Zoë Buckman was born in 1985 in Hackney, East London. She studied at The International Center of Photography (GS ‘09) and was awarded an Art Matters Grant in 2017. She has shown in solo exhibitions at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London; Fort Gansevoort Gallery, New York; Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles; Papillion Art, Los Angeles; Project for Empty Space, Newark; Garis & Hahn Gallery, Los Angeles; and Milk Gallery, New York. Group exhibitions include Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; MOCA, Virgina; Camden Arts Centre, London; The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York; Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; The Tarble Arts Center, Illinois; Goodman Gallery, South Africa; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Unit London; NYU Florence, Grunwald Gallery of Art Gallery, Indiana University; The Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia; The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta; and The National Museum of African-American History & Culture,Washington, D.C.; The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; The Centre Regional D’Art Contemporain, Sète, France and Smack Mellon, New York. Public art installations include For Freedoms “50 State Initiative”, “Inaction is Apathy” billboard at 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville, Arkansas and “Champ” at The Standard, Downtown LA with Art Production Fund. Buckman currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Courtesy of Zoë Buckman's website: https://www.zoebuckman.com/about/
Excerpt from Art Production Fund's press release on their collaboration with Zoe Buckman:
Zoe Buckman’s first public art installation, on view for one year starting February 27, 2018 at The Standard, Hollywood. Standing 43 feet tall, and 9-feet in diameter, the installation will feature a glowing white neon outline of an abstracted uterus with fiberglass boxing gloves in place of ovaries. The kinetic sculpture will slowly rotate, serving as a symbol of female empowerment. The installation will be located on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Sweetzer Avenue in front of The Standard, Hollywood.
Statement from Artist: “As Champ imagery has been disseminated, women from a myriad of backgrounds have found their own meaning in the work,” said Zoe Buckman. “Whether it speaks to reproductive rights or advocacy around domestic violence, or women’s health awareness, my goal is to give agency to these women whilst also transcending gender in the fight for women’s rights. The use of boxing gloves as stereotypically masculine objects, and the choice to use white light for its neutral quality, will hopefully encourage us all to band together in face of current adversity.”
Buckman’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses neon, embroidery, sculpture, and photography. Her works explore themes of feminism and systems of oppression. Offering an honest discourse surrounding the female body and sexuality, she creates politically and socially resonant work centered around activism and advocacy. Following its launch timed with Women’s History Month, Buckman, Art Production Fund, and The Standard will partner with several local and national organizations, from cultural institutions to women’s advocacy groups, to offer a series of free public programs throughout the project’s yearlong installation.
“We are thrilled to present Zoe Buckman’s first major public art project,” said Casey Fremont, Executive Director of Art Production Fund. “Champ celebrates female strength, and we hope it will continue to empower women’s voices and afford the opportunity for crucial conversation surrounding women’s issues.”
“The Standard is beyond excited to welcome Champ to the Hollywood location. The symbolism behind Champ is extremely poignant, especially given the current state of affairs. To have this art stand amongst the advertising and billboards on the Sunset Strip will be a beautiful juxtaposition,” said Jenni Boelkens, Area Director, Design, The Standard.
Champ is made possible with generous support from Alice + Olivia. “As the CEO of a company with 400 women, supporting other women in their creative ventures is extremely important to me,” said Stacey Bendet, ceo & creative director of Alice + Olivia. “Zoe’s project resonates with me as a powerful way to support women’s rights and global solidarity, and I am proud to be involved in bringing this extraordinary work of art to life.” Alice + Olivia will launch a Champ-inspired capsule collection to support this initiative.
Public programming supported by the 7G Foundation.
Special thanks to Bethanie Brady for her ongoing support of this project.Art Production Fund has also produced a limited edition by Zoe Buckman, with all proceeds directly benefiting the project. The Champ Embroidery Limited Edition features a delicate, embroidered version of the neon installation, and is produced in an edition of 100. It is sold exclusively through Art Production Fund.