Chloë Bass




I am a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. My work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. I began my work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 – 2017), and am currently in-process with a project observing immediate families (Obligation To Others Holds Me In My Place, 2018 – 2020). I will continue to scale up gradually until I’m working at the scale of the metropolis. My work evokes the particular state of attention produced by being alone in public: the sudden sense of everything as fascinating, the strange anxiety between feeling invisible and suddenly becoming aware that you are seen. I believe in performance as participation, and installation as scrutiny.

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