Zoe Crosher, ‘Unlit Lightbox #2 (Test Print) From the Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall, Los Angeles, Chinatown Version, 2016’, 2017, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions: Benefit Auction 2017

Zoe Crosher is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She is primarily interested in the gaps between expectation and misremembering, what she terms the imaginary, perfectly suited to the historical conditions of photography, the documentary impulse and narrative. Throughout her work she questions the notion of a singular history and single image, as well as the efficacy and problems of the archive, totality, and “truth”. Playing with misinformation and mis-captioning, confusing and collapsing the real and the fake, she iteratively blurs reality, image, material and disappearance over and through time, often in relation to forgotten (mainly female) figures. This resulting ‘Imagiatic’ is an idea she coined to describe recent work that it is related to image, imaginary, imagene, etc. but is not bound to the photographic. Realized primarily as photographs and bronzed sculptures, as well as ‘stand-in collaborations’ with other artists and curators, she has most recently engaged the imaginary of Los Angeles and the troubled notion of the “West”.
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About Zoe Crosher

Since 2005, Zoe Crosher has been editing, enlarging, and reproducing found photographs of a woman named Michelle DuBois. “The Michelle DuBois Project” is based on the self-portraits of an escort based in Oklahoma during the 1960s and 1970s, initially photographed to explore feminine and sexual tropes. In order to emphasize the physicality of both photograph and subject, Crosher manipulates her images, crumpling and rephotographing in the case of Mae Wested (2012) or sun-fading in The Other Disappeared Nurse (2012), to suggest analog photography. Her reframing of existing images parallels the work of the Pictures Generation during the 1980s, offering new ways of looking. Crosher’s ultimate goal is to question representation and perception, inspired by the disconnect between fantasy and reality that photography enables.

American, b. 1975, Santa Rosa, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Group Shows

The Pit, 
Los Angeles,
Sonce Alexander Gallery, 
Los Angeles,