A Voyage to Extremes:

Selected Spiritual

Jeffrey Vallance

Edited by Jon Auman
Designed and typeset by Traven T. Croves

(Spring, MMXXII)



... of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit

... of or relating to sacred matters
... ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal

... concerned with religious values

... related or joined in spirit

... of or relating to supernatural beings or phenomena
... of, relating to, or involving spiritualism

Following his appearance in editions of the PAPER HOTEL (Volumes #5 and #7), Tenement Press will publish a collection of Vallance’s spiritual writings in 2022; a gathering of essays and vignettes concerning ghosts and the paranormal; Richard Nixon; (fabulous) vegas casinos; lessons learned in Lapland; Charlie Manson’s father; the glory of Ronald McDonald; Martin Luther, Blinky (the friendly hen), Thomas Kinkade, and more. A Voyage to Extremes will publish in the early Spring.

° For Hotel #7, including Vallance’s essay ‘Yahweh to Yahoo,’ see here.

Jeffrey Vallance was born in 1955 in Redondo Beach, CA. In 1979, he received a B.A. from CSUN and in 1981 an M.F.A. from Otis. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Vallance’s work blurs the lines between object making, installation, performance, curating and writing and his projects are often site-specific, such as burying a frozen chicken at a pet cemetery; traveling to Polynesia to research the myth of Tiki; having audiences with the king of Tonga; the queen and president of Palau and the presidents of Iceland; creating a Richard Nixon Museum; traveling to the Vatican to study Christian relics; installing an exhibit aboard a tugboat in Sweden; and curating shows in the museums of Las Vegas (such as the Liberace and Clown Museum). In Lapland Vallance constructed a shamanic “magic drum,” In Orange County, Mr. Vallance curated the only art world exhibition of the Painter of Light entitled Thomas Kinkade: Heaven on Earth. In 1983, he was host of MTV’s The Cutting Edge and appeared on NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman. In 2004, Vallance received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation award. In addition to exhibiting his artwork, Vallance has written for such publications and journals as Art issues, Artforum, L.A. Weekly, Juxtapoz, Frieze and the Fortean Times. He has published over ten books including Blinky the Friendly Hen, The World of Jeffrey Vallance: Collected Writings 1978-1994, Christian Dinosaur, Art on the Rocks, Preserving America’s Cultural Heritage, Thomas Kinkade: Heaven on Earth, My Life with Dick, Relics and Reliquaries, The Vallance Bible and Rudis Tractus (Rough Drawing)


(top) © Jeffrey Vallance, ‘Lutherian Boy’  
(mid. right) © Jeffrey Vallance, the author at his Lutheran Confirmation in Canoga Par, CA, 1967 (courtesy of the artist and Edward Cella Art & Architecture) 
(mid. left) © Jeffrey Vallance, the face of Saint Luke—patron saint of physicians, surgeons, butchers, cattlemen, bachelors, bookbinders, brewers, hospitals, art guilds, and artists (including painters, sculptors, goldsmiths, lacemakers, and stained glass workers)—as it spontaneously appeared to Vallance on a slab of meat cut from a beef hindquarter. 
(bottom) © Jeffrey Vallance, ‘Vallance Now,’ 2016 (courtesy of the artist and Edward Cella Art & Architecture)