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Jeffrey Vallance

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

Jeffrey Vallance’s Connie Chung paintings, exhibited two years ago, place newscaster Chung at the center of a field of apocalyptic images, from military hardware to atomic mushrooms. The presentation, like the style of the paintings, is quasi-naive. In this exhibition Vallance included likenesses of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale mounted on green cloth, in a piece made during Carter’s tenure in the White House; the painting itself is fairly nondescript, but along with portraits, Vallance displays correspondence asking for the two politicians’ signatures. Here context is all—people at the White House took the fan stance seriously while for Vallance it was only a persona. Both the paintings of Chung and these “participatory” works are deadpan satire, with the artist remaining poker-faced; the humor is black, but it is difficult to resent the punchlines.

The recent series of paintings of

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