Val Kilmer has an Art Show at the Woodward Gallery on Eldridge Street this Weekend

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 at 5:04 am by

The Iceman himself will (probably) be on the Lower East Side this weekend. Indulging his off-screen passion, actor Val Kilmer on Saturday will star in a new art exhibit at the Woodward Gallery Windows space on Eldridge Street. The installation, dubbed “VALHOLLA,” is the New York City art scene debut for the onetime Batman.

The project features about two dozen paintings, sculptures, and sketches (aka “scribbles”) by the actor.

“My love for New York is very, very deep. Because of the theater it has been my Mecca since early childhood,” said Val Kilmer in a public statement to Woodward Gallery. “Every film, every photograph spoke of the promise of a new life, worth dreaming of … It is holy ground for me.”

“I’ve been in a transition and focusing in on this moment of moving through a period of my life as the concept of a black hole – ones third act or for an actor, from lead to character parts,” Kilmer continued. “Its this moment of identifying the passageway, that black hole moment, and the promise or recognition that it’s not black at all.”

From the gallery’s website:

The exhibition ironically titled, VALHOLLA discloses a new life as Kilmer redirects his path into contemporary gestural Abstractions and colorful Pop Art. Val Kilmer’s Norse ancestry is conceptualized in his ascent to Valhalla (pronounced “val-HALL-uh”),where the dead who reside in Valhalla, lived a life that would have been the envy of any Viking warrior. All day long, the warrior would fight one another, doing countless valorous deeds along the way. But every evening, all their wounds would be healed, and become restored to full health.

Kilmer explains the abstract series is born from the perspective that matter isn’t matter, it’s energy. And energy is viewable or instigated by thought or perception according to modern physics. This metaphysical reality stretches so far beyond physical reality that images help satisfy the fragile human minds inability to grasp the infinite.

VALHOLLA runs through July 22; he’ll randomly show up during that interval, the gallery says.

Val Kilmer’s best role…

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