Zoe Walsh uses a queer lens to deconstruct notions of sexuality that are enshrined in Western culture, along with assumptions surrounding gender expression and identity—all of which are grafted onto the physical body. Walsh’s work forges an aesthetic of trans subjectivity that offers openings out of the entrapments of the gender binary. Drawing from Warhol’s use of the silkscreened multiple as a method of deconstruction, Walsh addresses entanglements of embodiment and desire in spectatorship of gay male pornography, recently reworking late 1970s photographs produced by Falcon Studios. The erotically stylized figures at the site of a swimming pool are transformed through SketchUp and Photoshop, eventually appearing as stripped-down silhouettes in the paintings. Visual pleasure is sacred to Walsh’s work and linked to ideas of spectatorship and a desire to create space for trans identifications.

 

Zoe Walsh (b. 1989, Washington D.C.) received their BA from Occidental College and MFA from Yale University. Solo exhibitions include Exposures at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris and Desire Distilled, curated by Jess e Mockrin, at Pieter in Los Angeles. Recent group shows include Eleven Figures in II Parts, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA; Brush Against, Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA; Queer Paranormal: An Exhibition Concerning Shirley Jackson and “The Haunting of Hill House,” Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT; Virtual Dream Center, La Maison des Arts, Malakoff, France; and Queering Space, Alfred University Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY. I came to watch the morning rise was Walsh’s first solo show with M+B in June 2020. Zoe Walsh lives and works in Los Angeles.

Born
   
  1989, Washington, D.C.
   
EDUCATION
   
2016 MFA, Painting and Printmaking, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2011 BA, Art History & Visual Arts, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
   
SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
   
2020 I came to watch the morning rise, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Remote Light, Zeit Contemporary Art, New York, NY, curated by Bianca Boragi
2017 Periscope, Virtual Dream Center 2.0, (curated by Jean-Baptiste Lenglet)
  Exposures, Fondation des États-Unis, Paris, France
2013 Desire Distilled, Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Jesse Mockrin
2012 Cruising Affect: Peripheral Identifications, Abel Gutierrez Studio, Los Angeles, CA (with Nathan Lam Vuong)
2011 Tomboy, Occidental College Weingart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
   
2020 Eleven Figures in II Parts, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA (forthcoming) (forthcoming) Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA (curated by Munro Galloway)
2019 Queer Paranormal (An Exhibition Concerning ShirleyJackson and “The Haunting of Hill House”), Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
  You don't control the witness, ltd los angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2018 I am no bird..., ltd los angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  Queering Space, Alfred University Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY
2017 Virtual Dream Center, La Maison des Arts, Malakoff, France
  Paysages Intérieurs, Fondation des États-Unis, Paris, France
2016 Queering Space, Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
  Stream: Chapter Three, Two Chairs, South Windham, VT, curated by Cindy Smith
  Merry Go Round, Yve YANG Gallery, Boston, MA
  Partners, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY, curated by Anoka Faruqee & Michael Queenland
  Benefit Auction, Field Projects Gallery, New York, NY
  Double Dip, Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT, curated by Sheila Pepe & Molly Zuckerman-Hartung
  New Genealogies, Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT, curated by John Edmonds & Jenny Tang
2015 Untitled (with Dani Levine and E.E. Ikeler), Aisling Gallery, New Haven, CT
  Trans*, Yale Office of LGBT Resources, New Haven, CT
  Second Coming, Second Life, Second Cousin, Second Base, Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
  Yale School of Art Silent Auction, FRONT Art Space, New York, NY
2014 First Things, Yale School of Art Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
2012 Third Annual Queer Pile-Up, ForYourArt, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Darin Klein & Friends
  Dust Storm, Occasionals Gallery, London, UK
  Granica/Border, Miroslaw Balka School of Fine Art, Poznan, Poland
2011 Cargo Cult, Null/Void Gallery, London, UK
   
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
   
2016 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, Fondation des États-Unis, Paris, France
2015 Al Held Foundation Affiliated Fellow, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
  LGBTQ Studies Graduate Student Workshop Grant, Yale University, New Haven, CT
   
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
   
2019 McGeeney, Makayla-Courtney. "Exhibit explores sexual ambiguity in Shirley Jackson's best known novel." Bennington Banner. October 25. Tenzer, Harrison. "The New Canon: 7 Queer Painters Who Are Tapping into the History Books." Cultured Magazine. June 20.
2018 Ekstrand, Anna Mikaela. "Processes of Seduction. Zoe Walsh Talks About Their Show 'Remote Light' at Zeit Contemporary Art." Cultbytes. November 27.
2017 Frase Contemporary Art, "Frase Got Talent Catalogue," December. Manvi, Maya. "Zoe Walsh: Periscope." Virtual Dream Center 2.0, October.
2016 Sargent, Antwaun. "A Look Inside the First Queer Art Show at Yale." Vice: Creators Project, October 27.
  Butler, Sharon. "Examining Queer @ Yale University," Two Coats of Paint, October 21. Cummings, Mike. "Exhibit Unites Yale School of Art Students, Faculty, and Alumni Across Generations," YaleNews, January 21, 2016.
2013 Wagley, Catherine. “Five Artsy Things to Do This Week: Experimental Baby-sitting and the Fuzzy Wild West,” LA Weekly, September 5.
2011 Diggins, Claire. “Identity in Art: Zoe Walsh’s Experience As a Studio Art Major,” The Occidental Weekly, February 14.
   
LECTURES AND PANELS
   
2019 Artist Panel (moderated by Catherine Taft), ltd los angeles, Los Angeles, CA, July 28.
2018 Temp Talk, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
2017 Visiting Artist Lecture, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, October 31.
2016 The Tactile and the Visible: Bjorn Sparrman & Zoe Walsh, Yve YANG Gallery, Boston, MA, July 28.
2015 Perspectival Systems and Gender in Rome, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, September 21.
2011 Tomboy, Queer Horizons Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, April 30. The Oxy Street Art Project, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, April 18.