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April 03, 2014

True Story Telling: In conversation with Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker

Zackary Drucker is a photographer and performance artist who works with body politics, often through fantastical lens. Exploring gender identity and presentation in vivid yet conceptual ways, as in her 2010 performance "One First", in which she posed on a rotating turn table sound-tracked to a recording of a spectacular, academic discourse concerning gender binary. Drucker has two works featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial made in collaborating with her partner, Rhys Ernst, a filmmaker best known for his 2012 Sundance short "The Thing".  [ READ ON ]

April 02, 2014

Erased Lynchings by L.A.-based Artist Ken Gonzales-Day Included at Our America Exhibition

Opening today, April 2nd, 2014 at the Frost Art Museum a major collective exhibition entitled "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" (On view through June 22nd) includes the work entitled "Erased Lynchings series" by California-born artist Ken Gonzales-Day (BFA Pratt Institute; MA Hunter College, New York; MFA University of California, Irvine).   more

Based in Los Angeles, Gonzales-Day, 50, is represented by Luis de Jesus Los Angeles and at the Frost exhibition he will be exhibiting one of his interdisciplinary and conceptually grounded projects that consider the history of photography.
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March 26, 2014

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst: 10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing The Landscape Of Contemporary Art

Working in an array of artistic media including photography, video, sculpture, classical music and the spoken word, transgender artists are sharing their stories and experiences, their trauma and hope, their pasts and futures -- on their own terms.   more

Whether defining themselves as transgender, gender variant, transfeminine or gender failure, the following artists challenge our current understandings of identity while paving the way for a more aware and accepting future.

With skill, bravery, humor and passion, the following artists interpret transgender life in radically different ways, revealing the infinitely multifaceted reality of the trans experience. The following artistic forces have contributed immensely to the growing transgender presence in the art world and thus in the greater cultural consciousness. Behold, 10 trans artists who are radically changing the landscape of contemporary art. [ READ ON ]

March 13, 2014

zackary drucker & rhys ersnst featured in: "In Their Own Terms / The Growing Transgender Presence in Pop Culture"

The first time Rhys Ernst saw Zackary Drucker was in 2005 at a bar in the East Village. At the time, both were aspiring artists. Rhys had recently graduated from Hampshire College and was working for MTV networks. Zackary had graduated from the School of Visual Arts and was appearing on a reality TV show called “Artstar,” hosted by Jeffrey Deitch.
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March 10, 2014

zackary drucker and rhys ernst: Fresh News: 2014 Whitney Biennial

By turns ├╝ber-inclusive, messy, whimsical, minimalist, maximalist, profound, inane and poetic, the exhibition is the usual overwhelming jumble of competing multi-media installations and quiet creative gestures by artists with a range of experience and exposure. This latest edition reveals a bent for collectives, partnerships and hybrids, literary genius and preserving cultural archives.   more

...Best of all, Comer chose an intimate documentary project—the love story of transgendered artists Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst—that sparks a fresh conversation about contemporary identity politics.
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March 06, 2014

zackary drucker and rhys ernst: One Last Dance in the Old Place / 2014 Whitney Biennial Has New Faces and Interesting Choices

They are also, of course, inherently political statements, and in a Biennial damningly mum about politics, it is bracing to find work that isn’t. Photographs of, and by, Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, a transgender couple, put queer consciousness on the front burner...  [ READ ON ]

March 06, 2014

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst: This Is Not a Survey: An Incomplete Review of the Whitney Biennial

...Meanwhile, Zachary Drucker and Rhys Ernst's photographic series Relationship, 2008-13, is one of the biennial's true stand-outs—it tracks the pair's criss-crossing gender transformations (male to female, female to male), and is beautifully composed, funny (some Sarah Lucas-y humor, wherein eggs stand for balls and bratwursts become penises), and unabashadedly sweet and sentimental. [ READ ON ]

March 06, 2014

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst: Photography at the Whitney Biennial: Hidden in Plain Sight

It’s been a long time since photography was considered a separate medium made by people who called themselves photographers—the medium has been thoroughly absorbed and blended with painting and sculpture, video and installation for several decades at least. But it can be fun to check in on photography in a show like the Whitney Biennial, which offers a broad look at rising trends and new directions in art.   more

These seven artists from this year’s show, which spans three floors and was curated by three different people, prove that photography is hardly over—it’s just changed shape in one way or another, and lives on as a tool or a reference or a lens.
...Two rows of color photographs make up Drucker and Ernst’s glamorous Relationship, 2008-13. In the top row, a figure with long bleached-blond hair poses in heels or in a dark apartment; below, a person with short dark hair lounges in bed or wades in the ocean. The series documents the couple’s gender transitions, artist Drucker from male to female and filmmaker Ernst from female to male, in images that, like gender, walk the line between documentary and performance. 

March 06, 2014

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst: The Young Guns: 8 Whitney Biennial Artists Born After 1980

...The cohort of young artists in the current Whitney Biennial are so independent and energetic in articulating their practices that there is little danger of these voices getting lost. Seven of this group of eight were selected by Stuart Comer… Touring Comer’s third floor installation at the museum, these young artists provide some of the clearest expressions of that thesis, perhaps because they have spent most of their lives in times that have embraced the composite, the blended, the layered.   more

If you want to get an idea of what will be talked about not only in this Biennial, but for years to come, check out these artists with long careers ahead of them...

Offering up the most literal expression of shapeshifting personal identities, Drucker and Ernst both have been undergoing gender reassignment surgery for several years, the former from a man to a woman, the latter vice-versa. A couple in their personal as well as professional lives, the Los Angeles duo have recorded the slow evolution in photos and films of their everyday lives. The means of expression is perhaps the most traditional of any of these artists—when looking at the wall covered with color photos of utterly intimate moments shared between the two lovers and artists, it is hard not to think of Nan Goldin’s photographs of a quarter century ago. Yet where Goldin’s works were praised for their honest expressions of angst and pain and frailty within relationships, the power here comes from the couple’s casual joy and easy confidence. The occasional visual jokes (two eggs held between a pair of thighs, a sausage about to be consumed) refer back to the project's central theme with a knowing wink and reveal behind the seemingly candid shots a self-awareness that speaks to everyone's attempts to remake themselves. Films by the pair will be on view a various times during the Biennial’s run.
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March 06, 2014

ZACKARY DRUCKER AND RHYS ERNST: The 2014 Whitney Biennial Disappoints, With Misfires, Omissions, Only Glimmers of Greatness

From the moment that the Whitney Museum revealed that the 2014 biennial would have three curators, each organizing a show on a separate floor, I’ve been worrying. The decision sounded like an abdication of responsibility, a downgrading of the museum’s trademark show, and a recipe for a colossal disaster... Secrets are being shared on floor three; bodies are morphing, writhing and posing. Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst document, in heartrending photos, their sex changes, male to female and female to male. [ READ ON ]