13 Apr DreamSpeak 2021
Live Painting – Mural
Location: Lower Level by 85C Bakery Cafe
As part of Arden Fair’s UnchARTed art program, artist Bryan Valenzuela live painted onsite from April 16 through April 30, 2021. The final artwork focused on the concept of dreams. We asked participants to collaborate by submitting their answer to the follow prompt: What are your hopes or dreams for 2021?
The root of Bryan’s work is based on written words; where the light, shadow, and shape of figures emerge from layers upon layers of text to create a stunning and intricate image.
In almost all of his work, the narrative of the text is a mixture of impressionistic metaphor on the imagery taken from a self generated pre-written script and a stream of consciousness writing that takes cues from the script in an improvisatory way.
About the Artist
For well over a decade, Northern California artist Bryan Valenzuela has been aiming to perfect a unique drawing technique involving the atomization of the figure by carving out shape, shadow and light with handwritten text. Paragraphs, sentences, phrases, and fragments act as both form and content. As form, the text delineates figures and subjects layer upon layer as shading. Words varying in size from the minuscule and unreadable, to large and bold are used in a manner similar to crosshatching.