The Valley Performing Arts Center Art Gallery is located on the Loge Level, north of the Great Hall. Exhibitions are open to ticket holders one hour prior to performances and during intermissions, and by appointment. Call Sally Adelblue at (818) 677-8800.
Stuart Rapeport, EZ Pickens
April 27 - June 8, 2013
Stuart Rapeport earned his degree in Art from California State University Northridge in the 1970’s. His
rough, cut-out grapefruit tree and boxes of freshly picked fruit in laminated layers of plywood and veneer
stand, or lean, against the gallery walls, as the agricultural workers quietly toil. Nearby, similarly rendered
gures of real-life critics, collectors, and curators are stacked with artful carelessness.
Rapeport wants the viewer to consider both kinds of workers, those upon whom artists depend and those
upon whose labor all people depend but whose underpaid status makes them invisible. EZ Pickens asks the
audience to acknowledge the actual, manual work required for the creation and production of the food
supply, while subliminally equating the artisanal status of the artist with that of the farm laborer. Beware,
because behind the gentle humor looms a radical agenda.