Zoe Strauss

We Love Having You Here
November 18, 2008 - January 10, 2009
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Half House Pink, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesHalf House Pink, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Half House Pink, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Father and Son in Front of Greyhound Station, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesFather and Son in Front of Greyhound Station, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Father and Son in Front of Greyhound Station, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Adam and Eve Room, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesAdam and Eve Room, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Adam and Eve Room, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

J. Moses, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesJ. Moses, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

J. Moses, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Keep the Fuck Out, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesKeep the Fuck Out, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Keep the Fuck Out, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Door in Open Structure, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 30 x 20 inchesDoor in Open Structure, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 30 x 20 inches

Door in Open Structure, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
30 x 20 inches

Red, White, and Blue Gas Station, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 30 x 20 inchesRed, White, and Blue Gas Station, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 30 x 20 inches

Red, White, and Blue Gas Station, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
30 x 20 inches

Woman at US/Mexico Border, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 30 x 20 inchesWoman at US/Mexico Border, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 30 x 20 inches

Woman at US/Mexico Border, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
30 x 20 inches

Kaia, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesKaia, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Kaia, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Taken Down Posters, Cantrell Street, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesTaken Down Posters, Cantrell Street, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Taken Down Posters, Cantrell Street, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

We Love Having You Here, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesWe Love Having You Here, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

We Love Having You Here, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Together We Make Dreams Come True, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesTogether We Make Dreams Come True, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Together We Make Dreams Come True, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Eileen Showing Sternum Scar, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesEileen Showing Sternum Scar, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Eileen Showing Sternum Scar, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Clothes in Lot, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesClothes in Lot, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Clothes in Lot, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Kelley, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesKelley, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Kelley, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Scratches, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesScratches, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Scratches, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Showing Tattooed Penises, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesShowing Tattooed Penises, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Showing Tattooed Penises, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Escalades, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesEscalades, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Escalades, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Melissa's Handstand, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesMelissa's Handstand, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Melissa's Handstand, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Tonya, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesTonya, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Tonya, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Ken and Don, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesKen and Don, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Ken and Don, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Stay Alive, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesStay Alive, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Stay Alive, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

MLK Parade, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesMLK Parade, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

MLK Parade, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Terre Haute United States Penitentiary, Timothy McVeigh Execution Site, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesTerre Haute United States Penitentiary, Timothy McVeigh Execution Site, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Terre Haute United States Penitentiary, Timothy McVeigh Execution Site, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Mask on Back of Head Talking, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesMask on Back of Head Talking, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Mask on Back of Head Talking, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Leo's Mantle, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesLeo's Mantle, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Leo's Mantle, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Blue and Red Motel, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesBlue and Red Motel, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Blue and Red Motel, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Paris in Jail, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesParis in Jail, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Paris in Jail, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Swastika Tattoos, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesSwastika Tattoos, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Swastika Tattoos, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Bunny, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesBunny, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Bunny, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Econolodge, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesEconolodge, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Econolodge, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Circus Circus from Parking Lot View Out, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesCircus Circus from Parking Lot View Out, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Circus Circus from Parking Lot View Out, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Sage Jumping, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesSage Jumping, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Sage Jumping, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Illegal Fireworks Pinwheel, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesIllegal Fireworks Pinwheel, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Illegal Fireworks Pinwheel, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Get Back Up Again, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inchesGet Back Up Again, 2001-2008 Archival inkjet print 20 x 30 inches

Get Back Up Again, 2001-2008
Archival inkjet print
20 x 30 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce the second exhibition of works by installation artist Zoe Strauss.  America: We Love Having You Here features works from the artist's recent travels throughout the United States and is accompanied by her first monograph (AMERICA, AMMO Books, 2008).

 

Strauss' transparency has been an indispensable element of her process since the public installations she built inside her home in 1997. Shortly thereafter, Strauss began a ten-year annual project entitled 'I-95' displaying photographs under a section of the I-95 highway overpass in Philadelphia.  All of Strauss's exhibitions, including 'I-95', involve extensive awareness of and communication with her audience. Over the years, Strauss has maintained a blog, disclosing the subtleties of her art-making practices—airing choices about subject matter, composition, and printing process. More recently, she shared anguish over the sequencing of images in AMERICA, and consequently the censoring of two of those images while on press in China.

 

By making public the details of an otherwise private practice of producing art, Strauss asserts her working method for public consideration, allowing the audience to see the way the work is made as a fundamental component to its understanding. By maintaining total transparency in her process, her work, and even the production of her exhibitions, Zoe Strauss not only reveals her every musing and tendency, she offers the viewer a deeply personal understanding of her process as an artist - integral to the comprehension of her work.

 

 

In America: We Love Having You Here, Strauss continues to work in multi-layered installations. Framed photographs are placed intimately on the walls and wallpaper size murals anchor the main gallery. Conjuring the intimacy of her blog, Strauss has set up the front gallery as a living room—works are arranged salon style like family photos. A ‘Works in Progress’ slideshow is presented in the third gallery.

 

Strauss’ choice in subject matter reveals much about her life and work as an artist as well. Having gotten her start photographing the same neighborhood in which she lives, Strauss has consistently “shot what she knows” and has maintained an extremely personable approach to her subjects. From her earliest works on, Strauss has concentrated on the overlooked in America. Whether its overlooked citizens, environments, or the objects therein, Strauss has aimed her lens at those things we cannot or choose not to see. In her latest project, Strauss has taken her camera on the road in an attempt to create an apt portrait of the United States.

 

Zoe Strauss was featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. She received the 2007 USA Gund Fellow for Visual Arts, and her work was included in this year's Women to Watch exhibition at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.