Victoria Fu: Belle Captive

Aug. 29, 2013 - Oct. 12, 2013

Opening reception Aug. 29, 2013, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Emerson Dorsch presents Belle Captive by Victoria Fu.

In Belle Captive, Victoria Fu's moving image installations appropriate stock media and narrative cinema to engage in a dialogue on recent paradigm shifts in film and video viewership. In her video installation Belle Captive I, Fu interrupts the picture plane and with it suspension of disbelief. Images are multiplied and layered to disorient the viewers' sense of space, shifting between the real and representation. Her lush photo collage works exploit the optical effects of light and space to induce a state of honeying through a prismatic disjunction of color and form. They result in a mesmerizing collage, of glowing reds and yellows, that is seemingly familiar and yet wholly abstract.

Victoria Fu holds a Masters of Fine Art from the California Institute of the Arts; a Masters of Arts in Art History from the University of Southern California; and a Bachelors of Arts from Stanford University. She was a participant of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Whitney Independent Study Program. Selected solo exhibitions include Lorem Ipsum at Marginal Utility (Philadelphia, PA), A Cloud is Not a Sphere at Flashpoint Gallery (Washington, DC), Milk of the Eye at Samson Projects (Boston, MA), and Lodestar | Polaris at General Public (Berlin, Germany). Selected group exhibitions include Render: New Constructions in Video Art at UCR/California Museum of Photography (Riverside, CA), Special Programs (with Ester Partegas) at Chinati Weekend (Marfa, TX), and Incidental Arrangements: Merry Xmas / War is Over at Galleria Gentili (Prato, Italy). She is the recipient of numerous grants and residencies including Montalvo Arts Center (Saratoga, CA), Fountainhead Residency (Miami, FL), and the Mellon Research Grant. She is currently Assistant Professor of Film/Video in the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History at the University of San Diego.




Victoria Fu

Victoria Fu

Victoria Fu

Victoria Fu

Victoria Fu

Victoria Fu

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Stills from Belle Captive I, 2013, video with audio, 6 min. loop.



Victoria Fu - Belle Captive I from Emerson Dorsch on Vimeo.




Victoria Fu

Victoria Fu
Stills from Belle Captive II, 2013, video projection, inkjet photograph cutouts, 6-minute loop.


Victoria Fu - Belle Captive II from Emerson Dorsch on Vimeo.