Zoe Strauss

If You Reading This
May 19 - June 23, 2007
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Bullet Holes, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 24 1/2 x 34 inchesBullet Holes, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 24 1/2 x 34 inches

Bullet Holes, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
24 1/2 x 34 inches

American Face Paint, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesAmerican Face Paint, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

American Face Paint, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
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Collapsed Building, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesCollapsed Building, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Collapsed Building, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
22 1/2 x 34 inches

Camden Crack, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 27 1/2 x 43 inchesCamden Crack, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 27 1/2 x 43 inches

Camden Crack, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
27 1/2 x 43 inches

Blue Building with Grass, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesBlue Building with Grass, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Blue Building with Grass, 2001-2006
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22 1/2 x 34 inches

Alzheimers, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 23 1/2 inchesAlzheimers, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 23 1/2 inches

Alzheimers, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
34 x 23 1/2 inches

Victory Annex, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 24 1/2 inchesVictory Annex, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 24 1/2 inches

Victory Annex, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
34 x 24 1/2 inches

Shot Appliances, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 27 1/2 inchesShot Appliances, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 27 1/2 inches

Shot Appliances, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
42 x 27 1/2 inches

Mattress Flip, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesMattress Flip, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Mattress Flip, 2001-2006
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22 1/2 x 34 inches

Equitable, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 28 x 42 inchesEquitable, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 28 x 42 inches

Equitable, 2001-2006
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28 x 42 inches

Vanessa, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 27 1/2 x 42 inchesVanessa, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 27 1/2 x 42 inches

Vanessa, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
27 1/2 x 42 inches

Metropolitan Hospital, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 31 1/2 inchesMetropolitan Hospital, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 31 1/2 inches

Metropolitan Hospital, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
42 x 31 1/2 inches

Daddy Tattoo, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 31 1/2 inchesDaddy Tattoo, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 31 1/2 inches

Daddy Tattoo, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
42 x 31 1/2 inches

Gunshot, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesGunshot, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Gunshot, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
22 1/2 x 34 inches

Giant Mouth Pleasures, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesGiant Mouth Pleasures, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Giant Mouth Pleasures, 2001-2006
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22 1/2 x 34 inches

Woman at Cabrini Green, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesWoman at Cabrini Green, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Woman at Cabrini Green, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
22 1/2 x 34 inches

South Philly High Wall, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 22 1/2 inchesSouth Philly High Wall, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 22 1/2 inches

South Philly High Wall, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
34 x 22 1/2 inches

Photo Mural Elevator, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 28 inchesPhoto Mural Elevator, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 28 inches

Photo Mural Elevator, 2001-2006
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42 x 28 inches

Art Showing Gun, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 27 1/2 inchesArt Showing Gun, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 27 1/2 inches

Art Showing Gun, 2001-2006
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42 x 27 1/2 inches

We Will Win, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 27 1/2 inchesWe Will Win, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 27 1/2 inches

We Will Win, 2001-2006
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42 x 27 1/2 inches

Lights in Chinatown, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 40 x 27 1/2 inchesLights in Chinatown, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 40 x 27 1/2 inches

Lights in Chinatown, 2001-2006
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40 x 27 1/2 inches

Monique Showing Black Eye, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 22 1/2 inchesMonique Showing Black Eye, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 22 1/2 inches

Monique Showing Black Eye, 2001-2006
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34 x 22 1/2 inches

Camden Mattresses, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesCamden Mattresses, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Camden Mattresses, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
22 1/2 x 34 inches

Visitors, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 23 1/2 x 34 inchesVisitors, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 23 1/2 x 34 inches

Visitors, 2001-2006
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Circus Circus Lights, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesCircus Circus Lights, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Circus Circus Lights, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
22 1/2 x 34 inches

Ice on Stairs, Taskar Projects, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 23 1/2 inchesIce on Stairs, Taskar Projects, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 23 1/2 inches

Ice on Stairs, Taskar Projects, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
34 x 23 1/2 inches

