Part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
Opening Reception: September 23rd, 5-8pm
For the Brown Dot Project, Linda Vallejo transforms statistics regarding the number of Latinos in various sectors of Los Angeles into brown dots against a grid representing the rest of the population.
Vallejo creates visually striking, dynamic images as the discrete dots coalesce, into semi-abstract ideas, pop culture icons, sculptural forms. They form a hook, connecting the viewer to deeper issues resting within the data: each dot becomes a poignant metonymic suggestion of a Latino reality while also forming an expressive whole.
“ Vallejo thus converts airy demographics into visual signifiers whose power is a good deal more visceral.
“ The conversion of data of any sort into an aesthetic experience is fanciful enough; but when the data being converted is loaded with meaning – and the meaning itself is loaded with a whole different, volatile aura of meaning – the artworks that result pack an invisible wallop… If not as a tool for change, then at least as an examination of the factors that necessitate such change, a passionate argument guided not only by reason, but by humor, craft, and beauty.”
Where: BLEICHER/GORMAN (bG) Gallery Bergamot Station – Space G8A, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica 90404
Phone: +1 (310) 906 4211
Hours: 12-6pm Tues-Sat or by appointment.