Bas Jan Ader and Zoe Crosher: The Art of Disappearing People

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Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 10:06 AM

click to enlarge Zoe Crosher's photo of where Michael Douglas jumped at Venice Beach Pier in the movie Falling Down - ZOE CROSHER
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  • Zoe Crosher's photo of where Michael Douglas jumped at Venice Beach Pier in the movie Falling Down

This week's art feature in our print edition, Catherine Wagley connects two current exhibits that explore the art of disappearing people.

One shows the work of the artist and cult figure Bas Jan Ader, who disappeared while sailing on the Atlantic Ocean in 1975 as part of a work he called In Search of the Miraculous. Another is by L.A. artist Zoe Crosher, who photographs locations along the Pacific where people disappeared, either in movies (like Michael Douglas in Falling Down) or in real life (like Natalie Wood or Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys). Catherine writes:

...Crosher's new exhibition at Las Cienegas Projects in Culver City responds to Ader less cathartically. Called "L.A.-Like: Transgressing the Pacific," it doesn't mimic Ader or even explicitly reference his work, but it does react to his penchant for going one step past the farthest edge.

"He went through, I go around," says Crosher...Because her project focuses on the Pacific, westward expansion's ultimate boundary, and Ader disappeared in the Atlantic, she couldn't use him. Still, he's her "secret inspiration."

Read the full story here: "Bas Jan Ader, Zoe Crosher, and the Art of Disappearing People"

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