The sample chapter linked here is from Visualizations for Heartbreak, which I self-published in 2020 (in print and electronic versions). The narrative of the book focuses on the traumatic ending of a romantic relationship, but the anguish, rage, shame, and catharsis depicted in its pages are also relevant to other experiences with difficult good-byes. The text is accompanied by photographs and collages (also by the author), and I've recently had recordings made of me reading the text. I believe there is a need for this book, but so far I haven't had much success marketing it. Any suggestions are welcome!
During the pandemic I finally stuck most of my art into a website. I make my living as a scientist and medical specialist, so despite having some gallery representation and sales over the years I haven't had the time or energy to self-promote. But I would like to share the series called "Postcards from the Hedge" (stolen poems for survival and healing). There are times in many artists' lives in which they develop a temporarily strained relationship with their preferred medium, which in my case is paint. This set of 50 small 4"x6" collage postcards are my response to a recent paint-problematic episode in my own life, which has coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic and a dramatic reduction in physical studio space. [more inside]
These original collages, were made during winter 2020-2021 in response to feelings of hibernation, isolation, and loneliness of quarantine during the COVID19 pandemic. They are made of book pages stained with India ink.
A cursed relic of our revolting age, Male Tears remixes vintage comic book imagery into a verbo-visual slurry for your shame or amusement: forty pages of thwarted privilege, humiliating failure and unchecked emotions exploding into weeping and/or violence. [more inside]
I've listened to podcasts ever since it required hunting Podcast Pickle, and love meta shows which repurpose audio (the defunct Ask Mr Biggs comes to mind) so I spent a few hours trying out an idea I've had rattling around: I've spliced together all 2018 welcomes/thanks of guests on CBC:s Quirks and Quarks podcast into a 15 minute thing. [more inside]
Philip Random’s All Vinyl Countdown and Apocalypse (aka the 1,111 Greatest Records You Probably Haven’t Already Heard) is the rather extensive playlist (with links) of a series of Randophonic radio programs which were broadcast from 2011 through 2013 c/o CITR.FM.101.9. As the name suggests, it's a countdown of a lot of great, odd, generally not well known pop-rock-psyche-funk-dance-country-western-world-noise-whatever music (1965-2001). [more inside]
Dense images built out of photos gleaned from Flickr. A new one will be posted most mornings. [more inside]
After much procrastination I've finally managed to get my new website together. On it you'll find a large number of examples of the art I've been making over the past 20 years or so, as well as some writing and some sound work. Any comments, feedback or suggestions WRT content, layout or structure would be greatly appreciated, as I'm kind of figuring that side of things out for myself at present.
I like to take old postcards and make little collages and doodles on them, then send them to friends and family. It occurred to me that if I was gonna spend a bunch of time making these things, maybe I ought to post them online somewhere. And, well, I was bored at work today so I scanned a bunch of them and put 'em on this Tumblr. [more inside]
A photo layout algorithm side project made into an app! Works best with Instagram currently. Would love any feedback you might have. Here's an example collage.
Pablo Valencia is a writer and artist living in Los Angeles. Monstrouscreature.org is the place where he updates his different projects, including his correspondence project to his sister, collages and short film projects.
I recently completed artwork for my friends' new EP. It's a pretty complex photo collage, mostly of pictures that I took myself. The link above goes to Deathwatch Asia, where the EP version with my art is being released. You can go here to see the whole booklet, as well as the collages without text. If you like your music crunchy, give them a listen, they're pretty great.