Monday, May 31, 2010

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Right, right, I know I should be writing a long thing about 95. I'm still taking some time off.

Welcome Summer

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Silver Ball Museum


Roy Halladay
AP Photo by Wilfredo Lee





Thursday, May 27, 2010

Oh The Humanity

"When I hear the word culture..., I release the safety on my Browning!" from Schlageter by Hanns Johst.

This quote is often rephrased as "when I hear the word culture, I reach for my gun" and has been misattributed to Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler and Joseph Goebbels.


"(Opponents of the Vietnam War are) an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as 'intellectuals.'"
-Spiro Agnew

And, shockingly, Karl Rove brought back the "effete snobs" description.

"Many times the people I see criticizing (George W. Bush) are, you know, sort of elite, effete snobs who can't hold a candle to this guy. What they don't like about him is that he is common sense, that he is Middle America."
-Karl Rove



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bruce Shore, Unemployed Philadelphia Man, Indicted For 'Harassing Email' To Jim Bunning

Feel free to copy and paste this into any email you are sending to Jim Bunning or to the FBI

"Fuck You.

Zoe Strauss"
Q and Fin! Can you email me asap? American Photo has a question for you guys! info (at) zoestrauss (dot) com


To This Year in Jerusalem

"If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither"

British Policy in Palestine (October 1938)

Holyland real estate scandal

More than 110 were wounded in the attack, 40 of them children, when a Hamas bomber detonated a five-kilogram device packed with ball-bearings on a crowded bus returning from prayers at the Western Wall.

Mount Zion

Western Wall

Tomb of King David

Golgotha, site of Jesus's crucifixion.

Muhammad's Night of Ascension: Muslims believe Muhammad was miraculously transported one night from Mecca to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Dome of the Rock

" ...with Israel a modern state, some see that longing as anachronistic, and with it the phrase that traditionally ends the seder, "Next Year in Jerusalem." The temple was destroyed 2,000 years ago, and many Jews today feel comfortable, religiously and materially, in their Diaspora communities. Some are uncomfortable with the extremes of religious life and the ongoing political strife in the Jewish state. The issue is even more salient for Israeli Jews, residents of a country whose capital is Jerusalem, for whom "next year in Jerusalem" therefore makes little sense on its surface.

What, then, does it mean for today's Jew to utter the words "next year in Jerusalem" at the end of every Passover seder?"

Exodus 3

"Jerusalem itself--is it a place we want to be, this year or next?"

Monday, May 24, 2010

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On the road to Lord Stanley's Cup.


Hunger by Steve McQueen

On The Beach by Nevil Shute

Rosalind Solomon’s Singular Journey By Susana Raab

I love Rosalind Solomon.

AT&T Commercial

“The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude have no direct or indirect affiliation or involvement with AT&T”

Sunday, May 23, 2010

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Friday, May 21, 2010

A shout out of love to Bill, Jill, Katy, Christine and Amanda. Hell yes, Wexner!
Right now I'm getting all my shit together from the last couple of years... taxes, debt managment, house repairs. The list is endless. But in the midst of this, I know I really want a new camera for the work I'm going to start next year. Most of the books are going to be photography based and right now I know that "To Next Year In Jerusalem" needs to be shot with a camera that can deliver hasselblad-like mural sized images. These cameras are about a billion dollars so I'm going to wait a while and try and figure out what to do.
Cosmo Baker Twitter. Highly recommended.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

two words: Anita Hill

Time Travelling

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I can't get over how we time travel all the time. On this vacation I effectively traveled 3 hours into the past and could speak to someone at home who was then living 3 hours in the future. 3 hours in the future IN THE SAME MOMENT! A TIME CONTINUUM SHIFT JUST USING AN AIRPLANE AND A PHONE!

I want to create "portals," which would just be live feeds, from interesections with the same named streets, one on the west coast and one on the east coast, that allow people to see others living in a parallel universe. The same named intersection, 3 hours into the future or into the past.

