XVALA

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XVALA was created by Jeff Hamilton (born 1970, Tulsa, Oklahoma). XVALA typically focuses on pieces that address celebrity and popular culture and he refers to this as "Tabloid Art".

XVALA has collaborated with New York sculptor Daniel Edwards on The Brangelina a house located in Oklahoma.

XVALA became represented by Cory Allen in 2009, a controversial promoter and art dealer known for working with famous sculptor Daniel Edwards and artist Marilyn Artus.

In April 2010, Jeff Hamilton walked away from his art and the name XVALA. Hamilton passed the name on to another upcoming artist to continue creating art under the XVALA name. The artist who works under the XVALA name has not been identified.

Early career[edit]

Responsible for fashion line of XVALA designer jeans to building a house for American band the All American Rejects.

Works[edit]

The Appeal Of The Loss Of Desirability[edit]

[1] Bauer-Griffin tabloid agency sold the rights to their popular head shot photo of American singer Britney Spears to XVALA through careful negotiations allowing the commodity to be upheld. XVALA used this photo to be the focal point of this work.

Glory Hole Series[edit]

The Big Sausage Pizza is a part of XVALA's Glory Hole Series.

The Brangelina[edit]

The Brangelina was conceived in New York City's Grand Central Terminal between XVALA and Daniel Edwards while on their way to New Haven, Connecticut.

The decision between both artists was made to do a celebrity house in Los Angeles as a way to confront the financial crisis of 2007–2010. The Brangelina is to be publicly debuted September 26, 2009 in Oklahoma, New York and Los Angeles.

Fear Google[edit]

Fear Google is the first street art sticker designed for the Post-PC era and was launched in 2010, the same year as Apple's iPad and other Post-PC devices. The stickers fear message shows society's growing inability to disconnect from the internet. First distributed by friends of the artist and some Apple Store employees the first stickers appeared on the California city streets in places such as: Palo Alto, Cupertino, Mountain View, Menlo Park, San Jose, San Bruno, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. The sticker has spread to Los Angeles, New York City and London by the end of 2010.

Mark Zuckerberg's Not Very Well Hung Hanger[edit]

Mark Zuckerberg's Not Very Well Hung Hanger is a phallic sculpture derived from a hanger stolen from Mark Zuckerberg's residential trash in Palo Alto, California. XVALA articulated, "I just wanted to mooch a bit, and I thought it’d be funny to use Zuck in the same way he uses all of us. Trash is always an important part of information collection — it’s revealing," when asked about the piece by SOMA Magazine. "The Sculpture is about our loss of privacy in post-PC era."

Bieber Bot[edit]

Bieber Bot is a sculpture made from Justin Bieber's stolen residential trash can and a milk crate from Facebook's cafeteria. “We make our trash public domain, not realizing that our trash defines us more than social media,” XVALA said. “I want to exploit what people can’t Google".

The Kim Kardashian Party[edit]

Slammed and Dunked, a piece created by XVALA from a basketball retrieved from Kim Kardashian's garbage shortly following her divorce in 2011, was the focal point of a modern art show in Los Angeles, California on March 17, 2012. Slammed and Dunked is a resin sculpture based on the original, Trash Ball, which was also on display at the event along with screen prints of Kim Kardashian Twitter quotes. "We give our information to the Internet the same way we give our trash to the world, therefore trash is information to me."

Think Different[edit]

Think Different is an action sculpture of Steve Jobs created from recycled resin; recyclables in part acquired from Steve's stolen residential trash months before his death; copied from M.I.C. Gadget's discontinued Steve Jobs bobble head. According XVALA, "Either waiting in line for the next Apple gadget or on an assembly line, Apple is to die for."

Documentary[edit]

Vacant Era Films and Festival City Films is currently in production with the Daniel Edwards and XVALA documentary titled Domestic Bliss: The Daniel Edwards/XVALA Project and set for release fall 2011. Filmmaker Dave Smith will capture the lives’ of both artists and their latest collaboration, The Brangelina, to be unveiled in New York City, Los Angeles, London and Oklahoma City. Directed by Dave Smith and produced by Cory Allen.

Dietary Habits[edit]

The Cheesecake Factory[edit]

XVALA dines at The Cheesecake Factory. XVALA is known to consume Tropical Passion Iced Tea and the Skinnylicious Caesar Salad.

7-11[edit]

XVALA acquires hacker juice in the form of Diet Mtn Dew from 7-11.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Britney Spears Goes Bald". Bauer-Griffin (People). 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2009-08-20. [dead link]

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