March 1 – 31, 2022
alex cruse is an interdisciplinary artist and writer living in Oakland, California. Since 2016 cruse has worked as Gallery Curator for Artists’ Television Access, a 2019 grant recipient from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. cruse is also the curator/convener of Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes of Oakland archival film project. In 2019, she was a Signal Culture Researcher in Residence, where she developed a project on machine vision and subjectivation within contemporary art practices. cruse forms half of DROUGHT SPA, with Kevin CK Lo. Using video, iterative visuals, text, movement, stochastic synthesis, and computer vision, among other modes, they explore the political economy of new media and human/nonhuman entanglement, among other topics. DROUGHT SPA has exhibited and performed throughout the U.S. and abroad. cruse is the author of CONTRAVERSE (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017) and ZERO ENERGY EXPERIMENTAL PILE (Compline, 2020). Other writing may be found in print and online on Social Text, CLOG Journal, SFMOMA Open Space, Tripwire, ARMED CELL, Elderly, bæst: a journal of queer forms & affects, and elsewhere. At the 18th Street Arts Center, cruse will work towards a multimedia genealogical project on the migration, politics, and culture of Russian Molokans, of which she is a direct descendant.