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Tête-à-Tête with Alexandre Dorriz and Danial Nord

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Participants were able to meet exhibition artists Alexandre Dorriz and Danial Nord for a talk about their works in Offal.
This program was organized by Jamie Costa.
About Alexandre Dorriz
Alexandre Dorriz is a research-based artist investigating auto-Orientalism, memory and fiber. In an ongoing series, he has archived his maternal family’s history of working with and collecting textiles for four generations, much of the collection smuggled into North America during the Iranian Diaspora of the 1970s and repurposed as gowns by his mother in the 1990s. He has never been to Iran.
His current research is in finding memory seriations in fiber, breeding silkworms to investigate how temporal indices appear in silk cocoons and modeling localized economies in an ongoing studio installation entitled, “Economies of Small, or the Location of Capital”.
In 2016 he began editing an online open-forum for anonymous confessions and narratives behind the shame of conscientious white/euro/anglo-washing of identities, entitled “http://whitewash.directory”.
Recent writings and lectures include “Auto-Orientalism and Trauma” presented at the 4th Annual Middle Eastern Studies Symposium at California State University, Chico and “My Two Favorite Colonizers Have An Awesome Group Show: Genghis Khan at the Ronald Reagan Library” for Temporary Art Review.
About Danial Nord
Danial Nord is an interdisciplinary artist who reinterprets the familiar language and trappings of mass communication. Nord’s provocative installations draw from his accomplishments as an award winning designer-animator in the entertainment industry, as an internationally based fashion designer, and as a scenic and prop artist for film, television and theater. His agile manipulation of color, light, form, moving image, and sound catches viewers in a cycle of seduction and confrontation.
Nord’s recent projects include “Cloud Nine,” a solo exhibition at Torrance Art Museum, and commissioned installations for UCI’s Beall Center for Art and Technology and the UC Santa Barbara Public Arts Research Lab. His large-scale media-driven sculptures were featured in “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now” at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and in the 2013 California-Pacific Triennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. He has exhibited in the US and abroad at World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China, Stadsmuseum Ghent, Belgium, in New York at Freight + Volume and ISE Cultural Foundation, in Philadelphia at ICA, and in the Los Angeles area at Torrance Art Museum, California Museum of Photography, Fringe Exhibitions, and the City of L.A. Municipal Art Gallery. His exhibitions have been covered by the LA Times, LA Weekly, ARTFORUM, Artweek, Artillery, Afterimage, and NPR. He has been honored with numerous awards including two Artistic Innovation Grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship.
Nord earned his BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome, Italy. He continued with postgraduate studies in communication technologies and media at the School of Visual Arts and the NYU Center for Digital Multimedia in New York. He lives and works in Los Angeles.