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Shape Shift

Bryan Valenzuela
Bryan Valenzuela
Shape Shift
“The text narrative acts as a conversation with the image, here touching on themes of transforming chaos.” — Bryan Valenzuela
THE ARTISTS: Northern California artist Bryan Valenzuela lives and works in Sacramento. For over a decade he's been perfecting a unique drawing technique involving the atomization of the figure by carving out shape and light with handwritten text. Though virtually unnoticeable from afar, once the viewer steps closer to each work they are engulfed in a barrage of words intermingled with other mixed media elements such as needle and thread, acrylic paint, and collage.
THE ART: The four images from this work, Shape Shift, are all close details taken from larger works. The chosen sections highlight the drawing technique consisting of thousands of handwritten words that carve out shape, shadow, and light, imbuing the forms with their own content. The text narrative acts as a conversation with the image, here touching on themes of transforming chaos.
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