Jessie Closson is a contextual visual artist, performer, 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.
email: [email protected] | insta: @removed.dialogue

Jessie Closson
Boise, Idaho | Los Angeles, California

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

solo exhibitions | performances
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
2017    Arteles Creative Center: Silence Awareness Existence, Hämeenkyrö, Finland
2017    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]
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, LASALLE College of the Arts, 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    Szalt Summer Intensive, Pieter Space, Los Angeles, CA
2018    Szalt Winter 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

radio programs [performance-based]
2016-2017    Programmer, Sound Dialogue,radioKCIA, California Insitute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2016    Substitute programmer, Antler Crafts, Radio Boise, Boise, Idaho
2015-2016    Programmer, La Baleine Bleue, Radio Boise, Boise, Idaho

visual/technical assistantships
2016-present    Projectionist (16mm, DCP). Bijou, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2016-present    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, ID2014    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

readings
2016    Jellyfish Nebula, BFA Graduate Fiction Writing Reading, Boise State, Boise, ID

lectures/workshops
2017    Tropical Lab 11, Participant Presentations, Singapore
2015    Development Panel Moderator, Treefort Music Fest, Boise, ID, March 28th, 29th
2015    Art 108 Substitute Teacher, Boise State University April 7th, 9th.
2014    Medium Format Lecture, Art 341, Boise State University

*PDF of resume HERE

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