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  2. Installation view, LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA, September 2015
  3. Installation view, LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA, September 2015
Oct 26, 07:13 PM

Exhibit | Zoe Crosher: Prospecting Palm Fronds, by Alicia Eler for Crave

The artist’s solo exhibition at LAX Art evokes a Duchamp-ian conceptualism mixed with the inevitably glam history of the palm tree and Los Angeles.

Zoe Crosher’s new body of work LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds at LAX Art (on view through October 24) offers an uncannily beautiful approach to L.A.-specific detritus with a DuChampian appeal toward the question: What is contemporary art? Here’s the gist: Crosher goes around to various sites in Los Angeles, picking up palm fronds that have fallen to the ground, and then takes them back to her studio, where she casts them in bronze, and titles them based on the cross streets where she originally discovered them.

Somewhere between the idea that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and the Duchamp-ian notion that any object placed into an art gallery can be elevated to the status of art, Crosher creates a dialogue about both the art object as commodity fetishism while ultimately playing into the commodity that she has actually created. Oddly enough, these palm fronds also look like objects that one might find at Crate + Barrel or some other store that sells decorative objects, which only furthers the very meta consumer nature of this artwork. These are all relevant critiques of the art market and American consumerism, and they’re also part of an ongoing theme in Crosher’s work about the landscape of Southern California and its purported ‘value,’ both as a land mass and as a place of fantasy and desire as created by Hollywood.

But the main thing about Crosher’s body of work at LAX, and perhaps the point that she’s trying to make in actually creating these pieces, is that the work itself is uninteresting to interact with, and actually quite conservative as actual works of art. The palm fronds are arranged in two large galleries like tombstones in a graveyard; elsewhere on a perfectly clean white pedestal, we see a variety of other small palm tree plant parts arranged like archaeological artifacts in a lab, anesthetized for delicate eyes.

There are a lot of shows in Los Angeles that either implicate the landscape, or make some sort of cultural commentary on this place’s actual plant-life. Take for instance Jenny Yurshansky’s stunningly brilliant dissection of the layered meanings behind the term “invasive species” as it refers to plants, but also to conservative approaches to immigrant reform, border cultures and multiculturalism, all of which she explores in “Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory” at Pitzer College. Petra Cortright appropriates the iconic palm trees, as found on the Internet, that may or may not actually be native to SoCal but have come to signify a mediated version of Los Angeles as many have come to know it on a surface-level through films like Steve Martin’s L.A. Story. Crosher’s SoCal palms are somewhere in the mix of this manufactured palm tree forest, but with a very different set of intentions.

In her work, Crosher has been known to collect found images, as in the brilliant “Michelle duBois Project”, which came to her as if in a dream. For this series, she happened upon a treasure trove of self-portraits, which would now undoubtedly be referred to as selfies, of an all-American Oklahoma girl and sometimes escort named Michelle duBois. This woman basically takes amazing self-portraits of herself as various female archetypes, from Mae West to sexy nurse and femme fatale. Each image is imbued with an unmistakable quest to welcome the viewer to look and enjoy, without ever promising more than visual pleasure for one’s eyes. Crosher’s “Michelle duBois Project” smartly considers questions of showing other peoples’ works, if the images are only considered “art” because of their appearance in the gallery, and the continued fascination of femme gender performance in advertising and media.

Her current body of palms also uncovers the found object and, through its recontexualization into the gallery, considers what it could mean now that it’s no longer dead but not necessarily alive.

