Portmateau (2009)


OCTOBER 30, 2010





Opening reception: Saturday, September 25, from 6 to 8 pm

N O M A Gallery Projects presents the newest installment of "the videoho0le project", Portmanteau by artist Victoria Fu.

Portmanteau (2009) is a 16-mm film shot at Arcosanti, an unfinished experimental city in Arizona. Set against a backdrop of what was once a possible utopia, a lone figure wanders the vast spaces of the deserted compound. The title takes its cue from the meaning of "portmanteau" (coined by Lewis Carroll): a word concocted by fusing two different words together. The dual-screen format illustrates the two faces of hope and desolation as well as two subjectivities, simultaneous and whole--opening up time and space to its alternates.

Victoria Fu (b. Los Angeles) received her BA in Art from Stanford, MA in Art History from USC, and MFA from CalArts. Her film and video installations have been exhibited at De Appel in Amsterdam, Sala Rekalde in Bilbao, Savannah College of Art, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, REDCAT at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Seoul National University in Korea, El Museo de la Ciudad in Quito, Frederieke Taylor Gallery and CRG Gallery in New York, Fundación Sa Nostra in Palma de Mallorca, Ballhaus Ost and General Public in Berlin. Recipient of a Borchard Foundation Fellowship and a 2009 Art Matters Foundation Grant, she worked on publications for the Centre Pompidou, Musée d'Orsay, USC Fisher Gallery, Otis College of Art+Design, and currently on a catalogue raisonné of Jasper Johns. Co-founder of ART OFFICE, she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2005-06, was resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and at Skowhegan, where she is now the Dean. She lives and works in Brooklyn.