1. The LAX Adventurer Inn Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Adventurer Inn (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  2. airporthotel-27x27.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Airport Hotel (2005), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  3. The LAX Best Western Suites Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Best Western Suites (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  4. The LAX Caesar's Motel Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Caesar's Motel (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  5. comfortinn27x27.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Comfort Inn (2002), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  6. The LAX Courtyard By Marriott Out The Window (LAX)

    LAX Courtyard By Marriott (2005), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  7. Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015 Out The Window (LAX)

    Out The Window (LAX), Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015

  8. Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015 Out The Window (LAX)

    Out The Window (LAX), Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015

  9. Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015 Out The Window (LAX)

    Out The Window (LAX), Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015

  10. Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015 Out The Window (LAX)

    Out The Window (LAX), Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015

  11. Installation view, 9800, 9800 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, October 2015 Out The Window (LAX)

    Installation view, 9800, 9800 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, October 2015

  12. Installation view, 9800, 9800 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, October 2015 Out The Window (LAX)

    Installation view, 9800, 9800 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, October 2015

  13. FYA_1_IMG_8920.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    Installation View for Ma Prochaine Vie @ Here Is Elsewhere Curated by Isabelle Le Normand, ForYourArt, Los Angeles, CA January 2013 (Part of Ceci n'est Pas...Art Between France & Los Angeles)
  14. FYA_2_IMG_8925.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The Lax Microtel (2005), 27x27 Digital C-Print
  15. FYA_3_IMG_8929.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Caesar's Motel (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print
  16. FYA_4_IMG_8930.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Ramada (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print
  17. FYA_5_IMG_8933.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Marietta's Inn (2004), 27x27" Digital C-Print
  18. FYA_6_IMG_8934.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Renaissance (2004), 27x27" Digital C-Print
  19. FYA_7_IMG_8936.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Sea Breeze Inn (2002), 27x27" Digital C-Print
  20. 2011_AIG_Install_01_photoStevenProbert.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    Walking Forward-Running Past, curated by Courtenay Finn, Art In General, NY, NY, 2011
  21. WFRP_LobbyView_WEB_0044.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    Walking Forward - Running Past, Art in General, NY NY 2011
  22. 2011_AIG_Install_09_photoStevenProbert.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    LAX Courtyard By Marriott (2005) & The LAX Best Western Inn (2003), both 27x27" Digital C-Prints
  23. 2011_AIG_Install_07_photoStevenProbert.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    LAX Courtyard By Marriott (2005), 27x27" Digital C-Print
  24. 2011_AIG_Install_10_photoStevenProbert.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Best Western Inn (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print
  25. 2011_AIG_Install_03_photoStevenProbert.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Dai Ichi (2002) & The LAX Hampton Inn (2002), both 27x27" Digital C-Print
  26. ZC_AIG_Install5.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Dai Ichi (2002) & The LAX Hampton Inn (2002), both 27x27" Digital C-Print
  27. 2011_AIG_Install_08_photoStevenProbert.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Dai Ichi (2002), 27x27" Digital C-Print
  28. 2011_AIG_Install_06_photoStevenProbert.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Hampton Inn (2002), 27x27" Digital C-Print
  29. ZC_LAX_crowneplaza_2.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Crowne Plaza (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  30. The LAX Dai Ichi Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Dai Ichi (2002), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  31. The LAX Econolodge Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Econolodge (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  32. The LAX Embassy Suites Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Embassy Suites (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  33. 4points 30x30v2 copy.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The Four Points (2002), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  34. The LAX Hampton Inn Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Hampton Inn (2002), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  35. The LAX Hilton Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Hilton (2001), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  36. The LAX Holiday Inn Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Holiday Inn (2002), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  37. The LAX Hollycrest Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Hollycrest (2005), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  38. The LAX Hotel Tivoli Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Hotel Tivoli (2004), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  39. The LAX Marietta's Inn Out The Window (LAX)

    LAX Marietta's Inn (2004), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  40. The LAX Microtel Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Microtel (2005), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  41. The LAX Marriott Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Marriott (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  42. Mot 6-plane_2_FNL3 27x27.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Motel 6 (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  43. The LAX Quality Hotel Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Quality Hotel (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  44. The LAX Radisson Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Radisson (2001), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  45. The LAX Ramada Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Ramada (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  46. The LAX Renaissance Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Renaissance (2004), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  47. 'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA Out The Window (LAX)

    'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA, Out The Window (LAX), with John Divola, Summer/ Fall 2018
  48. 'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA Out The Window (LAX)

    'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA, Out The Window (LAX), with John Divola, Summer/ Fall 2018
  49. 'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA Out The Window (LAX)

    'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA, with John Divola, Summer/ Fall 2018
  50. 'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA Out The Window (LAX)

    'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA, Out The Window (LAX), with John Divola, Summer/ Fall 2018
  51. 'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA Out The Window (LAX)

    'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA, Out The Window (LAX), with John Divola, Summer/ Fall 2018
  52. royalcomfortB-27x27.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Royal Comfort (2005), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  53. The LAX Sea Breeze Inn Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Sea Breeze Inn (2002), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  54. The LAX Sheraton Gateway Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Sheraton Gateway (2001), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  55. The LAX Super 8 Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Super 8 (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  56. airplane_chair_FNL2-27x27.jpg Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Topper Motel (2004), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  57. The LAX Travelodge Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Travelodge (2004), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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  58. The LAX Westin Out The Window (LAX)

    The LAX Westin (2003), 27x27" Digital C-Print

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Out The Window (LAX)

“In her photographs, Crosher flash-blasts the interiors of hotel rooms around LAX, making garish drapes and generic furnishings as bright as the Los Angeles sky beyond the windows, each of which frames a landing or ascending plane. The compositions include out-of-focus air conditioner grills, water bottles, and takeout cups, their blurriness emphasizing the jet-lagged ennui of the transient.” – The Village Voice

“Often, documentary photography looks at something from the outside, with a kind of fictional neutrality. But in reality, documentary photography is very much about the position of person photographing it and not any sort of ultimate “truth.” My intention is to conceptually map what I call the “imaginary” of Los Angeles, a place that primarily exists in people’s imaginations, inspired from what they see in movies, read in books, hear from other people – it’s the false promise that L.A. is founded on. By photographing and documenting these arrivals from the inside looking out, from within these transient and intimate spaces from each and every hotel along Century Blvd (at that time, some have already disappeared since I shot this project), I hope to activate the narrative both within the rooms and the larger narrative outside of the fantasy of Los Angeles.” – Zoe Crosher

Out The Window (LAX) is a project examining space and transience around the Los Angeles International airport. This project investigates LAX and its surrounding infrastructure as a point of non-center, a metaphor for Los Angeles, captured from surrounding satellite positions. For it, I mapped and photographed planes coming into land, through windows from inside the thirty-one airports running along Century Boulevard. Images are large C-prints and window-sized, 27 × 27”, mounted and laminated.

“Contemporary artist Zoe Crosher takes the viewer on an exploratory journey inside the impersonal and transient travel world surrounding the mega international airport, LAX. She finds a landscape packed with identical hotel chains pushed up against giant billboards, where the words hotel and taxi are understood by nearly everyone. Crosher methodically settled into a different hotel room each day and photographed out the window. The only requirement was that the view from each room must duplicate the one she inhabited before. The pattern of the drapes change, the color of the stucco exterior changes and the airplanes caught in mid flight move through the atmosphere, but the basic view stays the same. There is a haunting familiarity that one has never really left the first room, a feeling of complete déjà-vu. Time and identity almost cease to exist. For Crosher, her very quiet, minimal images create huge questions about place, identity, the homogenization of global cultures.” – Pico Iyer

“Zoe Crosher’s series of LAX prints have a vintage ambiance to them, though they were made between 2001 and 2005. They depict slightly gaudy hotel rooms near the airport, which means seas of cars and the occasional ascending plane can be seen from the windows. The camera always looks out—out the window, or out the sliding door—and the result is a vague feeling of yearning, but since there is no specified subject to attribute the feeling to, it just floats languidly on the image’s surface”

