Dominic Quagliozzi: SICK SELF Exhibition

SICK SELF: Dominic Quagliozzi
February 26- April 30
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 29; 12pm- 3pm

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Gallery is pleased to present SICK SELF, an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Dominic Quagliozzi, curated by Ted Meyer. 

SICK SELF is an autobiographical meditation by Dominic, showing his art self as a mediator between his sick self and the world. Over the last 31 years Dominic has been living with the genetic disease Cystic Fibrosis, for which he has been interwoven with hospitals, treatments, medicine, doctors, and nurses. 

Because of the frequency Dominic is in and out of the hospital (4-5 times a year for 2-3 weeks each time), his hospital room acts as a surrogate studio. Objects In My Hospital Room is a collection of drawings made while he was inpatient for two weeks. Though the work depicts the different objects he sees while in bed, it is not the objects keeping him company- his company is found in the act of drawing. 

Six new paintings use a first-person perspective, much like videos from GO-PRO cameras or first-person video games, to show the latest developments Dominic has been through during a sharp decline in health. The abstracted or fragmented figure brings attention to the environment and objects or equipment as indicators of what is actually happening, rather than the figure creating the direct narrative. Each painting deals with figuration and/or abstraction on different levels, creating a non-linear timeline that cycles in and out of visual clarity. 

Dominic Quagliozzi lives and works Los Angeles, CA. He has Cystic Fibrosis and is currently listed for a double lung transplant. He holds a BA in Sociology from Providence College and a MFA from Cal State LA. He has shown in Boston, Providence, New York, and Los Angeles.

About the Program

Art can capture a multitude of meanings and help us see the world in different ways, including a way to understand those with illness. The Center for Educational Development and Research at
the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA will be sponsoring a rotating series of shows in our new medical education building, the Learning Resource Center, curated by guest artist, Ted Meyer.

In conjunction with the gallery show, the artists are asked to give lectures to the medical students discussing the patient experience, art and empathy.

The Gallery is located at:
700 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Gallery Hours: M-F; 9am-6pm

(cross-streets: Westwood Blvd/ Charles E. Young Dr.)
0.5 miles North of the Hammer Museum

Parking: Meters and Lots can be found near the Gallery. OR at The Hammer Museum off Westwood Blvd.



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