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Ted Victoria

American, b. 1944

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Ted Victoria

American, b. 1944

Biography

Using low-tech tools like homemade projectors and a camera obscura, Ted Victoria creates illusory images and installations known for their lifelike qualities. For example, with Infestation (2009), Victoria transformed a museum facade into an aquarium brimming with sharks; it was actually projections of brine shrimp swimming around in small aquariums on the inside of every window. Likewise, in a series of intricate projections mimicking boxed displays, Victoria questioned perceptions of reality: what appeared to be framed objects (a ring, a feather, a pair of pliers) in motion were actually reflections of the objects’ image created on glass, made possible by a hidden construction of lights, timed motors, lenses, and mirrors. The effect is that the isolated objects—truly seeming as if they were contained in the boxes—come across as simultaneously disconnected from reality and very real.

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Biography

Using low-tech tools like homemade projectors and a camera obscura, Ted Victoria creates illusory images and installations known for their lifelike qualities. For example, with Infestation (2009), Victoria transformed a museum facade into an aquarium brimming with sharks; it was actually projections of brine shrimp swimming around in small aquariums on the inside of every window. Likewise, in a series of intricate projections mimicking boxed displays, Victoria questioned perceptions of reality: what appeared to be framed objects (a ring, a feather, a pair of pliers) in motion were actually reflections of the objects’ image created on glass, made possible by a hidden construction of lights, timed motors, lenses, and mirrors. The effect is that the isolated objects—truly seeming as if they were contained in the boxes—come across as simultaneously disconnected from reality and very real.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Sculpture Magazine