November 03, 2015
review: CHRIS BARNARD at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Contrary to certain art historical narratives, painting has never waned, but only been ever more rigorously interrogated—usually by the artists engaged with the medium. Chris Barnard is one of those artists mining and turning over the modernist tropes of figural representation, abstraction, message and picture-making, as if to question the very forces driving them.
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November 01, 2015
“Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A” curated by René-Julien Praz, FEATURING: KATE BONNER, MATTHEW CARTER, CHRIS ENGMAN, MOLLY LARKEY, MASOOD KAMANDY, DENNIS KOCH
The emerging L.A. art scene shown for the first time in France at PIASA, November 4-9, 2015
“Once I’d thought of the title, Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A., nothing could seem
more fitting. The sheer wealth of images that these words evoke portrays with surgical
precision the pathos of this mythical city, where glamour meets vulgarity and highbrow
culture, the mainstream. Only in L.A. could kitsch rub shoulders with the sublime and
seduction with repulsion: this city truly is a world of contrasts. more
October 30, 2015
Studio Visit: Hugo Crosthwaite and a Giant Dashboard Jesus, channeling Tijuana's just-do-it spirit
Tijuana is known as a paean to improvisation. A man makes a house in the shape of a woman. Curio vendors transform the narrow aisle of tarmac between waiting cars at the international border into a thriving commercial venue. And, on the coast, just beyond the southern edge of Rosarito, a 75-foot sculpture of Christ rises from the hillside, its arms extended before the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. more
October 30, 2015
Zackary drucker featured: "A LOOK AT "BRING YOUR OWN BODY," A NEW EXHIBIT EXPLORING TRANS HISTORIES AND IDENTITIES"
by Layne Weiss | The "Bring Your Own Body" exhibit at the Cooper Union in New York City features works of transgender artists and archives from the renowned Kinsey Institute illustrating the experience of the transgender community in America through official history as well as modern-day artistic expression. more
October 28, 2015
Zackary drucker featured: NewFest Examines the LGBT Film Experience on All Sides of the Camera
Typically, film festivals are for, well, seeing films. But at NewFest, a six-day affair that bills itself as “New York’s LGBT Festival,” attendees this year were offered (in addition to a rich slate of new movies) the chance to hear from queer folks working inside the industry. more
October 20, 2015
Gallery Pick of the Week:The Translucent Depth of Alexi Worth's Paintings at Luis De Jesus Gallery in Culver City
Brooklyn-based artist Alexi Worth's new show at Luis De Jesus Gallery in Culver City, "New Paintings," opens this Saturday, October 24, and the opening reception with the artist runs from 6 to 8 pm. more
Here's what the Luis De Jesus Gallery has to say about Worth's work:
"Using nylon mesh as a surface, Worth employs a peculiar hybrid of mechanical and freehand effects by brushing and spraying acrylic paint over hand-cut stencils....The result is a semi-transparent, yet additive photogram effect of shadowy contours....Shapes are simplified into their most essential forms, closely cropped, and further layered, lending an optical illusion of depth. At the same time, Worth's surface is unusual. Flat and anti-painterly, the mesh surface is nevertheless subtly discontinuous. In each image, brightly sealed areas alternate with dimmer, open-mesh halftone passages where the gallery wall is visible....As a meta-narrative of the subject, Worth explores the gestures of reaching and grasping, or of things to be grasped."
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is located at 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.
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October 19, 2015
zackary drucker featured: "Trans Actors and Hollywood Insiders Discuss the Complicated Reality of Trans Casting"
Should trans roles always go to trans actors? And are trans actors still being pigeonholed as damaged characters? A conversation.
When Jeffrey Tambor, star of Amazon's Transparent, accepted an Emmy for his role as Maura in the critically acclaimed series, he thanked Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker, the show's transgender script consultants and co-producers. more
October 16, 2015
zackary drucker featured: "Film: On The Heels of Inclusiveness"
Co-director of Transparent speaks at Southern Comfort Conference
By now, most are more than familiar with the show “Transparent.” And if you’re not, you should be. Created by Jill Soloway for Amazon, actor Jeffrey Tambor has won a Golden Globe for his work in the lead role. more
Speaking at the Southern Comfort Conference after attendees viewed the first two episodes, co-director of Transparent Zackary Drucker shared with conference members just how involved the production team was in being as inclusive as possible. [ READ MORE ]
October 13, 2015
zackary drucker featured: "Transgender Artists Take Control at 'Bring Your Own Body' Exhibition"
A strong series of programs accompanies Bring Your Own Body: Transgender Between Archives and Aesthetics, a new exhibition opening today at the 41 Cooper Gallery in New York. Representations of the transgender experience are communicated across media, with an emphasis on performance and sculpture, or "having the bodies occupy space," co-curator Stamatina Gregory told artnet News in a phone interview.
During the show, which runs until November 14, a number of performers will be occupying the space at various intervals. more
October 02, 2015
federico solmi at postmasters
In his latest output, Federico Solmi scans hand-painted imagery and applies it to digital three-dimensional models of world leaders. He then imports each into a video-game platform and records their movements as if they were on a movie set. Titled “The Brotherhood” 2015, this series includes “video-paintings” of mostly infamous leaders with works that indict the viewer and society as much as the leaders themselves, as they flamboyantly posture like shallow celebrities. more