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  1. Project Images (31)
    1. The LAX Adventurer Inn
    2. The LAX Airport Hotel
    3. The LAX Best Western Suites
    4. The LAX Caesar's Motel
    5. The LAX Comfort Inn
    6. The LAX Courtyard By Marriott
    7. The LAX Crowne Plaza
    8. The LAX Dai Ichi
    9. The LAX Econolodge
    10. The LAX Embassy Suites
    11. The LAX Four Points
    12. The LAX Hampton Inn
    13. The LAX Hilton
    14. The LAX Holiday Inn
    15. The LAX Hollycrest
    16. The LAX Hotel Tivoli
    17. The LAX Marietta's Inn
    18. The LAX Microtel
    19. The LAX Marriott
    20. The LAX Motel 6
    21. The LAX Quality Hotel
    22. The LAX Radisson
    23. The LAX Ramada
    24. The LAX Renaissance
    25. The LAX Royal Comfort
    26. The LAX Sea Breeze Inn
    27. The LAX Sheraton Gateway
    28. The LAX Super 8
    29. The LAX Topper Motel
    30. The LAX Travelodge
    31. The LAX Westin
  2. Installation Views (27)
    1. Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015
    2. Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015
    3. Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015
    4. Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 2015
    5. Installation view, 9800, 9800 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, October 2015
    6. Installation view, 9800, 9800 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, October 2015
    7. Ma Prochaine Vie, ForYourArt, January 2013, Installation View
    8. Ma Prochaine Vie, ForYourArt, January 2013, Installation View
    9. Ma Prochaine Vie, ForYourArt, January 2013, Installation View
    10. Ma Prochaine Vie, ForYourArt, January 2013, Installation View
    11. Ma Prochaine Vie, ForYourArt, January 2013, Installation View
    12. Ma Prochaine Vie, ForYourArt, January 2013, Installation View
    13. ForYourArt, January 2013, Installation View
    14. WALKING FORWARD, RUNNING PAST, Art In General, NY, NY 2011
    15. Install, Lobby View
    16. Install, Art In General
    17. Install Detail, The LAX Courtyard by Marriott
    18. Install Detail, The LAX Best Western Inn
    19. Install, Art In General
    20. Install Detail, Diptych
    21. Install Detail, The LAX Dai Ichi
    22. Install Detail, The LAX Hampton Inn
    23. 'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA
    24. 'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA
    25. 'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA
    26. 'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA
    27. 'Grounded' Installation, ESMoA
  3. Related Press Updating Soon
    1. Rooms With a View | L.A.Weekly | Steffie Nelson (2018) “Hopefully I’ll never go back to LAX,” says Crosher happily as we head home in the diamond lane. Fleetwood Mac is on the radio, and the San Gabriel mountains rise clearly in the distance. “This day has the same feel as when I first moved to L.A., the same kind of promise,” Crosher enthuses. “Oh, look at that!” She points to the blue sky. “I think my next project’s gonna be helicopters.”
    2. As planes take flight at LAX, two photographers find a darker reality below in 'Grounded' | Review by Christopher Knight for the L.A. Times (2018) Nearly 30 years later, in the early 2000s, Zoe Crosher began to photograph the interiors of motels and hotels along West Century Boulevard, the wide street that leads into LAX. Not abandoned, these are sites of intentionally temporary occupancy.
    3. “Grounded” – Divola, Crosher at ESMoA (2018) The two bodies of work, Divola’s and Crosher’s, while starkly different, do orbit the same sun, which in this instance is the incidental but sociological history and legacy of LAX, and as Colin Westerbeck aptly noted, ESMoA is the perfect venue for this exhibition.
    4. For Your Art (2016) Artist Zoe Crosher interviews artist and exhibition curator James C. WellingThe City Proper, ForYourArt, Nov 30, 2010
    5. New York Times Style Magazine Remix: Window Display by Steffie Nelson (2016)
    6. Can you capture L.A.'s complexity in a photo book? 'Both Sides of Sunset' tries, by Carolina Miranda - Los Angeles Times  (2015) This makes "Both Sides" all about the images — which makes it a wonderful book with which to revel in the wild architecture, the burned-out rocker types, the overpowering roadways, the singular street life, the sublime ridiculosity.
Projects
  • The New LA-LIKE
    1. LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds
    2. LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics
    3. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific
    4. LA-LIKE: LA Imaginary As Unlit Lightboxes
    5. LA-LIKE: Fools Gold Dust (Mimic) Paintings
    6. LA-LIKE: Day For Night (or Sunlight As Spotlight)
    7. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, in conjunction with LAND
    8. Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd
    9. LA-LIKE: Mirage
    10. LA-LIKE: Composition I-10, Desert Center
    11. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Perfume
    12. LA Disappearing Frond-Like
    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
    2. The Good & The Glamorous, A Memoir of Misremembering & The Cold War, Forthcoming
    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