Voyages to Extremes
"Let me state that I have friends and associates in all extremes and walks of life, including politicians (on all sides of the fence), kings, queens, presidents, tribal chieftains, shamans, Zen monks, FUNdamentalist reverends, painters of lights & meats, clerics of various belief systems, atheists, cryptozoologists, psychics, disembodied spirits, radical performance artists, highbrow and lowbrow artists, cartoonists, clowns, academicians, ufologists, urologists, ventriloquists, magicians, writers, museum curators and crackpots of all styles and persuasions. I've made it my work to infiltrate into various institutional systems including political, religious and museological. I would place my worldview as somewhere Left of Heretic."
Jeffrey Vallance's work blurs the lines between object making, installation, performance, curating and writing. Critics have described his work as an indefinable cross-pollination of many disciplines. In 2004, Vallance received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation award for installation art. Often his installations are exhibited in site-specific locations. Examples include such projects as burying a piece of meat (chicken) at a pet cemetery in California; traveling throughout Polynesia in search of the origin of the myth of Tiki; having an audience with the king of Tonga; having an audience with the queen and president of Palau; meeting with the presidents of Iceland; creating a Richard Nixon Museum; installing an exhibit aboard a tugboat in the Västerbotten Maritime Museum in Umeå, Sweden; curating shows in the so-called fabulous museums of Las Vegas, such as the Liberace Museum, Debbie Reynolds Casino, Cranberry Museum and the Clown Museum.