De Wain Valentine

  • , Square gray dapple to black, 1970-71
    Cast polyester resin
    86,04 x 86,04 x 6,99 cm
  • , Gray Column, 1975-76
    Cast Polyester Resin
    355,6 x 222 x 24 cm
  • , Slab, 1968
    Cast polyester resin
    177,8 x 58,4 x 43,2 cm
  • , Red Concave Circle, 1970
    Cast polyester resin
    96 Ø x 12 in
  • , Small Circle, 1971
    Cast polyester resin
    44,5 x 44,5 x 3 cm
  • , Small Circle, 1971
    Cast polyester resin
    44,5 x 44,5 x 3 cm
  • , Small Circle, 1971
    Cast polyester resin
    44,5 x 44,5 x 3 cm
  • , Double Disk, 1966
    Fiberglass reinforced polyester
    161,9 x 142,2 cm
  • , Column Gray, 1975
    Cast polyester resin
    58,7 x 29,5 x 22,5 cm
  • , Column Gray, 1975
    Cast polyester resin
    58,7 x 28 x 24,2 cm
  • , Column Gray, 1975
    Cast polyester resin
    59 x 29,5 x 23 cm
  • , Nightline Passage, 1992
    Polymer resin, acrylic paint
    244 x 427 x 7 cm
  • , Nightline Passage, 1992
    Polymer resin, acrylic paint
    244 x 427 x 7 cm
  • , Diamond Column, 1975
    Cast polyester resin
    231,1 x 92,7 x 19 cm
  • , Diamond Column, 1975
    Cast polyester resin
    231,1 x 92,7 x 19 cm
  • , Column Gray, 1975
    Cast polyester resin
    109 x 44 x 14 cm
  • , Column Gray with Cloud, 1969-70
    Cast polyester resin
    237,1 x 80 x 27,9 cm
  • , Circle, Clear-Blue, 1971
    Cast polyester resin
    44,5 x 44,5 x 3 cm
  • , Circle, Clear-Rose, 1970
    Cast polyester resin
    44,5 x 44,5 cm
  • , Circle Blue to Gray, 1970
    Cast polyester resin
    44,5 x 44,5 cm
  • , Column Gray, 1975
    Cast polyester resin
    109 x 44 x 14 cm
  • , Clear Portal, 1969-2014
    Cast polyester resin
    61 x 44,4 x 10,2 cm
  • , Column Gray, 1975
    Cast polyester resin
    58,7 x 28,9 x 25,1 cm
  • , Diamond Column, 1969-2014
    Cast polyester resin
    92,1 x 51,4 x 25,4 cm
  • , Large Blue Circle, 1972-2015
    Cast polyester resin
    198,1 x 198,1 cm
  • , Five-Sided Diamond Column Gray, 1975
    Cast polyester resin
    157,5 x 42,5 x 20,3 cm
  • , Column Gray , 1975
    Cast polyester resin
    58,7 x 28,9 x 25,1 cm
  • , Double Disk (blue with red edge), 1966, painted in 2019
    Fiberglass
    66 x 54 x 66 in
    167,6 x 137,2 x 167,6 cm

De Wain Valentine was born in Colorado and arrived in L.A. in 1965 to teach a course in plastics technology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is regarded today among the earliest pioneers in the use of industrial plastics and resins to execute monumental sculptures that reflect the light and engage the surrounding space through its mesmerizingly translucent surfaces that arrest one's gaze. […] This technical knowledge, combined with his subsequent experience working with fiberglass-reinforced plastic in boat building shops and painting automobiles, air planes - and even, according to some, UFOs - led to his fascination and artistic involvement with sculptures made out of colored plastic and polyester resin, all materials evoking a futurist era.

Extract from an essay by art historian and author Joachim Pissarro, part of the illustrated catalogue on De Wain Valentine to be published by Almine Rech Gallery.    


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  • The Warehouse Dallas - Talk


    The Warehouse (Dallas) is organizing a Lunchtime Tour – OPTICS – to talk about how Mary Corse, Dadamaino, Robert Irwin, Charles Ray, and De Wain Valentine explore the complex dynamics of vision and the viewer’s awareness of their own perception.
    🗓 Friday, April 23, 12pm (CST)
    📝Register through this link 

    “When I was a kid I used to collect rocks. I had a friend who was a stone polisher, and he would polish them for me. I think the interest in transparency and such goes way back—I was in junior high school then. Let's see, that would make it about nineteen fifty ... fifty ... Anyway, I was making things. I did a lot of polyester jewelry—cast, transparent things. It's really tied up with a lot of funny and funky things that go way back.”
    – De Wain Valentine

    De Wain Valentine, Concave Circle Pale Rose, 1968
    Cast polyester resin, casted in 2017
    23 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 9 inches (59.7 x 59.7 x 22.9 cm)
    The Rachofsky Collection


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