Bushes in Front of Tech School, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesBushes in Front of Tech School, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Bushes in Front of Tech School, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
22 1/2 x 34 inches

Man Nude on Bed, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesMan Nude on Bed, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Man Nude on Bed, 2001-2006
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22 1/2 x 34 inches

Star, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 28 inchesStar, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 28 inches

Star, 2001-2006
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42 x 28 inches

Marine's Billboard, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 28 inchesMarine's Billboard, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 42 x 28 inches

Marine's Billboard, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
42 x 28 inches

Doo Rag, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesDoo Rag, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Doo Rag, 2001-2006
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22 1/2 x 34 inches

Blank Billboard at Night, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesBlank Billboard at Night, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Blank Billboard at Night, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
22 1/2 x 34 inches

Man's Back, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 24 1/2 x 34 inchesMan's Back, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 24 1/2 x 34 inches

Man's Back, 2001-2006
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24 1/2 x 34 inches

Phillies Imprint Removed, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inchesPhillies Imprint Removed, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 22 1/2 x 34 inches

Phillies Imprint Removed, 2001-2006
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22 1/2 x 34 inches

Victoria's Hysterectomy, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 22 1/2 inchesVictoria's Hysterectomy, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 34 x 22 1/2 inches

Victoria's Hysterectomy, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
34 x 22 1/2 inches

Everything, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 27 1/2 x 42 inchesEverything, 2001-2006 Archival pigment print mounted to board 27 1/2 x 42 inches

Everything, 2001-2006
Archival pigment print mounted to board
27 1/2 x 42 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce If You Reading This, the first New York solo exhibition of works by the photographer and installation artist Zoe Strauss. This exhibition is a midterm review featuring the artist’s ongoing “I-95” project, which Strauss refers to as her “epic narrative.”

 

Featuring photographs of downtrodden city dwellers, abandoned structures, bemusing signage and remnants of urban decay, “I-95” is an annual installation that began in 2001. Photographs are adhered to support piers under the highway overpass at Front and Mifflin Streets in Philadelphia. The outdoor exhibition is on view from 1-4pm the first weekend of each May. Strauss encourages visitors to remove the laminated photographs, and throughout the year she offers Xerox reproductions for five dollars on her website—an expression of her commitment to community accessible art. Invitations to this exhibition have been signed, annotated, and editioned by the artist, keeping with that tradition.

 

 

Strauss, 37, was the first in her immediate family to graduate from high school. She worked as a nanny and didn’t attend art school. Having previously worked on large-scale installations, including an indoor medical laboratory entitled “Whirlforce Medical Research Laboratory” in 1997, as well as a live work of two motorboats crashing together, Strauss turned to photography after buying a 35mm camera with money received from her 30th birthday. She shoots most frequently in her native South Philadelphia neighborhood. Both her imagery and motivation are likened to Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, and Nan Goldin. “The juxtaposition of the difficulty involved in getting by and the beauty in our everyday lives is what I’m interested in,” says Strauss.

 

Strauss’ ongoing commitment to community activism led to the establishment of the Philadelphia Public Art Project (PAP), an organization she runs on her own that is dedicated to making art accessible. In 2006, she had a solo exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, part of the Museum’s Ramp Project. Strauss’ exhibit was based on the theme of desire. Thirty photographs mounted to wood were displayed for three months in the museum, during which time she removed a few at a time to hang outdoors in the neighborhood.

 

Strauss was selected for the 2006 Whitney Biennial, where she presented a slide show of images made primarily in Philadelphia, but also Biloxi and Gulfport, MS after Hurricane Katrina. She received a 2005 Pew Fellow, a 2004 Arcadia Works on Paper Award, and a 2002 Leeway Grant. Her work is included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art permanent collection.

 

A special edition print will be available with all proceeds going to the Center for Arts Education in New York City and the Philadelphia Public Art Project. Accompanying If You Reading This, Strauss will hold an outdoor slide show presentation in Chelsea at a date to be determined.