Does an image have a backside, a derrière, or is it a hollow facade, like moving stage set pieces in early theater?
What lives behind the image, in the dimension-less gap between it and its background? Is there a smell to the air? Feel around for a texture. What else is there besides a presence without matter, dustless and cold?
A mirror with no reflection; a voice without echo. TELEVOIX makes queries about the image and its shadow–a fiction of the index.
From behind glass, a game of telephone plays out in an empty mall of surfaces. Each aisle reveals a series of impersonators who pose but are mute. Does the screen present or conceal?
Stepping closer, the forms recede. Are these image shadows sleight of hand? They are maybe more mundane, much less substantial than trickery, with an ordinary presence–playful or insidious, and anyway silent.
Where are we in this triangle of code? Bending away from the material world, we stretch instead toward the world of signs, propping ourselves up on a third leg–its shadow, an appendage felt but unseen.
Victoria Fu (b. 1978 Santa Monica, California) received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts; an MA in Art History from the University of Southern California; and a BFA from Stanford University. She was a participant of Skowhegan and the Whitney Independent Study Program, and is a recent Guggenheim Fellow and Harpo Foundation Grantee. Fu’s work is currently on view at Pérez Art Museum, Miami, in a group show, ‘Within Genres’. Recent solo exhibitions include Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY (2016); Center for Ongoing Research & Projects, Columbus, OH (2015); The Contemporary, Baltimore, MD (2015); University Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA (2014). She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson in January 2018.
Fu’s work has been included in group exhibitions and screenings such as Open Window, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Projections, 53rd New York Film Festival, New York (2014 & 2015); Vision Quest, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (2015); 2014 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2014); IX Bienal de Nicaragua, Fundación Ortiz Gurdian, Managua, Nicaragua (2014); Approximately Infinite Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA (2013). As an on-going collaboration with artist Matt Rich, they recently presented a two-person exhibition at The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI (2017), which will travel to UMass Boston’s Art University Hall Gallery in March 2018.