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News & Events
  1. Zoe Crosher to judge 2018 Golden Pear Award, designed to raise interest & awareness for independent & artisan perfumers ~ London, April 2018 Posted September 20, 2017
  2. Zoe Crosher at the Aspen Art Museum, Opening December 15th, 2017 ~ Prospecting Palm Fronds Posted September 14, 2017
  3. WANDERLUST: ACTIONS, TRACES, JOURNEYS 1967-2017 Opens September 7th at UB Art Galleries Posted September 14, 2017
  4. Two Truths & A Lie, August 24th - September 30th, 2017. Artist Talk: Zoe Crosher Thursday, August 24 | 5:30 p.m. Posted August 18, 2017
  5. ArtCrush Auction 2017, August 2–4, 2017 Aspen, CO Posted July 30, 2017
  6. Zoe Crosher listed as Cultural Influencer and Innovator in Summer 2017 Issue LAC Magazine Posted June 21, 2017
  7. Zoe Crosher is Artist-in-Residence at Marble House Project in Dorset, VT Posted June 20, 2017
  8. Art Seed Artist Talk at the Marble House Project Posted June 20, 2017
  9. Deconstruction, the 11th Los Angeles Fainting Club Posted June 14, 2017
  10. Steve Turner L.A. is pleased to present All the Small Things, an exhibition of Los Angeles-based artists featuring works that do not exceed six inches in any dimension. Posted June  1, 2017
  11. Zoe Crosher in Residence for 2017 at the Wende Museum, a collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history. Posted May 11, 2017
  12. Zoe Crosher in LACE BENEFIT ART AUCTION | Wednesday May 10, 2017 7-9 PM Posted May  2, 2017
  13. Zoe Crosher & Catherine Wagley at DFLAT Residency, Mexico City, March 18-28, 2016 Posted March 26, 2017
  14. The Fainting Club in Palm Springs inspired by the current exhibition at The Palm Springs Art Museum: Women in Abstract Expressionism Posted March  1, 2017
  15. Joanie 4 Jackie, Zoe Crosher brings Miranda July and Astria Suparak to CalArts during their Pacific Coast Tour, November 13, 2000. Posted February 17, 2017
  16. SUPERNATURE, Organized by Zoe Crosher & Emma Gray at Five Car Garage Los Angeles, CA, January 2018 Posted February 16, 2017
  17. Panel Discussion / Art in the Age of Donald Trump at Art Los Angeles Contemporary Posted January 24, 2017
  18. Amplify Compassion: An Art Sale to Benefit the ACLU at 356 S.Mission / Los Angeles, CA Posted January 19, 2017
  19. Floral Patterns ~ An Essay About Flowers And Art (with a blooming addendum.) by Andrew Berardini for Mousse Magazine Posted October  9, 2016
  20. The Very 1st Cambridge, Massachusetts Fainting Club Dinner, hosted by Alison Nordström & Lucy Soutter Posted October  2, 2016
  21. Zoe Crosher in Human Condition, curated by John Wolf, at the recently abandoned Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center Posted September 30, 2016
  22. Zoe Crosher at SFAI The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, 7:00PM - 9:00PM Posted September 14, 2016
  23. In conversation with artist Zoe Crosher, Howard Rodman, and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, Matthew Specktor discusses and signs Eve Babitz’s Slow Days Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A. Posted August 29, 2016
  24. Madames Electric at The Pit for Carla l.a. | Snap Reviews by Aaron Horst, July 16, 2016 Posted July 21, 2016
  25. Invitation for The Very First Paris Fainting Club, Weds 29 June - 8pm ! Posted June 29, 2016
  26. Zoe Crosher "The New LA-LIKE" at Mayeur Projects, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Opening Night June 23rd Posted June  9, 2016
  27. "Madame Electrics," curated by Shana Lutker, at The Pit, Los Angeles, June 12th Posted June  5, 2016
  28. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, by Kate Sutton for Bookforum Posted June  1, 2016
  29. Zoe Crosher reading // The Institute for Art and Olfaction launch scent zine of 'Now Past Later,' May 26th, Los Angeles Posted May 21, 2016
  30. The Fainting Club Summer Supper in London, May 24th, hosted by Lucy Soutter & Susan Hyland Posted May 21, 2016
