LOCUST PROJECTS is pleased to present two shows including work by Odalis Valdivieso and Patrick Collier. Chicago-based Collier received an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. Of Stolen Truck Blues, he has written: “[It is a] music video about my stolen truck and its eventual return. Written and sung by the artist, this is one in a series of Hillbilly music-inspired videos and songs that address the stresses of urban living and the corresponding nostalgia for a simpler life in the country.” This video is equal parts pathos and something that edges tongue-in-cheek irony, although not quite that. It’s a heartbreaking song penned by someone who should know better than to believe in the possibility of soothing the pangs of disillusionment with a few earnest lyrics—and all the more sad and funny as a result.
Having recently moved to Miami, Venezuelan artist Odalis Valdivieso will install an immense site-specific wall drawing. Valdivieso, assisted by a computer, will simplify a photograph of a junkyard into a schematic collision of forms. This composition will then be cut out of vinyl sheets and affixed to the wall. In the process, the rusted detritus of real life will morph into a stylized language that references club design, techno music, cutting-edge graphics, and animation, without ever forfeiting its relationship with the savage Pop art of someone like Oyvind Fahlstrom. It also invites some meditation on the dynamics of site-specificity, not only by being produced specifically for LOCUST PROJECTS but also by engaging in a dialogue with the car and boat cemeteries that flank the gallery's location on Nw 23 St.
And FALLER rocks the opening!
Nestor Prieto and his junk inspired instruments.