Custodio and Valero at Galerie Anna
Galerie Anna presents a back-to- back show of two
abstractionists, Gary Custodio’s “Connected” (East Wing)
and Valen Valero’s “Breakthrough” (West Wing) on May
The simultaneous exhibition of artists working in the
same non-representational idiom affords the audience a
view of the fertile resources of both color and form, in
distinctive, signature styles that define each artist’s
power of expression.
Award-winning artist Gary Custodio examines the
nature of light and geometry and the way each connects
and absorbs the other in a oneness of purity and
simplicity, conveying a deeply meditative and mysterious
spirit of art.
His ideas on color veer towards the minimalist vein,
reductive, rather than projective, in its implicit
references to transcendence and immateriality. Custodio
dispenses with complex configurations, preferring
instead the severe geometry and structural discipline of
In contrast, Valen Valero generates visual
excitement with the unexpected turn of her new works,
piled with non-traditional mixed-media materials
brimming with the fervor of experimentation. The works
are relief constructions, assemblages projected from the
picture plane with diagrams and directions, signaling
movements that derail the eyes from familiar paths.
An innovative approach comes with Valero’s
irregular shaped canvases, echoed by the protrusions of
wooden armatures nailed around the pictorial edge, a
decisive break from spatial limitations.
Both shows run until May 18.