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”. She is currently working on a forthcoming book, The Good & The Glamorous: a Memoir of Misremembering, and preparing for a solo exhibition at The Aspen Museum for Winter 2017-Spring 2018.
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.