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Inside a Pacific Love Affair

BY Andrew Berardini

How Californian conceptual artist Jeffrey Vallance’s
1980s adventures in Polynesia softens the stigma of exoticism.

JEFFREY VALLANCE, The Brown Wall, 2008, mixed media with found objects, 243.8 x 426.7 cm. 

Photo by Joshua White. Courtesy the artist and Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles. 

As American sailors in World War II finished their tours of duty island-hopping across Polynesia, finally taking the long boat journey home to nuclear families, tract homes and postwar-boom jobs in widget factories, they longed to continue the excitement of their youthful adventures

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