8th and Oxford, Philadelphia, PA

8th and Oxford, Los Angeles, CA
I'm thinking about a lot of stuff and need a few weeks to sort it all out, but I'm certain that the framework for my next project is coming together. And it's coming together a lot faster than I thought, thanks to a vision I had while driving to the Salton Sea. Thanks high desert. And thanks wife.
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Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA

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Mojave Desert
Joshua Tree, CA

Monday, May 17, 2010

Another project coming up post 2012: Fault Life.

Alex Mechanick starring in Doug Pike commercial! See him not once, but TWICE! Look for Alex in the upper right hand of the background crowd at the end. Love you Alex!

Full disclosure: I was Alex's babysitter for many years.

I'm Zoe Strauss and I endorse Alex Mechanick.
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Doug Pike commercial starring Alex Mechanick (Upper Right Hand Corner) I love Alex!
Home, starting on emails tomorrow.

Still sound asleep. Today, I mistakenly set my alarm for PM instead of AM and was almost an hour late to meet friends.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

1 day before return to civilization

Thursday, May 13, 2010

On the greatest vacation ever but had to bust out some internetting to recommend "On The Beach," by Nevil Shute. Now resuming vacation.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

on vacation.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Thanks to Wexner Security Officer Anderson #950 for taking these photos.
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You know what wrecks this photo? The crack coming down from the top left hand side that extends into the lighter pink.
A shout out of love to all my United States Artists friends! Kathie and Amada and so nice to meet Diana in person. United States Artists was really having an Ohio take over with Mark's brilliant show (if you can get to the Wexner to see it, do it) and me downstairs, and Daniel Martinez here for the opening.


Some I-95.FIN Writings and Photos

Photo by Pilar Berguido



Under I-95, Art For All One Last Time by Peter Dobrin

Cigarettes and Purity by Mel Trittin

Phrequency Blog

I-95 2010 by Melody Kramer

Zoe Strauss - 10th and Final Under I-95 Show by Pilar Berguido

I-95.10 Flickr Pool


Originally uploaded by Melody Kramer


Thanks to all who recorded the day, in words or images. Thanks to everyone who attended. Thanks to all who participated.


Thanks to Dan and Aaron, for their incredible generosity in coming to film the the event. I can't wait to see both of you guys again.
Thanks to Fin and Q for a can of champagne. That was amazing.
Thanks to Ruben for know how much I'd love the old Cosmo covers with Gia on the cover.
Thanks to all the people who came from really far places, like Ben. And thanks those who accidentally stopped by because they were going to Target for cat litter, like Jonah and Luke.

Thanks to my family, immediate and extended... Buddy and Rita Baker, Sarah Faux, Jane Roberts.

And to Liz and Angela.
And Elle.

And here's to a spectacular moment when people from 3 of my different grade schools came up to me at the same time...
Glenn Harper repping Mayfair, Alyson Bor-Bell repping McCall, Ms. Marielle Cohen and Cathy Woods repping Greenfield.


Friday, May 07, 2010

Happy Birthday, Walker Roberts!

Greetings From Columbus, OH

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I love Mark so much it's ridiculous.

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Here's Another Project To Be Commenced In The Next 3 Years

Ruby Ridge/ Move

This project has been in the back of my mind since I first visited family in Sandpoint, ID, at least 10 years.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Without a lot of people, I-95 wouldn't have been able to be sucessfully completed.

First, without Lynn Bloom nothing I've done in my adult life would have been possible. Lynn Bloom has supported me in every way she could for the last 20 years and without her none of my work would have ever been produced.

And without my mother, Ilene Baker, and my sister, Savannah Roberts, I-95 would not have been possible.

Thank You May 2nd Volunteers

Kait Privitera

Kara Mortellite

Sarah Fry

Nicole Stranko AKA Miss Fidget

Kelley Darling

Stephen Millner

Marie Kane

Astrid Bowlby

Jessi Melcer


Thank you, friends.

And I owe you 6 bucks Astrid!

For Your FYI

I just finished a 10 year project that was true to my vision from the day I turned 30 years old to the day I turned 40, one month and one day old.


"What's Next?" with Zoe Strauss

1. Heading to Ohio for an opening at the Wexner Center tomorrow.

2. Sunday, vacation for one week, me and my #1 lady.

3. The following Sunday, I'll begin writing about I-95 here, what the project was and how it worked. Plus, I'm going to start actually look at my finances, I'm thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars in debt and I have summarily ignored quite a number of things that need immediate attention. It's almost as if I'm coming out of a 2 year long suspended state where I focused on my work at the expense of every other thing in my life. So, on that Sunday, I will begin cleaning the house and the studio, walking for exercise, organizing my photos, answering emails, seeing friends, watering plants and petting dogs.

5. Back to Ohio for an artist’s talk.

4. Then to England, to Brighton to produce work for the Brighton Photo Biennial.

5. Back home.

6. Back to Brighton for the opening at the Brighton Photo Biennial.

7. Then to Light Work for a month in October.

8. Finally, work a show at Bruce Silverstein, work on another big show about I-95, get a job with a regular paycheck to pay off debts. My wife has pretty much supported me and my work for the last 15 years, so maybe it's time to contribute to our household finances.

9. I have a big project I'd like to work on, not yet, starting in 2012 or 2013. A 7 year project where I produce a book a year and the set makes one complete piece... in a way, the inverse of I-95 where the 3 hour installation was the piece and the photos and slideshows were the details. For the next project, the books and the ability for them to move about in the world is the piece, and any site specific projects would be details or excerpts from the books.

Working titles for the individual books are "Trouble," "Nogales/Nogales," "To This Year in Jerusalem," "Alaskan Summer Solstice," "Rocky Flats," "Pine Ridge" and the seventh doesn't even have a working title yet. It's really possible that this vision won't come to fruition in the time I've allotted for it because it's going to be A LOT of money to get this shit done. But, if anything, I'm a pretty dedicated woman. It'll also mean that I need to travel, to Ulster and other places in Ireland, to England, to Denver, to Nogales, USA and Nogales, Mexico, to Alaska, to South Dakota, to Idaho and to Jerusalem. I have conviction that this project will be FUCKING AWESOME.

10. My guess is that's going to take me into my mid-50s so look for an update on what's after that around 2025. Root for me to live that long because I'm totally taking in to the next level.

CAConrad reads from The Book of Frank and The City Real & Imagined on Bomb Magazine Blog

In episode 8 of Phoned In, BOMB Magazine’s poetry reading by phone podcast, CAConrad reads from The Book of Frank and The City Real & Imagined. Click through for an Q&A where he and Luke Degnan discuss Philadelphia, (Soma)tic Poetry, and why it’s necessary to ignore advice from older poets.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Who Is This Genius Singing 'Forever Young' at the Clothespin?

This woman is amazing and is a genius. She is singing "Forever Young" to banks around City Hall. I love her!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

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I am here

and I am here
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Monday, May 03, 2010

Thank You.

Thanks for your work yesterday, friends.

Miss Fidget
Kait Privitera

Thank You.

Thank you.

Lynn Bloom
Ilene Baker
Savannah Roberts
Manny Dominguez, Jr
Ashley Flynn
Alison Feldish
Marianna Peragallo
Christine Rybicki
Charday Laverty
John Powell
Christine Settino
Katie Hamilton
Kellie Hamilton
Maggie Hamilton
Kim Hamilton

And all who volunteered to help clean up and smooth photos and answer questions and distribute maps, the full list will be coming later today.

This is the beginning of a long list of thank yous coming over the course of the next few days.

Sunday, May 02, 2010


Thanks, friends.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

I feel physically sick and anxious about everything, revisiting every conversation I've had with every person who has posed for a portrait, revisiting the order, the interaction, the meanings, everything, everything, worried about everything.

Last Picture Show at I-95 Underpass Cathedral By Inga Saffron