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September 08, 2016

brian zanisnik's installation at Socrates Sculpture Park earns "Highbrow-Brilliant" status in NY Magazine's weekly 'Approval Matrix'

Artist Bryan Zanisnik will scatter life-sized busts of Christopher Walken across the grounds, paying homage to the Astoria-born actor through a farcical narrative that will be portrayed within a kiosk. [ READ MORE ]

September 05, 2016

FEDERICO SOLMI | Luis De Jesus Gallery

Federico Solmi’s “The Brotherhood” offers a dystopian nightmare-scape where the cult of celebrity overwhelms one’s every sense. The pseudo-cliché of the beautiful versus the profane collides in the meticulously painted frames of “smart” TVs projecting Solmi’s drawings and paintings, as rendered into 3D animation loops portraying some of the most notable times of history. The exhibit is overwhelming and would definitely terrify any suburban mom. [ READ MORE ]

July 16, 2016

See Your Favorite World Leaders Host an Exuberant Dinner Party

Pope Benedict XVI is hosting a lavish dinner party and—as long as you are another world leader—you’re invited! This is the premise of The Ballroom, one of many video installations by artist Federico Solmi on display at Los Angeles gallery Luis De Jesus.   more

The Brotherhood, his solo exhibition at the space, brings together historical figures like Marie Antoinette, Christopher Columbus, and Benito Mussolini in a variety of absurd scenarios in an effort to highlight the absurdity inherent in proclaiming yourself a “world leader.” [ READ MORE ]

July 07, 2016

Federico Solmi at Luis De Jesus Gallery; Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is excited by this artists hand drawn animations.

Incredulity, curiosity, delight, all are emotions that flooded in as I watched animated videos of The Brotherhood by Federico Solmi at Luis De Jesus Gallery. The Brotherhood, according to the artist, consists of the powerbrokers of world history. They are gathered here to celebrate their victories without a moment of regret: Napoleon Bonaparte, Genghis Khan, Christopher Columbus, Benito Mussolini, Sitting Bull, Marie Antoinette, Idi Amin, Montezuma and more.   more

He seems to say that the abuse of high position spans centuries, continents, race and gender. [ LISTEN TO PODCAST ]

June 28, 2016

FEDERICO SOLM: The Brotherhood

Federico Solmi’s character-based, narrative animations are over the top, dense and impossible to step away from. His animations begin as paintings on paper, a methodology that insures a handmade feel. The paintings are then scanned and composited via 3D modeling software and video game engines. Each animation in “The Brotherhood” is a critique of power using historical and mythical figures from the past including, for example, Pope Benedict XVI, Julius Caesar, George Washington and Genghis Kahn.   more

Solmi immerses these figures in imagined scenarios that develop across multiple monitors. The works are engaging as portraits as they are simultaneously cutting critiques. Not only does Solmi create obsessively layered animations, he also extends these drawings outside the screen, framing the monitors with mixed media drawings and gold leaf. (Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Culver City). 

June 21, 2016

review: The media age run amok in 'Federico Solmi: The Brotherhood' at Luis De Jesus Gallery

Imagine animating the surging throngs in James Ensor’s monumental 1888 masterpiece, “Christ’s Entry Into Brussels in 1889,” with its grotesque painted caricatures of mobs populating church and state and engulfed in an alarming aura of surging madness. You’ll have some idea of what Federico Solmi’s “The Brotherhood” is like. [ READ MORE ]

June 21, 2016

ken gonzales-day and zackary drucker featured: "Freedom of the Night: 11 Reflections on Orlando"

Following the attack on the Pulse club, artists and writers consider the nightclub as a symbolic space in queer culture. [ READ MORE ]

June 21, 2016

zackary drucker and rhys ernst featured: "Striking Photos of a Couple in Gender Transition"

Between 2008 and 2014, Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker were both transitioning genders — Ernst from female to male, and Drucker from male to female. They were also a couple. For six years, the two photographed themselves and each other, documenting both the course of their relationship and the joys and trials of the transitioning process. The 2014 Whitney Biennial featured 46 of their photographs, in addition to a collaborative film called She Gone Rogue and a performance piece by Flawless Sabrina, an iconic drag performer. [ READ MORE ]

June 21, 2016

Review The media age run amok in 'Federico Solmi: The Brotherhood' at Luis De Jesus Gallery

Imagine animating the surging throngs in James Ensor’s monumental 1888 masterpiece, “Christ’s Entry Into Brussels in 1889,” with its grotesque painted caricatures of mobs populating church and state and engulfed in an alarming aura of surging madness. You’ll have some idea of what Federico Solmi’s “The Brotherhood” is like.

At Luis De Jesus Gallery, eight LED monitors and a room-size installation for a suite of five more monitors transform paintings into disturbing video-pageants.   more

The New York-based artist frames the moving imagery with piles of debris painted directly on the screens, heavy on the logos of consumer trash. What is on the televisions is rubbish made remarkable. [ READ MORE ]

June 13, 2016

zackary drucker & rhys ernst: "Witnessing Love Between Two Transgender People"

Artists Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst privately photographed their six-year-long relationship, during which both of them transitioned in opposite directions.

Last Thursday evening the rare books room on the third floor of the Strand bookstore in Union Square was filled by transgender people and their loved ones. Two young artists had come together to talk about their new book with a curator named Stuart Comer and one of history's most important gender scholars: the artists' transgender "auntie," Kate Bornstein.   more

A collaboration between Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, Relationship documents their six-year love affair, during which both of them changed their sex. [ READ MORE ]