  31. Hesse Press at Offprint London 2016 at the Tate Modern - Book Signing this Saturday 1-2pm Posted May 16, 2016
  32. Hammer Museum present AIX Scent Fair, May 6-8, Los Angeles, "The Elevator Series Scent - HW 8:13pm" Posted May  2, 2016
  33. Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening at Vox Populi, May 6th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Posted May  2, 2016
  34. Catalogue Launch For Staging Los Angeles: Reality, Fantasy, and the Space Between, USC, Los Angeles, April 26th Posted April 16, 2016
  35. Mae Wested no. 1 to become part of Pérez Art Museum Collection, Miami, Florida Posted April 14, 2016
  36. Memory Theater, Directed by Srijon Chowdhury, Presented by Upfor, opening April 13th, Portland, Oregon Posted April 10, 2016
  37. MTV RE:DEFINE 2016, Presented by The Joule, Dallas, Texas, April 8th with the Michael Goss Foundation Posted April  4, 2016
  38. Shades of Gray by Andrew Berardini, reading at Human Resources, Los Angeles, April 1st Posted March 29, 2016
  39. NeueHouse Presents: The Fainting Club 'The Dust Dinner' with Zoe Crosher, March 23rd, Los Angeles Posted March 20, 2016
  40. LA IN THE AUGHTS: Art Auction and Party to Benefit X-TRA and Project X in Los Angeles, March 13th Posted March 12, 2016
  41. Zoe Crosher Joins the Advisory Council for the Arts at Cedars-Sinai Posted March  1, 2016
  42. Mayeur Projects Inaugural Artist-In-Residency Zoe Crosher, Las Vegas, NM, March 17 - May 14th Posted February 16, 2016
  43. LeSwim announces LeSwim x Zoe Crosher at Rob Pruitt's Flea Market, Presented by LAND Posted February 11, 2016
  44. Book Release for LA-LIKE: Transgressing The Pacific at LA Art Book Fair, MOCA Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, February 12th Posted February  8, 2016
  45. Artist: Zoe Crosher, by Caroline Ryder for Distinct Daily Posted February  3, 2016
  46. LA-LIKE: Transgressing The Pacific, published by Hesse Press, 2016 now available Posted February  1, 2016
  47. Art House at Soho House Hollywood, curated by Sharón Zoldan, February 1st Posted January 28, 2016
  48. photo l.a. panel discussion, January 22nd, 2016 at The REEF/LA Mart, Los Angeles Posted January 18, 2016
  49. Announcing the publication of LA-LIKE: Transgressing The Pacific, published by Hesse Press, 2016 Posted January  8, 2016
  50. Mayeur Projects Announces Inaugural Artist in Residence - Zoe Crosher, March 2016, Las Vegas, New Mexico Posted December 14, 2015
  51. The Fainting Club Holiday Party in Los Angeles, December 11th Posted December 11, 2015
  52. Los Angeles County Museum Of Art to acquire work from Out The Window (LAX) Series Posted November 29, 2015
  53. LAXART's 10th Anniversary Benefit, November 15th, Los Angeles Posted November 13, 2015
  54. The Fainting Club Dinner in Syracuse, New York, November 15th Posted November 12, 2015
  55. What it Means to be American: What Does American Ingenuity Look Like?, 2015 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award Winners discussion, National Museum of American History, November 13th, Washington DC Posted November 12, 2015
  56. The 2015 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award: Zoe Crosher for Visual Arts (shared with Shamim M. Momim) Posted November  8, 2015
  57. Staging Los Angeles: Reality, Fantasy, and the Space Between at USC Roski School of Art and Design, opening November 6th, Los Angeles Posted November  2, 2015
  58. Exhibit | Zoe Crosher: Prospecting Palm Fronds, by Alicia Eler for Crave Posted October 26, 2015
  59. 9800 presented by 501(c)(3) Foundation, opening October 29th, Los Angeles Posted October 26, 2015
  60. The Ballad Live, Aperture Benefit Auction, October 26th, New York, NY Posted October 24, 2015
  61. Both Sides of Sunset at Kopeikin Gallery, opening October 24th Posted October 15, 2015
  62. Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening at Sector 2337, October 9th in Chicago Posted October  5, 2015
