Alexandre Dorriz

Eye for the Sensual

On view Mar 7 - 16
Reception: Mar 7, 7 - 9pm

Master of Fine Arts Gallery
USC Roski Graduate Art Studios
3001 S. Flower St. LA, 90007

Gallery hours: daily, Mar 7 - 16, 11am - 8pm

This 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Eye for the Sensual, showcases the practice of 2019 MFA Art Candidate Alexandre Dorriz. Concluding a two-year, studio-based graduate education, Dorriz has developed a practice informed by research-based critique and fieldwork for the exhibition.

Alexandre Dorriz explores the provenance, museum holdings, and financial contributions of Lynda and Stewart Resnick (POM Wonderful, Wonderful Pistachios, Teleflora, FIJI Water) by placing them in vacillating histories entangled in and between early modern Orientalist expansions and French colonial reincarnates. The exhibition reflects on Ibn al-Haytham’s Book of Optics and the absence of the mirage or atmospheric refraction, apparitions of water when there is none, to propel the question of representation in the institution at the prospects of droughts, floods, and the privatization of water banks.

Dorriz expands on bodies of fieldwork and research in a collection of short photo essays and prose in 9 parts, to be published on the day of the exhibition, entitled An Occidental Mirage.The recommend reading to the exhibition can be used as a directory to suggest retrocausal networks sequencing and scrambling through narratives within the Los Angeles County Museum’s (LACMA) 2010 Inaugural Exhibition for the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Pavilion, Eye for the Sensual : Selections from the Resnick Collection. The abridged essay, along with the exhibition, is redacted and revised through each of their 9 days on view.