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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 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 ]

May 17, 2016

MISTAKEN BINDING: MARGIE LIVINGSTON’S HOLDING IT TOGETHER

Skin—dragged and torn, wrapped and layered, weeping and fossilized—resonates from Margie Livingston’s latest exhibition, Holding it Together. On view at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Livingston’s exhibition offers nine pieces that contemplate structure and form as an enduring plexus. Acrylic and leather are employed as canvases, which become the base by which Livingston plays with and blurs sculpture, painting, and dimensions.   more

These pieces, what Livingston names “paint objects,” reach out from the walls and draw in the light of the gallery, glowing and nearly vibrating, beckoning viewers for a closer look. [ READ MORE ]

May 06, 2016

KATE BONNER: The other side is this side / April 23 - May 28, 2016

Kate Bonner has often turned to poetic analogies to describe her work and point toward an understanding of her vision, including statements such as:

“Time is slipping. A moment ago this image stood alone. Now it catches against that other one. It flips upside down. The pixels snag, are turned into paint.” And, “There is frost on the window; with my finger I trace a wavering, circling line. The window is a frame. The frost is a screen. My finger is a pen...” [ READ MORE ]

May 01, 2016

Artist Profile: kate bonner

Artist Kate Bonner is drawn to distance, to expressing herself in works that create layers of separation between the viewer and the images and objects she employs, “maybe it’s something personal… from having moved around so much,” she muses. Choosing to obscure the content, she combines fragments of photographs or paintings, meticulously-crafted wooden supports and deconstructed frames in formal and elegant compositions. These works entice the viewer, attracting one’s gaze, yet ultimately withholding entry. [ READ MORE ]

May 01, 2016

ken gonzales-day: guest lecture

Ken Gonzales-Day is featured with a full-page illustration and index of his magnificent new photographic mural "39 Object Objects Arranged by Color", 2016, which was recently presented in the exhibition 'SKIN' at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.  [ READ MORE ]

April 27, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH KATE BONNER

Why did you decide to integrate 3D space into your photography?

It might be the other way around—that I was interested in integrating photography into 3D space. Even when I work with flat planes mounted on a wall, I’m thinking about space. I’m thinking about the allegory of space, the language of including and excluding, of interior space and exterior space.   more

And I just happen to be using photographs as a material to break into that space, to layer, to cut into it, to fold it, to splice it, to create multiple spaces in one flat area.
 http://museemagazine.com/art-2/features/interview-kate-bonner/

April 25, 2016

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst's "RELATIONSHIP" series sparks backlash at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Portland, OR.

New JSMA exhibit covered by black curtains after being displayed for two days.

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst’s art exhibit, “Relationship”, was on display for two days before museum officials at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art dawned black curtains covering both entry points to the exhibit located in the gallery room.   more

Citing controversial content, volunteers from a children’s program at the museum communicated to administrators about difficulties they faced while navigating shared space just outside a room the group uses for projects.
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