Inktober: Into the Unknown

Welcome to Virtual Gallery Online’s first annual Inktober exhibition! Inspired by collective uncertainty of how the pandemic will continue to affect daily life, this year’s theme is “Into the Unknown.” Exhibiting the works of Kevin Valor, Angélica Turner, Alex Schmaltz, & Alicia McDaniel and their unique interpretations of this phrase. We asked each artist to elaborate on how their work ties “Into the Unknown.” See their phenomenal work and statements below.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the work in the show please contact the artists directly.

Kevin Valor

“With my works, I explore the senses of grotesque and humor and I believe these senses often accompany the unknown-ness as well.”

Pudgy Hill, mixed media on paper, 24 x 18 inches, 2021.
Abrupt Green, mixed media on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2020.
Prolonged Stretch, mixed media on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2021.
Bruise Mountain, mixed media on paper, 24 x 18 inches, 2021.
Panicky Spiral, mixed media on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2021.
Buoyancy Castle, mixed media on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2021.
Wriggling Evening, mixed media on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2021.
Marinated Microbe, mixed media on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2021.
Curled Carpets, mixed media on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 2021.

Alex Schmaltz

“[My work is] Looking into the unknown of the deaths of the indigenous children at the residential schools in Canada. How this could happen, what happens after death, and how we can rectify this horrendous period of history.”

Untitled, acrylic paint on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2021.
Orange moon, acrylic paint on canvas board, 12 x 16 inches, 2021.

Angélica Turner

“My drawing practice it’s a constant, a graphic journal that runs in parallel to my studio practice, exploring the same from a simple perspective: representing daily moments charged with emotions through a loose and clumsy line. This series of ink drawings is a documentation in progress of the days since I was admitted to the hospital for a high-risk pregnancy, where I still am. They are about companionship, friendship, love, confinement, resilience… and waiting. These drawings are a symbol of the present moment, and embracing one day at time, without planning,
not knowing how many they will be.”

The Wait- Day 3, pen on paper, dimensions variable, 2021.
The Wait- Day 3 (2), pen on paper, dimensions variable, 2021.
The Wait- Day 4, pen on paper, dimensions variable, 2021.
The Wait- Day 6, pen on paper, dimensions variable, 2021.
The Wait- Day 6 (2), pen on paper, dimensions variable, 2021.
The Wait- Day 10, pen on paper, dimensions variable, 2021.

Alicia McDaniel

“Since the pandemic started, I had to end my artist residency in San Francisco and leave my studio behind. While I’ve stayed connected virtually to other artists, I have been struggling to produce as much work as I did when I had a space. Now that I am making work at a smaller scale I have returned to painting. This shift started with my good friend Amanda’s birthday. Money has been tight so I decided to make her something special. After finishing Amanda’s portrait of Samantha Robinson as Elaine Parks, I painted a portrait of Sacheen Littlefeather for my mother’s birthday. These two works celebrate these two women, their idols, and my return to art making during a time of uncertainty.”

For Rachel, ink and gouache paint on mixed media paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2021.
For Amanda, ink and gouache paint on mixed media paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2021.