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Schlesinger Center to display sculpture series by Wilfredo Valladares

 bronze wood

Wilfredo Valladares, Unmasked 1, variable dimensions, bronze wood. Photo courtesy of the artist.

cast iron wood (floor piece)
Wilfredo Valladares, Unmasked 10, variable dimensions, cast iron wood (floor piece). Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is honored to exhibit a series of sculptures by regional artist Wilfredo Valladares in his solo show Unmasked. The show will be on display April 17 to June 4 with an artist’s reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

Valladares explained that this body of work explores the interconnectedness of cultures. In creating the series, he used bronze wood, bronze steel, cast iron rolling pins and other materials. The sculptures capture relationships between people and cultures and tell their unique stories.

“Portraits and headdresses capture relationships between time, memory and space. In this body of work, casting and found objects have become conduits that allow me to transform stories and memories into tangible visual information,” Valladares said. “In the casting process, the seams left by the molds become scars that speak of the stories buried in the facial expressions. The identity of found objects are kept intact in some of the pieces where the objects’ silhouettes convey the cultural aspects of the portrait. Fire is used as a tool that infiltrates the materials by reshaping the original form leaving voids behind as it travels through the piece.”

Valladares is a versatile artist with experience in different aspects of the art industry including curation, installations, printmaking and bookmaking. He is the curator and founder of the Latin Perspectives Annual Art Exhibit in Baltimore. Valladares is also the founder of The Hispanic Heritage Month at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, where he also teaches art. In previous years, Valladares has shown his work in a number of solo and group exhibitions in the D.C. metro area, Georgia, South Korea and Honduras.

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery is located on the second level of the Schlesinger Center. The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during concert hall events. For additional information about art shows and concert hall events, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu



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