Friday, August 23, 2013

BOCA Magazine Review for Valyn Calhoun Retrospective at ActivistArtistA Gallery

Thank you, John Thomason for taking the time to visit ActivistArtistA, and
preview the Valyn Calhoun Retrospective.

Review of

Valyn Calhoun: Retrospective

with Rita Baum

ActivistArtistA Gallery

422 West Industrial Ave.,

Boynton Beach, Florida 33427

8-22-13 thru 9-27-13

VIP Grand Reception will be held on
Saturday, August 24, 2013
For invitation to the VIP reception please RSVP.


Opening of “Valyn Calhoun: Retrospective” at ActivistArtistA Gallery, 422 W. Industrial Ave., Boynton Beach; 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday; free; 786/521-1199
Under “religious beliefs” on his Facebook page, artist Valyn Calhoun lists “necromancy.” Under “political beliefs,” he professes “anarchy.” These two insights should prepare audiences, somewhat, for this controversial Fort Lauderdale-based photographer’s mindset, which will be vividly explored at this retrospective at the Boynton Beach Arts District. He’s a portraitist as well as an experimental artist, with penchants for homoeroticism, fetishism, nudity, eyes wide open, Rorschachian doubling, superimpositions and unnecessary censorship or, rather, commentaries on such censorship. Rolando Chang Barrero, curator of the ActivistArtsistA Gallery, is expecting this show to be the summer’s most-attended exhibition, with two opening dates: the first, at tonight’s monthly District Art Walk, and again on Aug. 24 for a VIP Grand Reception; for admission to Saturday’s show, email Rolando at

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