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.