The Santa Barbara Museum of Art will organize a major mid-career survey of Brazilian-born, New York-based artist Valeska Soares
Trained as both an artist and architect, Soares creates unique environmental installations based on sensorial effects of reflection, light, entropy, and even scent.Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now will represent a more than 25-year span in the artist’s career, combining sculptures, photography, installations, and performances that integrate notions of time and memory, and conjure associations ranging from desire to excess. Soares’ work expands upon the languages of post-minimalist and conceptual art. Influenced early on by an older generation of Brazilian artists who turned their attention from the physical properties of an artwork to the perceptions and actions experienced by the viewer, she has continued to expand the boundaries of engagement. This mid-career survey will range from early assemblages and sculptures utilizing perfume and flowers, such as Pathologies (1994) and Fainting Couch (2002), to text-related works from her series Bindings(2008), to haunting marble sculptures from the series Et Aprés (2011), and to works not yet presented in the U.S., such as Unhinged (2016).