Out of the Pale
California-based artist Victoria Fu presents Out of the Pale, an exhibition of moving images that explores the folding of real and virtual spaces. Combining clips sourced from the internet and original film and video footage, these immersive installations examine the relationship between spectator, screen, architecture and image. These different configurations of moving image projection probe at the “physical” nature of images: What does the backside of an image look like? Does an image cast a shadow? Drawing from a painterly approach, Fu’s works display optical effects of light from a 16-mm filmmaking process as well as alterations in post-production. Layering analog and digital textures, codes, gestures, and even playful jabs at the artist’s production of the work itself, these works are meditations on how the virtual world inflects our experience of sight, perception and image-making. These works are simultaneously suggestive and provocative, distorting the senses to reorganize and reinterpret how viewers normally perceive and interact with cinematic and digital media works.
Victoria Fu was born in 1978 in Santa Monica, CA and lives in Southern California. She received a BA from Stanford University, an MA in Art History/Museum Studies from the University of Southern California, and an MFA from the California Institute of Arts. Victoria was a resident at Skowhegan in 2006, and a participant of the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2005-06. She is a recent Guggenheim Fellow and Harpo Foundation Grantee. Solo presentations of her work have been presented at Katonah Museum of Art (2016); Center for Ongoing Research & Projects, Columbus OH (2015); The Contemporary, Baltimore MD (2015); and the University of California, Irvine CA (2014). Her work has been screened at the 52nd and 53rd New York Film Festivals, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (2016) and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2015); and included in numerous group exhibitions including at Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2017); 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Art, New York NY; IX Nicaragua Biennial (2014) and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla CA (2013). Her recent 2017 solo exhibition Télévoix was reviewed in Frieze and ArtForum. She is currently represented by Simon Preston Gallery in New York and Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles.