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   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    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  

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]  
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 
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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