Victoria Fu & Matt Rich, with Marcus Civin - Friends with the monster
Victoria Fu & Matt Rich with Marcus Civin
Friends with the Monster
February 9 – April 28, 2019
Sunday, February 17, 12-2pm
Opening reception and performance of Apron Not Flag by Marcus Civin
USC Roski Graduate Fine Art Bldg. IFT (30th b/w S. Flower and Figueroa)
University of Southern California
Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
STATION Gallery and USC Roski School of Art and Design are delighted to present Friends with the Monster, an exhibition of collaborative works by Victoria Fu & Matt Rich, and related performance by Marcus Civin, Apron Not Flag. On view February 9 through April 28, 2018 at STATION Gallery, 3001 S. Flower Street in Los Angeles. Friends with the Monster is curated by David Kelley, USC Associate Professor of Art Practice.
The exhibition is composed of collaborative works by Victoria Fu and Matt Rich, displayed in an installation using photography, painting, and neon inspired by the utilitarian and domestic garment, the apron. The show includes a new large outdoor vinyl work, image constructions on fabric and on the wall, and a neon sculpture. Victoria Fu is a moving-image artist and Matt Rich is a painter; their collaboration has produced an amalgam of abstraction, concrete materiality of the utilitarian objects, and the ephemeral essence of media. The concept for this collaborative work began in 2013 at The Fountainhead, an artist residency in Miami, which later materialized in 2017 in their first collaborative exhibition, a solo at The Suburban (Milwaukee, WI), and later in 2018 at University of Massachusetts Boston University Art Gallery.
For their UMass Boston show, Monster A, the pair commissioned critic and artist Marcus Civin to create a performance that would activate these garment-like objects through an enunciation of bodies. Civin, known for his choreographic and incantatory performances, created an ensemble piece titled Apron Not Flag. He will be performing a new iteration of this work on February 17 at 12pm.
Artists VICTORIA FU & MATT RICH began a collaborative studio practice in 2017 that was recently awarded the San Diego Art Prize. Alongside their individual practices, this partnership combines their aesthetic sensibilities and working processes, resulting in collaborative works that have been exhibited at Document, Chicago, IL; EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL; La Jolla Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA; NADA, Miami, FL. They have had recent solo exhibitions at The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI; Angels Gate Cultural Center; San Pedro, CA; and University Hall Gallery at University of Massachusetts, Boston this past fall, where Marcus Civin was commissioned to create a performance for the exhibition. They teach, live and work in San Diego, CA, and maintain a studio in Los Angeles.
VICTORIA FU (b. Los Angeles, CA) received her MFA from CalArts, MA in Art History/Museum Studies from USC, and BA from Stanford University. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program and was in residence at Skowhegan. Her work has been exhibited in solos at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; The Contemporary, Baltimore, MD; Simon Preston Gallery, New York, NY; and University Art Gallery at UC Irvine, CA. Group venues include the Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL, 2014 Whitney Biennial, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; IX Nicaragua Biennial; New York Film Festival, New York, NY; among others. Fu has received major grants from Art Matters and Harpo Foundation, and is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.
MATT RICH (b. Boston, MA) received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BA from Brown University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Rich’s solo exhibitions and projects include venues such as Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton and New York, NY; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; The Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA; among others. He has been featured in group exhibitions at venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH; and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO. His work has been written about in publications including Modern Painters, Artforum, Art Papers, and The Boston Globe, among others, and has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Terra Foundation and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.
MARCUS CIVIN (b. Boston, MA) is an art professor and chair of the Art Department at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Previously, he was Associate Dean in Graduate Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He received an MFA in studio art from University of California, Irvine, and a BA in Theater from Brown University. He is a founder of New Urban Arts, a 21-year-old nonprofit afterschool art program in Providence, Rhode Island. His work reflects the status of movement and the collective in the contemporary realm. His writing has appeared recently on Artforum.com, in Art Papers, Full Bleed, Momus, and Nerve Lantern. His text, Megaphone!, was published by Press Press. Exhibitions include St. Charles Projects and School 33 in Baltimore; Angels Gate in San Pedro; Boston Center for the Arts; and Recess in New York. He has performed at The Kitchen in New York; and LAXART, LACE, and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; Transmodern in Baltimore; and The Supernova Performance Art Festival in Virginia.