Zoe Crosher is an artist who lives and works between Los Angeles and New York. Most recently, she has been conceptually mapping and ‘pre-archiving’ L.A. and the troubled notion of the “West”. Her iterative and multi-faceted projects explore overlooked and forgotten histories, both real and manufactured, and concern the schism of documentary—the interstice between the presumption and promise of truth and what that reality actually is. Crosher’s practice engages with this confusion, questioning the assumption of ‘The Real’ in documentary, often collapsing and confusing fiction and reality. Performing the archive with a particular conceptual and readymade aesthetic and playing with misinformation, mis-captioning, rephotography, transience, and misremembering, she often blurs reality, image, material and disappearance, primarily in relation to obsolesce and forgotten (mainly female) figures. The resulting ‘Imagiatic’ is an idea she coined to describe work related to image/the imaginary/imagene/imago, that is inspired by, but is not bound to, the photographic. Realized as various types of images, lightboxes, photographic installations and bronzed sculptures, as well as ‘stand-in collaborations’, performances and public art installations with other artists and curators. She is currently working on Madame & Her Bronzed Sex Blossoms, to be published by Artists X Books.
Named a “prominent Los Angeles artist” by The New York Times, Crosher’s work is included in various international, private and museum collections including The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Palm Springs Museum, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami. In 2012, she took part in MoMA’s New Photography show, and in 2011 she was a recipient of the prestigious “Art Here and Now Award,” awarded by the LACMA. From 2013-2015, Crosher collaborated with the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) on The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, a series she initiated of artist-produced billboards and activations that unfolded all along the Interstate 10 Freeway, for which she received the 2015 Smithsonian Ingenuity of the Year Award. Numerous books have been published on her work, including one released in February 2016 by Hesse Press and a four-volume set by Aperture Ideas in 2011-2012. She is the founder and president of the Los Angeles branch of The Fainting Club and a fellow at the Royal Society of the Arts in London, was Associate/Assistant Editor of the journal Afterall, and has taught at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. Crosher received an MFA from California Institute of Arts (CalArts) in 2001.