University of Oregon
Department of Art Lecture Series
Los Angeles- based Zoe Crosher uses photography as a starting point to examine the fiction of documentary, the materiality of the archive and the imaginary of the image. Through re-photography and ever-evolving iterations of both photographic and publishing-based work, she pursues a practice that is conceptual in orientation yet rooted in vernacular representation. Currently her multifaceted practice continues her conceptual mapping of the fantasy of Los Angeles, exploring the disconnect between the myth of going West and its reality. Out The Window (LAX) is an earlier project examining space and transience around the Los Angeles airport. For it, Crosher mapped and photographed planes coming into land through windows from inside thirty-one hotels surrounding LAX. A four-volume book series created with Aperture Ideas examines her most recent archive-obsessed work, The Michelle duBois Project.
Crosher has taught at UCLA and Art Center College of Design, and was Associate Editor of the journal Afterall after receiving her MFA from CalArts. In 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Art Here and Now Award by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and is a recent recipient of the Rauschenberg Award. Her work has been included in MoMA’s 2012 New Photography exhibition as well as extensive exhibitions throughout the United States. Currently she is working with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) on The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, a series she initiated of artist-produced billboards and activations that will unfold along Interstate 10 Freeway from Florida to California through spring 2015. She is also working on a Photography & Repetition Conference in collaboration with Los Angeles based-artist Kim Schoen, to travel from LAXART in Los Angeles in winter 2015, to Art In General in New York in spring 2015 and potentially to Paris in fall 2015.
Image caption- The Additive Dust Series no.39 from the series The Disappearing of Michelle duBois, 2012, Digital C-Print, 21 x 31 inches
photo credit: Tony Byrd