Reilly Gallery, Smith Center for the Arts

Public Reception: Thursday
6 PM–8 PM

Clement Valla: Parallel Lines on a Freeform Surface

The narrative of art history includes many artists who have reflexively looked at sites where art and exhibitions are made. The studio, the workshop, and the gallery space have all been taken as sources of inspiration for image and art making. In this age of post-studio practice—when the studio is a laptop computer—the physicality of such sites has become somewhat illusive.

Considering this narrative past and present within the context of his own artistic production using computer-based picture-producing apparatuses, Valla combines the technical and conceptual traditions of architectural drawing, perspectival painting, map-making and photography to propose a new hybrid: non-perspective photographs at a 1:1 scale that unfold, measure and order three dimensionality according to the two-dimensional logic of image design. Each photograph reexamines art-related spaces and tools, including those of PC–G’s own Reilly Gallery, as subject, presenting digital reconstructions that document, restructure and otherwise invoke the functionality of things and places for making and viewing art.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction Providence College's Centennial.

It is generously supported by the Art & Art History Department at Providence College.

Conjunctive Artist Talk:
6 PM, Thursday, December 1
Reilly Gallery

Clement Valla is an artist and programmer living in Brooklyn and working Providence. His work includes photography, sculpture and software and has been exhibited internationally. He has had recent solo exhibitions at XPO Gallery in Paris and Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn and was included in the “Paddles On!” auction at Phillips, organized by Lindsay Howard. His work has also been included in exhibitions at the Museum of the Moving Image, Bitforms Gallery, Mulherin + Pollard Projects and 319 Scholes, all in New York City; Thommassen Galleri in Gothenburg, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, DAAP Galleries at University of Cincinnati and the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee. His work has been cited in The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, El Pais, Huffington Post, Rhizome, Domus, Wired, The Brooklyn Rail, Liberation and on BBC television. Valla received a BA in Architecture from Columbia University and a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Valla is currently an assistant professor at RISD.

Clement Valla, "XYZ," 2016. Digital rendering. Courtesy the artist.

Clement Valla, "Blue Blox," 2016. Digital rendering. Courtesy the artist.