Contact Information: jcrusan60@gmail.com


Crusan’s interests combine materiality, process and a precise sense of craft, industrial labor, performance and endurance. Cyanotypes, casting, performative lectures and mind mapping culminating in a theory of queer exhaustion, this exploration of emotional and physical labor speaks of the ambivalence of object hood.

Using life events as an inspiration for work, Crusan uses media ranging from video, installation, photography and sculpture. The diaristic tone within the work allows for viewers to identify with the troubles of traumatic relationship breakdowns, unavoidable melancholy and the nonsensical nature of it all. 

Crusan puts contemporary takes on love and queer desire, queer exhaustion, astrology and the metaphysical in conversation with the traces and marks that a vulnerable, intimate experience leaves on those involved.

If it doesn’t scare us even a little bit, then it lacks the ability to be that once in a lifetime opportunity to change our lives for the better. It is within the realms of loss that a collective “we” can be found.  Loss is something we have all experienced at one time or another in many different forms. We are attached to others, to our bodies and exposed to each other and at risk for losing these attachments.

Crusan graduated from the California College for the Arts in 2017 with a MFA in Studio Practice and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies and the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2013 with BFAs in both Photography and Graphic Design. 

 

JAMEE CRUSAN CV

 

Education

2017 Masters of Fine Art Studio Art California College for the Arts

2017 Masters of Art Visual & Cultural Studies California California College for the Arts

2013 Bachelors of Fine Art Photography Cleveland Institute of Art

2013 Bachelors of Fine Art Graphic Design Cleveland Institute of Art

2001 Bachelors of Science Media Communications Indiana University of Pennsylvania

 

Group Exhibitions

2018 Trans-versing Sites: Standing Rock and Spiral Jetty, Asheville, NC

2018 Futility, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

2017 Misfit Maker Factory,  Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2017 Introductions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA (juried by Patricia Cariño Valdez, Kira Lyons, Hesse McGraw)

2017 Orium, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

2017 Trans-versing Sites: Standing Rock and Spiral Jetty, Hubbell Street Gallery, San Francisco CA

2017 Text Tales: Narratively in Cloth and Thread, College Ave Galleries, Oakland, CA

2016 You, Me and This Other Thing, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

2016 Creative Labor: Queer It Yourself, SOMArt, San Francisco, CA

2016 Ethereal Dreamers Never Lie, Barclay Simpson Award Exhibition, Oliver Art Center, Oakland CA

2016 Bury My Heart Apart From Me,  MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fused Space, San Francisco, CA

2016 Encounters: Portraits and Identity, Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016 Gender in Translation, Nave, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2015 AICAD Symposium - Exploring Science in the Studio, San Francisco, CA

2015 Swan Day, Firehouse Collective: The Lottie Rose House, Oakland, CA

2013 Spotlight Exhibition, Cleveland Print Room, Cleveland OH

2013  BFA Thesis Exhibition, Cleveland Institute of Art Bachelors of Fine Art, Cleveland, OH

2013 Student Independent Exhibition, Reinberger Gallery Cleveland, OH 

2013 A Compilation, Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland, OH 

Public Panels/Presentations

2018 DC Queer Studies Symposium TRANS(form)ing Queer, Baltimore, MD

*2018 University of North Carolina Queer Studies Conference. Prisons, Borders and Pipelines: toward a Queer abolitionist movement, Asheville, NC

2017 "Sightlines," The Double Edge of Visibility and Invisibility: Cassils and Queer Exhaustion, California College for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2017 Guest Lecture, The Double Edge of Visibility and Invisibility: Cassils and Queer Exhaustion,  Emerging Scholars, Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2017 Thesis Presentation, The Double Edge of Visibility and Invisibility: Cassils and Queer Exhaustion, California College for the Arts, Graduate Visual and Critical Studies Symposium, San Francisco, CA

*2017 Songs of Insurrection: Reading and Auction for Standing Rock, MFA Writing studio, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

*2017 Guest Panelist with Frances Richard and Prima Sakuntabhai Trans-versing Sites: Standing Rock and Spiral Jetty, Hubbell Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016 Guest Critic, Senior Sculpture Seminar — Professor Allison Smith,California College for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2016 Peer Critic, MFA Fine Arts program,California College for the Arts, San Francisco, CA 

2015 Guest Lecture: Love is Dead: Mapping Queer Exhaustion and DesireGender in Translation, Nave, San Francisco, CA

 

Awards/Grants/Fellowships

2017 Hubbell Street Gallery Micro Residency, San Francisco, CA

2016 California College for the ArtsTravel Grant, San Francisco, CA

2015 California College for the ArtsBarclay Simpson Award, San Francisco, CA

 

Commissions/Collections

2011 Oatey Company, Cleveland, OH (Corporate Collection)

2011 Mort Mendell, Cleveland, OH (Private Collection)

 

Professional Experience

2017 Columnist for Art Practical San Francisco, Ca (New Takes)

2016 Teaching Assistant, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (Metal Techniques with Clay Jensen), Fall 

2005-2009 Assistant Vice President HSBC Consumer Lending Department Cleveland, OH

2002-2005 Assistant Manager, American Eagle Outfitters, Indiana, PA

*Denotes Trans-versing Sites collaboration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You are what I gain through this disorientation and loss. This is how the human comes into being, again and again, as that which we have yet to know. Lets face it. We’re undone by each other. And if we’re not we’re missing something". 

- Judith Butler Precarious Life