Biron Valier


acrylic on canvas
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For me, old movie theatres and their marquees have a haunting quality. Their luminous entrances and dark interiors seem like portals to another world, a dreamlike place where light breathes life into images.

Film titles that float on cinema marquees sometimes become a form of urban poetry, at times incongruous, at other times unnervingly prophetic. Are these mysterious messages from another dimension, or reflections of a world that is fading away?

I painted my first disappearing cinema sign images in 1974, and they continue to intrigue me.

- Biron Valier, 2016