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Dorian Wood (b. 1975, pronouns: they/them) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Using subject matter informed by their own perspective as a non-binary brown person, a child of Costa Rican and Nicaraguan immigrants, and an autodidact, Wood’s intent of “infecting” spaces and ideologies with their artistic practice is born from a desire to challenge traditions and systems that have contributed to the marginalization of people.

 

Wood has performed at institutions that include The Broad, Los Angeles, CA (2018), REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA (2019), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, CA (2010), Museo Nacional Del Prado, Madrid, Spain (2019), the City Hall of Madrid, Spain (2015), Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris, Mexico City, Mexico (2019), Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2017), Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany (2014), Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany (2014) and Moods, Zurich, Switzerland (2019), and at festivals that include Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles, CA (2011), OUTsider Fest, Austin, TX (2019), Festival Cruilla, Barcelona, Spain (2017), WorldPride Madrid, Spain (2017), Festivals Kometa, Riga, Latvia (2016), Moers Festival, Germany (2017), Cully Jazz Festival, Switzerland (2015) and Saint Ghetto Festival, Bern, Switzerland (2017).  

 

From 2019 to 2020, Wood completed several successful international tours with their chamber orchestra tribute to Chavela Vargas, XAVELA LUX AETERNA. 

 

As a visual artist, Wood has created illustrations and video installations that have been exhibited in galleries around the world. They have also directed several short films, among them “American Savagery” (2021), “FAF” (2021), “The World’s Gone Beautiful” (2020), “PAISA” (2019, co-directed with Graham Kolbeins), “O” (2014) and “La Cara Infinita” (2013).

 

Wood is a recipient of the Creative Capital Award (2020) and the Art Matters Foundation grant (2020), and a past artist-in-residence at Building Bridges Art Exchange, Santa Monica, California (2020), Etopia, Centro de Arte y Tecnologia, under the FUGA program, Zaragoza, Spain (2019) and MASS Gallery, Austin, Texas (2017). They have been invited as a visiting artist to speak at institutions that include Northwestern University (2021), Occidental College (2019), Syracuse University (2020), UCLA (2021), CalArts School of Music (2021) and Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2020). 

 

Wood has released over a dozen recordings, among them the albums ARDOR (Independent, 2020), REACTOR (Independent, 2020), XALÁ (Atonal Industries, 2017), Down, The Dirty Roof (Atonal Industries, 2013), Rattle Rattle (Atonal Industries, 2013), Brutus (Independent, 2010) and BOLKA (Independent, 2007).

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Dorian Wood (n. 1975, pronombre: elle) es une artista multidisciplinarie basade en Los Ángeles. Usando temas informados por su propia perspectiva como una persona morena no-binaria, un hije de inmigrantes costarricenses y nicaragüenses, y une autodidacta, la intención de Wood de “infectar” espacios e ideologías con su práctica artística nace de un deseo de desafiar tradiciones y sistemas que han contribuido a la marginación de seres humanos.

 

Wood ha actuado en instituciones que incluyen The Broad, Los Ángeles, CA (2018), REDCAT, Los Ángeles, CA (2019), Los Ángeles Contemporary Exhibitions, CA (2010), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, España (2019), Ayuntamiento de Madrid, España (2015), Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris, Ciudad de México, México (2019), Museo Folkwang, Essen, Alemania (2017), Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Alemania (2014), Kampnagel, Hamburgo, Alemania (2014) y Moods, Zurich, Suiza (2019), y en festivales que incluyen Pacific Standard Time, Los Ángeles, CA (2011), OUTsider Fest, Austin, TX (2019), Festival Cruilla, Barcelona, ​​España (2017), WorldPride Madrid, España (2017), Festivals Kometa, Riga, Letonia (2016), Moers Festival, Alemania (2017), Cully Jazz Festival, Suiza (2015) y Saint Ghetto Festival, Berna, Suiza (2017).

 

De 2019 a 2020, Wood completó varias giras internacionales con su orquesta de cámara en homenaje a Chavela Vargas, XAVELA LUX AETERNA.

