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Maker(s):Villalongo, William
Culture:American (1975-)
Title:Funky Space Reincarnation from the Exit Art portfolio Trance/Borders
Date Made:2006
Materials:Pigment print with dye cut, velour flocking and hand-painting on Somerset Enhanced Satin paper
Measurements:Overall: 30 in x 22 in; 76.2 cm x 55.9 cm
Accession Number:  UM 2012.6.4.6
Credit Line:Gift of Exit Art, New York
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Label Text:
Curatorial Fellowship exhibition: What's So Funny: How Humor Makes Us Think, March 21 - April 28, 2019
“I definitely will lean towards cheesiness sometimes in trying to have a sense of humor or trying to think through a tough idea that might not be representable in the end.”
- Kayla Peterson (M.A. Art History, 2020) and Siyu Shen (M.A. Art History, 2020)

Through reframing familiar images and themes, Villalongo explores and reassesses the idea of Blackness in American and African Art histories. Often, the characters in his work explore a duality, occupying a space between magic and factualness. Villalongo’s collages, which often use velvet and velour, are a process involve a similar exploration of duality - from flatness to dimensionality. The artist has spoken of how velvet is a material close to him, bringing to mind velvet paintings from the 70s and 80s, and also depict a black space that exists as a metaphor for Blackness.

Quote credit (interview):
- Kayla Peterson (M.A. Art History, 2020) and Siyu Shen (M.A. Art History, 2020

caricatures; landscapes; exterior; water; humor

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