bG Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit walk-through and question and answer with critic Shana Nys Dambrot and artist Linda Vallejo .
Vallejo paints historical figures and contemporary pop personalities brown; revisions white iconic Oscar stars as brown-Mexican; and transforms Latino populations and workforce data into engaging visual representations using brown dots.
Vallejo creates visually striking images as the discrete brown dots coalesce into semi-abstract images on gridded backgrounds and pop culture icons suddenly become people of color. They form a hook, connecting the viewer to deeper issues resting within the politics of color and the ability of data to inform and transform contemporary attitudes and culture. Each image becomes a poignant metonymic suggestion of a Latino reality while forming an expressive whole.