exhibitions from New York to Germany, along with 17 solo exhibitions in 16 years. Valles’ work is also in several impressive collections including the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum as well as the Sienna Art Institute Library in Italy, among others.

Valle earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Valdosta State University in Georgia. He then received a master’s degree in painting from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Currently he serves as professor and chair of the Department of Art and Design at the University of Tampa.

Learn more about the artist by visiting chrisvalleart.com.


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