  63. Zoe Crosher: Head Out on the Highway, Forget the Adventure, by Jordan Auckland for Flaunt Magazine Posted September 30, 2015
  64. Marine Projects presents Salon No.13, opening September 28th Posted September 23, 2015
  65. The lowly palm frond, all dressed up in Zoe Crosher's show at LAXART, by Sharon Mizota for the LA Times Posted September 16, 2015
  66. LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds at LAXART, opening September 11th Posted September 11, 2015
  67. Austere, curated by Shyan Rahimi and Cedric Aurelle, July 30th, one night only Posted July 29, 2015
  68. Lotusland Celebrates 2015: Passage to India Gala, Montecito, CA, July 26th Posted July 26, 2015
  69. Palm Beach Summer Show at Gavlak Gallery, opening July 10th, Palm Beach Posted July 19, 2015
  70. A Two-Year, 100-Billboard Celebration of Going West, by Su Wu for the New York Times T Magazine Posted June 23, 2015
  71. The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles, on Art in America Posted June 17, 2015
  72. Five Artists in Search of a City at MOCA, June 27th, Los Angeles Posted June 17, 2015
  73. Place, by Kristy Mucci for Brutal Magazine Posted June 17, 2015
  74. In celebration of the Culminating Weekend of The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, the 5th Los Angeles Fainting Club Dinner, June 23th Posted June 16, 2015
  75. A Campaign to Dot the American South With Artist-Designed Billboards Wraps in LA, by Casey Quackenbush for the Observer Posted June 15, 2015
  76. Christian Mayer's Palm Capsule, MAK Center, June 24th and 25th, Los Angeles Posted June 13, 2015
  77. Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles at HK Photographs, opening June 18th Posted June 12, 2015
  78. "To Hide To Show" A Group Exhibition that Explores that Nature of Hiding and Revealing: An Interview with the Artists, in Autre Magazine Posted June 12, 2015
  79. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, Culminating Weekend Posted June 10, 2015
  80. Must-See Public Artworks of Summer 2015, on Artspace Posted June 10, 2015
  81. To Hide To Show at MAMA Gallery, opening June 13th, Los Angeles Posted June  3, 2015
  82. Up to & Including the Horizon at Ochi Projects, opening June 11th, Los Angeles Posted June  3, 2015
  83. On a Dark Desert Highway: The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, by Steffie Nelson for East of Borneo Posted May 27, 2015
  84. The Very First Fainting Club Dinner in Berlin, honoring the scandalous debut of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring 102 years ago, Hosted by Lesley Moon, May 24th Posted May 20, 2015
  85. Artist Residency at Lotusland Gardens, Montecito, CA Posted May 13, 2015
  86. Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles, Book Signing at Paris Photo, May 2nd Posted May  1, 2015
  87. Zoe Crosher, Out The Window (LAX) solo booth, at Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 1st - 3rd, 2015 Posted April 23, 2015
  88. Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles (May 2015) Published by Metropolis Books Posted April 21, 2015
  89. The Fainting Club, Los Angeles, April 15th & The Fainting Club, Palm Desert, April 17th Posted April 15, 2015
  90. MTV RE:DEFINE Auction in Dallas, Texas, April 10th, Presented by the Goss-Michael Foundation Posted April 10, 2015
  91. America's Best Public Art for Summer 2015, by Mark Ellwood for Bloomberg Business Posted April  6, 2015
  92. Zoe Crosher, The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project & Expanded Shangri-LA'd - Palm Springs, The Palm Springs Museum at Palm Desert & Desert Center, April 3rd-5th Posted March 28, 2015
  93. Remembering Forward, Conversations on Photography at LAXART (in conversation with Jibade-Khalil Huffman & Matthew Poole) Posted March  8, 2015
  94. Zoe Crosher's Fantasy Manifests Destiny, by Alicia Eler for KCET Posted February 26, 2015
