1. 2013-05-30 00.48.11_sm.jpg Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall (Housed in The Former Communist Chinese Headquarters in Mandarin Plaza, now an architecture firm, Chinatown, Los Angeles), from The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, 2013-2015

    Made in collaboration with Hollyflora Dimensions Variable/generally wall-sized Flora & Fauna inspired by the Fantasy of Going West, props, lights

    ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ZOE CROSHER 2017

  2. The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall (Housed in The Former Communist Chinese Headquarters in Mandarin Plaza, now an architecture firm, Chinatown, Los Angeles), from The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, 2013-2015

    Made in collaboration with Hollyflora
  3. 2013-05-30 10.04.52.jpg Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Imagine Billboard-Sized: The Fake-Out & Teaser Image for Shangri-LA

    ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ZOE CROSHER 2017

  4. 2013-06-01 23.59.22.jpg Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    The Next Disappearing Fantasy Billboard...

    ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ZOE CROSHER 2017

  5. 2013-06-02 23.38.14.jpg Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    and then...the next one

    ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ZOE CROSHER 2017

  6. 2013-06-22 00.56.32.jpg Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd


    ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ZOE CROSHER 2017

  7. 2013-06-25 00.31.36.jpg Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd


    ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ZOE CROSHER 2017

  8. 20140927__MG_9756.jpg Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall for LAXART at Greystone Mansion, 2014

    Made in collaboration with Hollyflora

    Photo: Chris Adler
  9. 20140927_UN5D1138 (1).jpg Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall for LAXART at Greystone Mansion, 2014

    Made in collaboration with Hollyflora

    Photo: Chris Adler
  10. 20140927_AR8D9879 (1).jpg Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall for LAXART at Greystone Mansion, 2014

    Made in collaboration with Hollyflora

    Photo: Chris Adler
  11. The Third Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall, Day #3 Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall (for Greystone Mansion) at LAXART, 2014 - Day #3

    Made in collaboration with Hollyflora

    Photo: Chris Adler
  12. The Third Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall, Day #7 Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall (for Greystone Mansion) at LAXART, 2014 - Day #7

    Made in collaboration with Hollyflora

    Photo: Chris Adler
  13. The Third Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall, Day #10 Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall (for Greystone Mansion) at LAXART, 2014 - Day #10

    Made in collaboration with Hollyflora

    Photo: Chris Adler
  14. The Third Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall, Day #14 Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall (for Greystone Mansion) at LAXART, 2014 - Day #14

    Made in collaboration with Hollyflora

    Photo: Chris Adler
  15. The Third Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall, Day #17 Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall (for Greystone Mansion) at LAXART, 2014 - Day #17

    Made in collaboration with Hollyflora

    Photo: Chris Adler
  16. SLPSAM4_1_15.jpg Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall at Palm Springs Art Museum, 2015

    Made in collaboration with floral artist Briana Burt of Eventscapes

    Photo: Chris Adler
  17. The Fourth Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall at Palm Springs Art Museum, 2015

    Made in collaboration with floral artist Briana Burt of Eventscapes
  18. The Fourth Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall at Palm Springs Art Museum, 2015

    Made in collaboration with floral artist Briana Burt of Eventscapes
  19. The Fourth Iteration, The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

    Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall at Palm Springs Art Museum, 2015

    Made in collaboration with floral artist Briana Burt of Eventscapes

Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd

Zoe Crosher’s chapter of The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, entitled LA-LIKE: Shangri-LA’d, was created by staging a lush landscape in the former Communist Chinese Headquarters in Mandarin Plaza in Chinatown in Los Angeles, CA. Crosher collaborated with florist Hollyflora to create a wall of flora and fauna that embodies Hollyflora’s fantasy of Los Angeles and the promise of the western ideal.

This Expanded Shangri-LA’d project has the potential to be realized anywhere in the world as it is a conceptual assignment, given by the artist to a local florist wherever the wall is commissioned. There is a different and unique result each time, embodying that particular florist’s imaginary of Los Angeles. The entropic installation is documented onsite, tracking the gradually transforming and decaying façade of a landscape, to become both a series of light boxes and, ultimately, a same-sized/life-sized crystalized version of the decayed wall.

The launch of the billboards is presented in conjunction with Crosher’s installation Expanded LA-LIKE: The Actual Shangri-LA’d Disappearing Wall at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert. Various activations and events will take place during the opening weekend celebration, including the unveiling of a version of the flora wall as depicted on Crosher’s billboards made in collaboration with floral artist Briana Burt of Eventscapes along with two performances of Scott Benzel’s Desert Center (Composition I-10, Mvmt IV: Dusk), a sound composition designed to respond to the traffic patterns and harmonics of I-10. More information here

ZOE CROSHER
CHAPTER 9: LA-LIKE: SHANGRI-LA’D
APRIL 2015

Chapter #9: Zoe Crosher
Arizona to San Bernardino, CA

For this iteration, Zoe Crosher will create a series of ten billboards, entitled LA-LIKE: Shangri’LA’d, that depict a gradually transforming and decaying landscape over space and time. As the billboards unfold west from the Arizona-California border through to Palm Springs and Riverside County, the lush green foliage will become more withered and brown, contrasting with the greenery of the suburban landscape and its promise of abundance.

“As the billboards unfold over space and time traveling west along I-10 in the Palm Springs, CA area, the lush green foliage, symbolic of the promise of abundance/fecundity and in stark contrast to the barren desert landscape, becomes increasingly withered and brown. The falsity of the romanticized notion of Manifest Destiny is manifest in her billboards as the promise of riches slowly degrades and fades away, just as the intangible American Dream slips away from those in its pursuit.” – Mara Gladstone, Curator

 
Information
  1. Project Images (6)
    1. The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall
    2. The Fake-Out & Teaser Image from the Manifest Destiny Billboard Project
    3. The Next Disappearing Fantasy Billboard...
    4. and then...
    5. and then then...(process)
    6. and then then then...(process)
  2. Installation Views (13)
    1. The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall
    2. The Second Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall
    3. The Second Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall
    4. The Second Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall
    5. The Third Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall, Day #3
    6. The Third Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall, Day #7
    7. The Third Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall, Day #10
    8. The Third Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall, Day #14
    9. The Third Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall, Day #17
    10. The Fourth Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall
    11. The Fourth Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall
    12. The Fourth Iteration The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall
    13. The Fourth Iteration, The Actual Shangri-LA'd Disappearing Wall
  3. Related Press
    1. FLORAL PATTERNS ~ AN ESSAY ABOUT FLOWERS AND ART (WITH A BLOOMING ADDENDUM.) by Andrew Berardini, Mousse Magazine (2016) “Without flowers, the reptiles, which had gotten along fine in a leafy, fruitless world, would probably still rule. Without flowers, we would not be.” — Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire (2001)
    2. On a Dark Desert Highway: The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, by Steffie Nelson - East of Borneo (2015) The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project is a coast-to-coast migration along the I-10 that kicked off in Jacksonville, Florida, in October 2013 and will culminate in Santa Monica, California, in late June.
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 Madame, 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