Jessie Closson is a contextual visual artist, performance artist, filmmaker, and writer, whose practice is comprised of curiosities into the science fictive, unknowns, blurs of human and object, vital materialisms, spatial and sensory simultaneity, overlapping realities, self records, cyborgs, ghostliness (or absence/presence), micro-fictions, and in-betweens. 

Narrative forms allow for the dissection of how the human body’s materiality takes form in a 'set of conditions that allows for its articulation'. The work is particularly concerned with this articulation in the context of technology---bodies in relation to intellect, bodies in relation to removed bodies, bodies in relation to the biopolitical, and human beings in the space of telematics–-–morphing space(s) and parafictive landscapes of overlapping realities. Presently, one's work takes the form of radio programming, 35mm slide projection (text and photographic-based), multi-channel video installation, performance for video, arduino-based human interactive programmed objects, and photographic stills.

Jessie Closson has a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. Closson lives and works in Los Angeles, California and New York. 

email: jessieclosson@alum.calarts.edu | insta: @removed.dialogue

Jessie Closson
Los Angeles, California | New York, New York

education
2019 MFA Photography and Media, Film and Video, California Institute of the Arts
2016 BA English, Fiction Writing, Boise State University
2014 BFA Photography/Printmaking, Art History minor, Boise State University

solo exhibitions | performances
2019 constellation notation(s) (performance). Erasure, LaSalle College of the Arts/Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, Singapore.
2019 sok (performance-screening). Bijou Fest, California Institute of the Arts, CA
2019 swimming pools (performance). Day for Night, WAREHOUSE programming
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
2018 conversation I: on dialogue (performance). The Box. Los Angeles, CA
2018 [non]matter lost in (outer)space, California Inst. of the Arts, Valencia, CA
i planted you these flowers to be (activation performance)
for dark rooms (radio program/mov. performance)
conversation I: on dialogue (movement)
2016 Bodies of Fiction. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2016 Human Bodies (performance), California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

collaborative projects
2018 When the peaks of out washing sound come together, my tree house will have a
Roof, by Sichong Xie. Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Manual of Arms II, Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille,France
(performer in video piece by Kate Walker)
2014 Manual of Arms II, LinenBuilding, Boise, ID. (performer in video piece by Kate Walker)
2012 Capital, Hemingway Center, Boise, ID(performer in video piece by Kate Walker)

residencies | seminars
2019 Conspirators of Pleasure, Escuela Incierta, Cali, Colombia
2019 Erasure, Tropical Lab 13, LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore
2017 Arteles Creative Center: Silence Awareness Existence, Hämeenkyrö, Finland
2017 Deja Vu, Tropical Lab 11, LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore
2012 In Transit--Art and Design, Nagoya Zokei University, Nagoya/Kyoto, Japan
2014 In Transit--Art and Design, Nagoya Zokei University, Nagoya/Kyoto, Japan

group exhibitions | screenings [selective]
2019 Erasure, Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore, Singapore
2019 Sok (screening-performance), Bijou Fest, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Rattlesnake Bells in the Desert (publication release), Lace, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Rattlesnake Bells in the Desert, The Box, (curator: Daniela Lieja), Los Angeles, CA
2018 Unstretched/Unframed. Akemime Der Bildenden Kunste wien. Vienna, Austria
2017 Silence Existence Awareness, Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland
2017 Mid-Residency Group Exhibition, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2017 Definition of Extravehicular Mobility Unit(screening). Dance Film; Deconstructed
Dance Film Festival, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Brooklyn, New York
2017 Déjà vu: Tropical Lab 11, Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore, Singapore
2017 SoCal MFA Exhibition, juried exhibition, Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona, CA
(Guest Juror: Amanda Ross-Ho, Los Angeles, CA)
2017 Room FA31: FAR BAZAAR,Cerritos College, Pasadena, CA
2015 Translucency. Red Circle Press Group Exhibition, Student Union Gallery
Boise State University, Boise, ID
2014 In Print. Red Circle Press group exhibition, Student Union Gallery
Boise State University, Boise, ID
2014 Transit - International Exchange Exhibition.
Nagoya Zokei University of Art and Design, Nagoya, Japan
2014 Totam Rem: BFA Exhibition, Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2013 Suspend Group exhibition, Wingtip Press, Boise, ID
2013 Dia De Los Muertos Exhibition. Arts and History Sesqui-Shop, Boise, ID
2013 DIVA IDEAS: Student Exhibition Spring 2013, Ganzo. Firenze, Toscana, Italia
2013 F_Air: Between Two Worlds Exhibition
Florence University of the Arts, Firenze, Toscana, Italia
2013 Wingtip Press: Leftovers III Print Exchange
Swansea Print Workshop; Swansea, Wales
Wharepuke Print Studio; Kerikeri, New Zealand
2012 Transit - International Exchange Exhibition
Nagoya Zokei University of Art and Design, Nagoya, Japan

