Grant Summary
Artist Statement
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.
  • The Four Phases of Love: The Impossible Fairytale, from The Book of Everyday Instruction, Chapter Six: What is shared, what is offered 2017, Chloë Bass, Injket print on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

  • The Book of Everyday Instruction, Chapter Eight: Complete upon arrival (Student), 2018, Chloë Bass, Dye sublimation print on metal. Courtesy of the artist.

  • A Field Guide To Spatial Intimacy, from The Book of Everyday Instruction Chapter Four: It’s amazing we don’t have more fights. 2016, Chloë Bass, Performance workshop documentation. Photo by Manuel Molina Martagon.

  • Knockdown Center, Intervention #1 2018, Chloë Bass, Text installation on movie marquee. Photo by Kalaija Mallery.