The Curious Art of Valerie von Sobel
What I do know is this: art is more than art. It’s enlightening. Thought provoking. Disturbing. Paradigm altering. Connecting. Lovely. Assemblage art is good eye candy when I’m in the mood to have a different wine so to speak. Assemblage is an artistic process. It can be mysterious and hermetic and for those who don’t know, it’s a technique, not a style. In the visual arts it consists of making two or three-dimensional artistic compositions by putting together found objects which can consist of non-art elements or even junk (the real treasures in my view) from the real world giving assemblages a disturbing rawness and poetic quality. Socializing with like-minded peeps who love art and fashion, with a curious couture-clad irreverent redhead named Valerie von Sobel in one fell swoop? What more could you possibly want…
Artist/philanthropist Valerie von Sobel sees art and beauty everywhere. Her history, personality and works are a combined expression of a complex person who lived a remarkable life. As a Hollywood actress, interior designer, mother and philanthropist (at age 73) she has a new passion for sculpture. Her work plays with shape, space, balance, texture, and drama to create one-of-a-kind assemblage and mixed media pieces. This style spy attended her debut collection of provocative and quirky objets d’art titled “The Curious Art of Valerie Von Sobel” on exhibit at Voila! Gallery in the heart of the design district of Los Angeles. (On display February 7 – March 7, 2015.)
A little over a year ago Valerie had an epiphany, discovering her talent while on a long monotonous phone call (you know, the one that’s like a root canal without Novocaine.) She started fiddling with her fingers, diverting her attention to something more pleasurable – putting interesting objects together on her desk. Embracing this achievement, a star in the art world was born. Already at home in the design world, von Sobel brought her work to Katrien Van der Schueren, owner of LA’s Voila! Gallery who was intrigued. As Katrien states,“Her pieces are always in perfect balance, harmoniously playful, witty and ever evocative. Each one takes us into an imaginary world of intriguing history, always with a touch of humor and a glimmer of deep-rooted sadness at the same time.”
Once inside the gallery opening night, I looked at the exotic assortment of cool vibe guests and asked myself, “what the…?!”, then proceeded to work the room, consumed with photography. I shouted, “Don’t move, strike a pose, I’ll dance around you.” And dance is what I did, capturing all the highlights. It felt more like Brooklyn’s hipster planet of Bushwick as guests celebrated Valerie’s art. Valerie rocked a Jeremy Scott design combined with a black Valentino skirt, Givenchy feather belt and 1940‘s Vreba vintage necklace. Remarkably lovely. Like all truly wonderful fashion, her style completely transcends the vagaries of time. Models with their come hither eyes and mile long legs, flanked by confident women in leather, velvet and lace, left hand on hip (as in Robert Palmer’s eostrogen passage video Addicted to Love) worked the room. Beyonce’s presence was felt the moment Dejah Gomez walked in the door (her beauty not only skin deep but remarkably talented as well.) Working hats in ways their grandmothers never imagined, guests scrunched and flopped all kinds of millinery styles and one cute pup sported a gold chained hot pink leash. Let’s get one thing straight, embracing all things creative is for me a face-first log flume of wonder and gawk. Soooo not boring!
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, making mistakes, and having fun. So dress up, let loose and find the bar as quickly as you can for a martini. Slip off those God forsaken sexy heels and sling one back girlie-style with attitude. Is there any better way? After mingling with wicked libations and getting my eyes full of inspiring frocks, art and one very tall welcoming zebra, this party goer needed to exit. (Lordy, why do I insist on over indulging like a rock-star only to find myself curled up in fetal position on my office couch, thinking to myself: what. the. fack.)
In the midst of a society obsessed with selfies, what I am learning is this; women in the mature years of their lives harbor a secret: This is where the good stuff is! They bloom into their boldness and beauty as they age. Courageous instead of fearful, nurturing instead of critical. Haven’t you noticed? Wrinkles need not get in the way of a remarkable satisfying life. With articles entitled: A Bereaved Mother’s Gift (she lost her beloved son Andre, age 19, to an inoperable brain tumor) Nine Lives – Only One Heart, Room for Reflections, Angel of Mercy, Just When You Believe It’s Over, in Fact It Can Just Begin and years of philanthropy, Valerie’s continued fearless dedication to giving back demonstrates that we should embrace getting older — it gives us more time to make a difference.
As her website states, “Striving to evolve will likely be a lifelong occupation, as I yearn to earn a wink from maestro Dali”. I think the world would agree with me, wink, wink – nod, nod.
A night where art and fashion merged. And they did…with reckless abandon.
*A portion of the proceeds of work sold will go to the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation the charity that is named for her son. The foundations mission is to help single parents of terminally ill children (www.andreriveroflife.org). They assisted more than 10,000 families to date, in a 24-hour turnaround time, to the tune of over $7 million dollars.