When You Sleep: A Survey of Shizu Saldamando

September 10 to December 7, 2013
Small Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 21, 5 to 8 p.m.

VPAM is pleased to present the first solo museum show of visual artist Shizu Saldamando. Saldamando grew up in the Bay Area and relocated to southern California fifteen years ago to complete her BFA at UCLA and MFA at Cal Arts. Los Angeles and its diverse subcultures are what inspire the artist most. In her meticulous, stunning drawings, paintings and collages, Shizu depicts portraits of her friends — unguarded and unposed — at clubs, parties, and in other private spaces. Her work proposes a decidedly contemporary take on portraiture, in which the conventional constructs of identity are challenged by layering signifiers and hybrid meanings that hint at the complexity of ethnicity, race, class and gender.