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Jeffery Vallance

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

Jeffrey Valiance’s stance—the role he’s cast himself in and the way it determines his practice—can only be described as the result of an oddball vision that, when broken down into its contributing parts, doesn’t convey how resolved and monolithic the work ultimately is. Valiance’s tone approximates a fusion of an overzealous, fixational seventh-grader’s-international-affairs report; the knowing/naive diction of a 1956 World Book Encyclopedia entry; a rapt article in some fringe phenomena magazine like Fate or UFO Digest; and the travel notebooks of an eccentric uncle—journals that prove amazing in their awareness that symbology and belief the world over wed the ridiculous to the sublime.

Three’s a Shroud, 1993, is Vallance’s installation of variations and musings on famous Christian relics. The artist turned his attention to the shroud of Turin, the holy lance (thought to have pierced the

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