1. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  2. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  3. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  4. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  5. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  6. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  7. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  8. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  9. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  10. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  11. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  12. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  13. Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Installation View, Sunlight As Spotlight at Patrick Painter Inc, Fall 2018
  14. Untitled L.A. River no.1, Instagram Detail (The Los Angeles Sign), 2018 LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Zoe Crosher Untitled L.A. River no.1, Instagram Detail (The Los Angeles Sign), 2018 Digital C-Print 35 x 35 inches 1 of 4

    ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ZOE CROSHER 2020

  15. Untitled L.A. River no.1 from LA-LIKED: Day For Night (Sunlight as Spotlight), 2018 LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Zoe Crosher Untitled L.A. River no.1 from LA-LIKED: Day For Night (Sunlight as Spotlight), 2018 LED Lightbox 48 x 72 inches 1 of 4

    ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ZOE CROSHER 2020

  16. fragment_bottom.jpg LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

    Zoe Crosher LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics (Lotusland) Archontophoenix cunninghamiana crownshaft no.2, 2018 Unique bronze cast 34 x 18 x 8 inches

    ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ZOE CROSHER 2020

  17. LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight


    ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ZOE CROSHER 2020

LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight

“Ever since the Garden of Allah was torn down and supplanted by a respectable savings and loan institution, the furies and ghosts have made their way across Sunset to the Chateau Marmont. The Garden of Allah was originally the villa of Alla Nazimova, a great silent star, until one night when a fire swept down Laurel Canyon, and she was forced to decide what she wanted to save from her grand house – what, in fact, she wanted at all. And she suddenly knew that the flames would consume all she owned, she would leave for New York at once; there was no point in owning anything in Hollywood, and in this she had a curious premonition or grasp of “place.” It’s a morality tale of the unimportance of material things, though there are those who will say it’s about how awful L.A. is.”
– Eve Babitz, Slow Days, Fast Company

Crosher, enamored by Los Angeles, has an obsession that began during her time receiving her MFA from CalArts. Here, she has reimagined her “Day for Night” photographic works. In “Day for Night”,Crosher uses a photography technique used during the Film Noir days of Hollywood, by shooting images in such a way that they look like they were taken at night. She documents the disappearance of the Los Angeles River, using the sunlight to spotlight the image in frame. For this show, she has taken that process a step further and made light boxes out of the photographs, further emulating the film-like aspect by placing lightbehind the image, creating, in essence, a single-shot movie.

In her more recent works – the Prospecting Palm Fronds series – Crosher takes the discarded fronds found on freeways and streets across Los Angeles, and casts them in bronze using a lost- wax casting process. This results in a gilded look that memorializes an item generally overlooked. In this series, Crosher hopes to call attention to the death of an iconic symbol of L.A.: the palm tree. She discovered that the palms are nearing the end of their life-cycle, and are too expensive for the county to replant and maintain their upkeep. “This work is the next iteration in my conceptually mapping 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, with the disappearing palm tree front and center of that myth.”

“Since the California Water Wars, hidden in the sunlight over Los Angeles, there’s been a shootout over this Desert Queen with amnesia. This particular monarch, let’s call her Los Angeles, will never know who she was because she is always destroyed and rebuilt before her truth ever sees the light of day. The crosshairs of cultural obsessions and illusory lies miss each other like bullets in Chinatown, with tragedy singing to us like a bird in Gilda. Even her palm trees, in all her glory, are falling down, frond by frond. It’s a film noir and the synopsis reads like this: Zoe Crosher, an investigator and artist who specializes in lost histories, meets a glitzy city pretending to be anything but a desert. Claiming that people are watching the city disappear their very eyes, she rushes to collect evidence and objects in time to tell us the truth, before yet another version of LA’s history is forgotten.”
- Hilde Lynn Helphenstein

Projects
  • The New LA-LIKE
    1. LA-LIKE: Sunlight As Spotlight
    2. LA-LIKE: Prospecting Palm Fronds
    3. LA-LIKE: Escaped Exotics
    4. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific
    5. LA-LIKE: LA Imaginary As Unlit Lightboxes
    6. LA-LIKE: Fools Gold Dust (Mimic) Paintings
    7. LA-LIKE: Day For Night (or Sunlight As Spotlight)
    8. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, in conjunction with LAND
    9. Shangri-LA'd & Expanded Shangri-LA'd
    10. LA-LIKE: Mirage
    11. LA-LIKE: Composition I-10, Desert Center
    12. The Manifest Destiny Billboard Perfume
    13. LA Disappearing Frond-Like
    14. LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Dessert Concepts & Recipes
    15. For An Evening with Eve Babitz, at the Chateau Marmont
    16. LA-LIKE: LAXART Billboard
    17. The Pools I Shot
    18. LA-LIKE
    19. LA-LIKE (LOST)
    20. 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
    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