  95. Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative for The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project Kickstarter Campaign! Posted January 20, 2015
  96. Personalities: Fantasy and Identity in Photography and New Media at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, opening January 17th Posted January 12, 2015
  97. The L.A. Art We Want to See in 2015, by Catherine Wagley for LA Weekly Posted December 31, 2014
  98. Artists’ Choice: The Best Shows of 2014 for BLOUIN ARTINFO Posted December 30, 2014
  99. After Living in the Room of Réalités Nouvelles at Sonce Alexander Gallery, opening January 10th Posted December 29, 2014
  100. Blessed Oblivion at GAVLAK Palm Beach, opening November 28th Posted November 19, 2014
Projects
  • The New LA-LIKE
    1. LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds
    2. LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics
    3. LA-LIKE: Unlit Lightboxes
    4. LA-LIKE: Fools Gold Dust (Mimic) Paintings
    5. LA-LIKE: Day For Night (or Sunlight As Spotlight)
    6. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, in conjunction with LAND
    7. Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd
    8. LA-LIKE: Mirage
    9. LA-LIKE: Composition I-10, Desert Center
    10. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Perfume
    11. LA Disappearing Frond-Like
    12. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific
    13. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Dessert Concepts & Recipes
    14. For An Evening with Eve Babitz, at the Chateau Marmont
    15. LA-LIKE: LAXART Billboard
    16. The Pools I Shot
    17. LA-LIKE
    18. LA-LIKE (LOST)
    19. Tear Sheet Posters
  • The Michelle duBois Project
    1. The Uniqued Series
    2. The Additive Dust Series
    3. Mae Wested
    4. The Disbanding of Michelle duBois
    5. The Vanishing of Michelle duBois
    6. The Disappearing of Michelle duBois
    7. The Other Disappeared Nurse
    8. Silhouetted
    9. All Her Shadows
    10. Blackened Last Four Days & Nights in Tokyo
    11. Almost the Same
    12. The Unveiling of Michelle duBois
    13. The Unraveling of Michelle duBois
    14. Obfuscated
    15. The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois
    16. Polaroided
    17. Posed Postcards
  • Out The Window (LAX)
  • The Santa Cruz Kids
  • The Fainting Club
    1. The Fainting Club (London)
    2. The Fainting Club (New York)
    3. The Fainting Club (Los Angeles)
    4. The Fainting Club (More Cities)
    5. The Fainting Club (About)
  • Publications
    1. LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics / The Bronzed Blossoms of Lotusland, published by X Artists' Books, Forthcoming Fall 2019
    2. The Good & The Glamorous, A Memoir of Misremembering & The Cold War, Forthcoming Summer 2018
    3. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Published by Hesse Presse, Los Angeles, CA - Spring 2016 (Sold Out)
    4. Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles (May 2015) Published by Metropolis Books
    5. Forthcoming: The Re-duBois Book
    6. Returning to Berlin / Publication curated by Kim Schoen - Motto, Berlin (August 2013)
    7. Why Art Photography? by Lucy Soutter (2013) Published by Routelage
    8. Volume 4: The Disappearance of Michelle duBois, aka *Mitchi* (Fall 2012) Published by Aperture Ideas
    9. Volume 3: The Unveiling of Michelle duBois, aka *Cricket* (Spring 2012) Published by Aperture Ideas
    10. Volume 2: The Unraveling of Michelle duBois, aka *Alice Johnson* (Fall 2011) Published by Aperture Ideas
    11. Volume 1: The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois, aka *Kathy* (Spring 2011) Published by Aperture Ideas
    12. Out the Window (LAX) with essays by Norman Klein, Pico Iyer, & Julian Meyers (2007)
    13. NTNTNT (2004)
    14. L.A. Now: Volume One, Published by Art Center College of Design, August 2002