grants/scholarships
2016-2019 California Institute of the Arts, Provost Merit Scholarship, Valencia, CA
2017, 2018 Bartman Photography Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2018 Film/Video School Dean’s Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2017 Art Department Dean’s Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2017 Provost Travel Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2017 Arteles Creative Center Residency Grant, Hämeenkyrö, Finland
2014 Chuck & Pam Scheer Photography Scholarship, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2014 Boise State University Art Department Scholarship, Boise, ID
2013 Associated Students of Boise State Direct Club Grant, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2014 International Learning Opportunities Scholarship, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2013 Student Life & Development Recognition Award, Florence University of the Arts, Florence, Italy
2013 Pat Bullington Women of Boise State Scholarship, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2012 Associated Students of Boise State University Direct Club Grant, Boise, ID

movement-specific intensives | studies attended
2018, 2020 Szalt Winter Intensive, Pieter Space, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Szalt Summer Intensive, Pieter Space, Los Angeles, CA
2017-2018 Szalt Company Classes, Pieter Space/Brockus Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Szalt Summer Intensive, Pieter Space. Los Angeles, CA

readings
2018 [non]matter lost in (outerspace) Data Log / Jellyfish Nebula excerpt
Rattlesnake Bells in the Desert Publication Release, LACE, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Jellyfish Nebula, BFA Graduate Fiction Writing Reading, Boise State, Boise, ID

radio programs [performance-based]
2020 Programmer, KChung, Los Angeles, CA
2016-2017 Programmer, Sound Dialogue,radioKCIA, California Insitute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2015-2016 Programmer, La Baleine Bleue, Radio Boise, Boise, Idaho

visual/technical assistantships
2020-present A/V Preparator, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles, CA
2016-2019 Projectionist (16mm, DCP). Bijou, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2016-2019 Technical Assistant, Film Services, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2017 Graduate Assistant, Andrew Freeman, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2017 Visual Arts Teaching Assistant, CAP AmeriCorps, Los Angeles, CA
2014-2016 Duck Club Presents Creative Content Team, Boise, ID
2015-2016 Treefort Music Festival Director’s Assistant, Production/VM/Graphic Designer, Boise, ID
2015-2016 Visual Arts Instructor, Boise Parks and Recreation, Boise, ID
2015-2016 Gallery Assistant, Gallery Five18, Boise, ID
2014-2015 Treefort Music Festival Director’s Assistant Intern, Boise, ID
2014 Teaching Assistant Internship, Laurie Blakeslee,Associate Professor, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2014 Photography Assistant, Jonathan Sadler,Associate Professor, Boise State, Boise ID
2014 International Artist in Residency Intern, Ming Studios, Boise, ID
2013-2014 Photography Assistant, Sage Paisner, visiting artist, Boise, ID
2013-2014 Student Union Fine Arts Assistant, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2013 Edition Printing Assistant, Kate Walker,Assistant Professor, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2013 Edition Printing Assistant, Mark Dion,visiting artist, Boise State University, Boise, ID
2013 Preschool Art/Performance-Based Learning English Teacher, Acciaoli Preschool, Florence, Italy



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