 

Como artista visual, Wood ha creado ilustraciones y videoinstalaciones que se han exhibido en varias galerías internacionales. También ha dirigido varios cortometrajes, entre ellos “American Savagery” (2021), “FAF” (2021), “The World's Gone Beautiful” (2020), “PAISA” (2019, codirigido con Graham Kolbeins), “ O ”(2014) y“ La Cara Infinita ”(2013).

 

Wood recibió el premio Creative Capital Award (2020) y la subvención de la Art Matters Foundation (2020), y fue artista residente en Building Bridges Art Exchange, Santa Monica, California (2020), Etopia, Centro de Arte y Tecnologia, bajo el programa FUGA, Zaragoza, España (2019) y MASS Gallery, Austin, Texas (2017). Ha dado charlas como artista invitade en instituciones que incluyen Northwestern University (2021), Occidental College (2019), Syracuse University (2020), UCLA (2021), CalArts School of Music (2021) e Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Ángeles (2020).

 

Wood ha lanzado más de una docena de grabaciones, entre ellas los álbumes ARDOR (Independent, 2020), REACTOR (Independent, 2020), XALÁ (Atonal Industries, 2017), Down, The Dirty Roof (Atonal Industries, 2013), Rattle Rattle (Atonal Industries, 2013), Brutus (Independiente, 2010) y BOLKA (Independiente, 2007).

 

P R E S S

 

"Conservatories and gay bars in Los Angeles were the places where Dorian Wood began to develop his particular way of looking at music...and this, combined with the gifts of nature (a powerful voice and an innate ability to deliver intense performances), have made him an artist that is both transcendental and unclassifiable." - ROLLING STONE (Spain)

"The performer, who bends genres as much as he bends gender, in performances that are a little bit torch song and a lot avant-garde, delivers vocals that offer sublime beauty and pain." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

"A fearless artist and performer whose voice inhabits a room like a choir of ghosts...the man's work is imbued with both bleeding rawness and dramatic flair." - LA WEEKLY

"A cutting edge sound that respectfully acknowledges the folk music of his birth, Dorian is an artist who does not stop...his life is the rhythm of his creative impetus." - GQ (Mexico)

"Their music transcends and shakes you to the core." - INSTINCT MAGAZINE

"While his poetry may leave you politically unsettled, Wood is exercising his freedom to boldly share his perspective that is at times both nightmarish and delicate, elegant and disturbed, and well worth many undivided listens." - THE DELI MAGAZINE

 

"Dorian Wood is a force of nature, and not merely due to his magnificent presence, but because his concerts are like a meteor shower and the four elements." - MONDOSONORO (Spain)

"Think Dorian Wood is a rude boy or a punk rocker? Not quite. The soundscapes of this avant-garde L.A. artist find beauty in the delicate balance between dark and light, pain and joy. His eccentric synthesis of folk, soul and experimentalism is DIY enough to make him a rebel to anyone’s ears, all while recalling the intensity of Tom Waits and Nick Cave." - BUZZBANDS L.A.

"Dorian Wood is more than an experimental musician with a message—he's a performance artist able to thread together difficult concepts into moving tableaus." - OUT Magazine

 

"Wood is a promise for the future - and a very special type of pop singer." - Badische Zeitung (Germany)

"One listen to Dorian Wood and you'll be musically scarred for life and this is a good thing...He is an enigma. A genius. Possibly a soothsayer. But, really, just a man that will move you with his words and his music unlike most any other artist you'll ever encounter." - LA-UNDERGROUND

"Just in case you thought that Sufjan Stevens was the only arty, ambitious folkie out there, there's also the sweet-voiced Los Angeles singer/songwriter Mr. Wood." - VILLAGE VOICE

"Artist and musician Dorian Wood makes mercurial pop that demands and deserves attention." - WNYC CULTURE​

"Wood unleashes gospel-infused wails and testimony that bring the audience…to a frenzy.” – THE ADVOCATE