Tracey Emin

Victoria Fu: blurring visual boundaries

Celebrating Deutsche Bank’s 20 years as Global Lead Partner of Frieze art fairs with a series of 20 articles on 20 featured artists.

Victoria Fu's works are meditations on vision, perception and the creation of images. Born in 1978 and based in San Diego, California, Fu's installations combine photography, video screens, mirrors, light projections and neon to create an interplay between objects, moving and still images. Fu uses clips from the internet, 16mm film, and digital video footage, which she edits with visual effects in post-production.

 

Often interacting with the surrounding architecture, her work questions our notions of what is "real" and "artificial" and explores the cultural and psychological spaces created by the virtualisation of the world – and how this changes the human experience. "Post-cinema" is a term that is often mentioned in connection with Fu's work. It refers to the expansion of the traditional cinematic experience into an immersive one in which there are no longer clear boundaries between viewer, medium, and "image".

 

Combining light art and cutting-edge technology

Fu's artistic practice follows in the tradition of California artists such as James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Ed Ruscha, and Diana Thater. In 2019, she was invited to create an exhibition in the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Lounge for the first edition of Frieze Los Angeles. Responding to the architecture of the lobby of the Paramount Theatre, she developed a multimedia installation that explores the circle as an architectural motif and plays with light elements and projections. Similar to her 2017 lithography series "Circle Prism 1-3", the work creates an experience that oscillates between abstraction and representation.

 

About this article series

This article forms part of a special series celebrating Deutsche Bank’s 20 years as Global Lead Partner of Frieze art fairs, taking a closer look at one of 20 artists we have collaborated with and whose work features in the Deutsche Bank Collection.

Deutsche Bank's commitment to art and culture

Deutsche Bank is the Global Lead Partner for Frieze art fairs, with 2023 marking the 20th year of the partnership. As part of its Art & Culture commitment, Deutsche Bank has supported and collected the work of cutting-edge, international artists for more than 40 years. A global leader in corporate art programmes, the bank also runs an Artist of the Year programme, as well as its own cultural centre in Berlin, the PalaisPopulaire. All initiatives are based on the strong belief that engagement with art has a positive impact, not only on clients and staff but also on the communities in which the bank operates. Thus further collaborations such as the Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award in the United States, The Art of Conversation in Italy, the Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship in the United Kingdom, and the digital platform Art:LIVE, create access to contemporary art for people all around the world. Discover more here.

 

Please find more information on Deutsche Bank’s art programme at db.com/art and follow us on Instagram @deutschebankart

 

Main image: Victoria Fu, "Circle Prism 1-3", 2017, Archival inkjet print © Victoria Fu

 

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