Join artist William Villalongo as he discusses the works he created for MOCA Cleveland’s inaugural exhibition, including the paintings Zebra (2012) and The Thirsty Laborer (2012). Villalongo’s intricately layered figurative paintings meld cultural icons, mythology, and art historical references into wild, at times unsettling narratives. Framed in dark foliage, Villalongo’s scenes create the strange sensation of peering into a secret, symbolic domain that invites but also excludes. The artist describes these imaginary worlds as part of a “matriarchal universe toiling with the generative possibilities of art making as utility, ritual, and survival.” For this public lecture, Villalongo will reflect on his artistic process, use of materials, and the external factors that influence his work.
William Villalongo (1975, Hollywood, FL) lives and works in Brooklyn. He holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. His work has shown in group exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Brooklyn Museum of Art; and Ballroom Marfa, Texas.