Arts Zoe Strauss
posted by November 15 at 12:05 PMon
This morning, United Artists Artists announced its picks for 2007—artists who’ll receive $50,000 each—and Philadelphian Zoe Strauss is on the list.
By coincidence I was glued to Strauss’s web site yesterday, looking through dozens of her photographs, which form a portrait of her neighborhood in Philly. The influence of Robert Frank is unmistakable, especially this side of Frank (SAM recently had this up but the museum changed photography exhibitions two days ago):
Here are a few of Strauss’s images:
Strauss will be the next artist-in-residence at Open Satellite, the new contemporary art space in Bellevue fascinatingly funded by a developer. The space is designed to bring artists from around the country to the Seattle area to work—and to work on the Seattle area.
LA-based Olga Koumoundouros inaugurated the program in September, with an installation inspired by a couple of little brown abandoned houses nestled, still strewn with household goods, in the middle of downtown, beneath the construction cranes and rising skyscrapers of developing Bellevue.
Strauss will focus not on downtown Bellevue, but on Factoria:
In the Seattle metropolitan area, Strauss continues her visual study of broken promises engendered by failed social and economic programs. Specifically, she looks to the Factoria neighborhood of Bellevue, citing the district’s ambitious intentions–suggested by its name–to become an industrial manufacturing hub. These plans never materialized, and the area’s name endures as a reminder of unfulfilled aspirations. Open Satellite presents Strauss’s new Seattle-area photographs, as projections and large-format prints, alongside a selection of her earlier work.
The exhibition opens December 1, with a party and a slide show from 6 to 9 pm.
Also on the list of USA visual arts winners are Uta Barth, Allan Sekula, Ann Hamilton, Edgar Arcenaux, Charles Gaines, and Paul Chan.
The only Seattleite to win a grant is Maggie Orth, in the craft and traditional arts category. Her electronic textiles have been on display at McLeod Residence.