Damon Willick is an associate professor of modern and contemporary art history at Loyola Marymount University and a contributing editor of X-TRA. His book and exhibition on art in the San Fernando Valley is forthcoming from Angel City Press and California State University, Northridge.
In the Valley with Jeffrey Vallance by Damon Willick
Jeffrey Vallance lives in Canoga Park, not far from where he grew up. He has spent much of his life in these parts and has been described by Dave Hickey as the Valley’s Herodotus and its Candide. As Hickey writes: “For him, the Valley, and the Valley world that spreads beyond it, is the domain of real fakes and fake realities, with no center, no edges, no top, no bottom, and no direction—a tattered sphere of overlapping neighborhoods and floating islands, where everything is interconnected, always interconnected, everywhere."