The Disappearing of Michelle duBois, the inaugural fall exhibition in their new Los Angeles gallery.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA
Zoe Crosher: The Disappearing of Michelle duBois, the inaugural fall exhibition in our new Los Angeles gallery. For her first solo exhibition with the gallery, Zoe will present final works from the Michelle duBois project, a series of photographic investigations that reimagines and intervenes in the extensive amateur archive of relentless traveler and self-documentationarian, Michelle duBois. Through this multi-year project, Crosher calls into question our sense of photographic narrative at the end of the analog. By re-photographing, scanning and re-ordering duBois’ “autoportraits” into a careful amalgam of documentary and the imagined, Crosher blurs the line between fantasy and reality.
Since acquiring the archive of Michelle duBois, Crosher has moved through evolving iterations of exploration, highlighting the strategies and structures of fantasy as much as they expose anything concrete about Ms. duBois herself. Crosher has created new works that emphasize the impossibility of knowing oneself, even after an endless accumulation of images. Early approaches often involved the simple act of selecting and grouping images to focus attention on recurring patterns and references. Later works expansively highlight the archive’s physicality as a relic from the pre-digital era by incorporating images of handwritten notes, photo paper boxes, and film. The most recent works have featured highly manipulated versions of the original images, re-photographed and re-assembled into large series. As Crosher has moved through the project, her investigations have resulted in increasingly pronounced interventions leading to the near-disappearance or even total obfuscation of the original source material. The result is a body of work aiming for complete liberation — from photographic, literary, identity and historic constraint.
Zoe Crosher: The Disappearing of Michelle duBois represents the culmination of the Michelle duBois project and effective dissolution of the archive. In the Additive Dust series, the artist has reversed a typical “cleaning up” of photographs by instead accumulating dust from one photograph to the next in 46 steps, completely disappearing the final image. In The Last Four Days and Nights in Tokyo, prints made from badly damaged negatives depicting duBois posing in an anonymous Japanese love hotel room draw the viewer unusually close before revealing their subject matter. duBois’ Triple Vision Fantasy Landscapes (Sunset) is evidence of how she merged fantasy and reality during her many travels throughout exotic locales such as Guam. And, in keeping with Zoe’s interest in creating multiple iterations of the same subject, a new series of crumpled, disappearing nurses perfectly marries two important styles of intervention that have become inconic of the duBois project.
“This, in the end, is the artist’s fantasy: that over-exposing, fading, blurring or breaking up an image can be a liberated and liberating act. In Crosher’s presentation, it’s as if duBois’ image has consumed itself and left her, not captive to what the world projects on her or to a fixed self she must uphold, but freely undefined.” –Catherine Wagley
About Zoe Crosher
Zoe Crosher is an American artist and enthusiast. She is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts and the recipient of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art AHAN Award (Art Here and Now). She served as Associate Editor of Afterall Magazine.
Perry Rubenstein Gallery
1215 N. Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038