Val Kilmer is more than you’d expect. He isn’t just an actor. He has a passion for art. A new art show featuring Val Kilmer’s work opened at the Woodward Gallery in NYC. The show, titled VALHOLLA, references his Norse ancestry. The name has a sly spelling change, but is still a clearly recognizable reference to Valhalla, the hall of dead Viking warriors.
From Screen To Canvas
Val Kilmer is best known for characters he plays in popular movies. Top Gun, Batman Forever, Willow, Heat and more have cemented him in the pop culture psyche. His screen work is often the main focus, but an off-screen passion of creating art has led to this art show.
Many of the pieces in the show are contemporary abstractions or colorful pop art. He starts his abstract creations by exploring emotions. What does the emotional response to a prayer, a page in a paper, a song or the ocean visually show? Color then directs his movements, shifting the creation from contemplation to frenetic creation.
According to an article from the Woodward Gallery about the art show, “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.”
Val Kilmer reflects on his own fame, self worth and reacts through his art. He describes a personal transition through this period of his life, “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,” said Val Kilmer. “Its this moment of identifying the passageway, that black hole moment, and the promise or recognition that it’s not black at all.”
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