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Zoe Crosher

For Ur Eyes Only: The Unveiling of Michelle duBois

Los Angeles | October 21, 2010
Press:     LA Times     Artforum

Charlie James Gallery and Emma Gray are pleased to present Zoe Crosher's For Ur Eyes Only: The Unveiling of Michelle duBois. In this new iteration, comprised of images and ephemera bequeathed to the artist by confidante Michelle duBois, Crosher explores ongoing themes such as identity, travel, transience and obsolescence. She has extensively re-photographed, scanned and re-ordered duBois’ slippery self-portraits into a re-contextualized archive, thriving in the soft spaces between fantasy and fiction, documentation and theatricality, and individuation and anonymity. Michelle duBois is one of five aliases kept by the aspiring flight attendant who turned tricks to sustain her travels across the Pacific Rim in the 1970s and 1980s. She took on many different costumed guises and kept fanatical documentation of her many dramatic transformations. Until one day, she didn't. Which is where Crosher’s project embarks. The Unveiling of Michelle duBois opens with the final published photographs in the archive, to which the artist refers as ‘the last four days and nights in Tokyo’.