My photographic and publishing-based work aims to investigate the schism between the fantasy of image/idea and its place/reality, playing with the fictions of documentary and the archive, especially as they unfold in the cultural imaginary of Los Angeles. Out the Window (LAX) (2001-2006) focuses on mapping the transient areas surrounding LAX, photographing airplanes coming into land, through the windows, from each and every hotel/motel along the forgotten strip of Century Boulevard. More recent L.A.-based work consists of Transgressing the Pacific (2008-2010), concerned with questions of what one does when one cannot go farther west.
Another current undertaking is The Michelle duBois Project (2005-2011), a series of investigations into the extensive personal photographic archive of Michelle duBois, a call girl and aspiring flight attendant who worked the Pacific Rim during the 1970s and ’80s. The range and depth of the archive is tremendous, owing greatly to the fact that the subject was enthralled by her own portraiture. I have approached this archive in ever evolving iterations that highlight the materialist and photographic strategies and feminine structures of fantasy as much as they expose anything concrete about duBois herself. A series of four monographs of this newest project are forthcoming from Aperture Ideas.
Select Solo Exhibitions from 2008-2011
LA-LIKE: Transgressing the Pacific, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles
The Unveiling of Michelle duBois: For Ur Eyes Only, EGHQ, Charlie James Gallery & Dan Grahm, Los Angeles
The Unraveling of Michelle duBois, DCKT Contemporary, New York
Autoportrait: The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois, Claremont Museum of Art, Claremont, Calif.
Select Group Exhibitions from 2008-2011
California Continued: New Approaches in West Coast Photography, Smith-Anderson North, Anselmo, Calif.
2010 California Biennial, curated by Sarah Bancroft, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, Calif.
The City Proper, curated by James Welling, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Suddenly, curated by Stephanie Snyder, Reed College, Portland, Ore.
Select Community-Based Artwork
The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, in curatorial collaboration with LAND unfolding along Route 10, heading west from the Arizona border to the California shore
A Star Was Born (La Cienega), LAXART September Billboard at La Cienega and Venice boulevards, Los Angeles
The Disappearing of Michelle duBois, Limited Edition for Aperture Foundation, New York
Fellowships and Awards
LACMA – Art Here and Now: Studio Forum (AHAN) program to support acquisitions by emerging Los Angeles-area artists
Residency Fellowship, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, N.H.
Durfee ARC Grant, Los Angeles
The Michels Fellowship for the International Curatorial & Studio Program, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Photography and Integrated Media, CalArts, Valencia, Calif.
Art and Politics, Honors, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Spring semester abroad, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea