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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 ]

March 06, 2014

ZACKARY DRUCKER AND RHYS ERNST: Your Guide To The Artists Of The 2014 Whitney Biennial

How are you ever going to navigate 103 of the most exciting artists of today (and tomorrow)? We've picked out ten artist's we're particularly excited for to give you a taste of what's out there. For the other 93, you'll have to make your way to the Whitney. Behold, 10 Whitney Biennial artists we can't wait to see...

#5 & #6. Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst. Drucker: Born 1983 in Syracuse, NY. Ernst: Born 1982 in Pomona, CA.   more

Live and work in Los Angeles, CA.

What was the first artwork you remember really shaking you up?
ZD: Arian Piper's Cornered - one of my all-time favorites.
RE: Superstar by Todd Haynes

Briefly describe your work at this year's Biennial.
ZD & RE: "Relationship" is a photographic series we created that documents our five plus years together. It's 46 images on view on the 3rd floor and the work shows our evolution as people, as a couple, and throughout our gender transitions. "She Gone Rogue" is a 22-minute fantastical narrative film starring Flawless Sabrina, Holly Woodlawn and Vaginal Davis. It will play in the lobby gallery from March 26 to April 13.
Flawless Sabrina will be doing tarot readings at her apartment across the street from the museum as an auxiliary event connected to the Biennial and also to "She Gone Rogue." Additionally, we are staging a live TV Talk show in the museum lower lobby on April 4 for the public programming portion of the Biennial.

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March 05, 2014

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst: Whitney Biennial 2014: Stuart Comer on the Third Floor

On the third floor, 2014 Whitney Biennial curator Stuart Comer professed to “provide a kaleidoscopic glimpse of this historic moment,” emphasizing work that seemed in flux and in transition from one medium to another, one state to another, or even across borders and identities.   more

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst’s Relationship series (2008–13) is the most obvious example, and also the most successful, as the couple documented their relationship as a transgender couple transitioning in opposite directions (Drucker from male to female, Ernest from female to male). The images are intimate, feeling almost alchemical at moments as flashes of light and loving gestures demonstrate a closeness one can only have with a lover. The distance between the two bodies or, in this case, the camera and the subject sometimes feels so close you can almost hear them breathe. None of the other works on the floor approach that level of magic...
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March 03, 2014

ZACKARY DRUCKER AND RHYS ERNST: TRADING PLACES: Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst at the Whitney Biennial

Zackary Drucker, 30, and Rhys Ernst, 31, both graduated with MFAs from CalArts—Drucker in 2007, Ernst in 2011. They are a transgender couple, Drucker a transwoman and Ernst a transman, meaning Drucker is man-to-female, and Ernst, female-to-male. (The irony of this transition really never comes up.) The new photographs they’ll be showing at the Whitney will illustrate their stages of transitioning and is a body of work they’ve been working on for five years now.   more

Both are artists in their own right, but they often collaborate, and the work being shown at the Whitney is a fully collaborative series. Ernst is known more as a filmmaker and Drucker, a performance artist who works in video and photography. But to be so definitive, so “boxed in”—a phrase that repeats throughout our conversation—would be a falsity, practically a lie. These artists make art out of their daily lives, and that is what their new work will come to reveal. [ READ ON ]

February 27, 2014

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst: State of Our Art, According to Whitney | A Guide to the 2014 Whitney Museum Biennial

...An especially provocative photographic diary compiled by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst in Mr. Comer’s installation chronicles the couple’s five-and-a-half-year relationship, in which one transitioned from female to male, and the other from male to female. Until now, this had been a private journal. [ READ ON ]

February 25, 2014

Poetics of the Everyday: The Photographic Practice of Masood Kamandy by Sophia Azeb

"The stuff that I photograph is fairly mundane and ordinary, but through the process they take on this new life," says artist Masood Kamandy, as he gestures his photographs on the walls of the gallery, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. The subjects of L.A.-based artist's images are uncanny: a fuzzy Gatorade bottle, pomegranates stuck with push-pins, and a roll of raffle tickets floating above an ombré surface. Kamandy's solo exhibition "M.O.O.P."  more

aka "Matter Out Of Place" is on view through March 29 and it is easy to relate to the title while standing before a large-scale photograph of Silly Putty surrounded by the toy's empty shells and topped with ping-pong balls.  [ READ ON ]

February 18, 2014

MARTIN DURAZO featured in "REVERB! Music Inspiration and Content in Contemporary Art", January 18 - March 8, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

REVERB! is the effect from a source of sound on the world around it. This exhibition combines the work of visual and sound artists to explore the role of music in contemporary art. These artists discover myriad ways to explore the connections between the making of music and the making of visual art.   more

Curated by Max Presneill and Daniel Rothman, REVERB! features music as both inspiration and content in contemporary art.

Featured artists include Tyler Adams, Steve Bankhead, Tim Bavington, Juan Capistran, Graham Dolphin, Sean Duffy, Martin Durazo, Deanna Erdmann, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Kio Griffith, Mineko Grimmer, Martin Kippenberger, Gil Kuno, William Leavitt, Adam D. Miller, Dave Muller, Andy Ralph, Steve Roden, Marina Rosenfeld, Ed Ruscha, Andrew Sexton and Matt Stokes.

The exhibition will be on view from Tuesday, January 21 through Saturday, March 8. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.torranceartmuseum.com/.

The Torrance Art Museum is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive in Torrance. [ VISIT SITE ]

February 08, 2014

KEN GONZALES-DAY to participate in "Ghosts", February 8 - March 1, 2014, Arena 1 Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

GHOSTS presents new work by six artists exploring the aftermath of the catastrophe, the genocide, or the war. How should we treat the Ghosts each of these leaves behind - in real life, as metaphor, as a tool?

The very own substantiality each one thing in itself exhibits, its innate properties, its relation to subject, time space, and language are altogether qualities which suddenly start to dissipate when we have to deal with ghosts.   more

It is hard even to agree on one word for them: there are specters, phantoms and wreath, genie and spirit, the apparition and many other denominations to describe a phenomenon that tends to blur the demarcation line between subject and object, past and presence, here and there. [ READ ON ]

February 04, 2014

MARTIN DURAZO featured in "Transitway", in conjunction with new site-specific work at Metro Station-El Monte. February 3 - 28, 2014, Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, Whittier, CA

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has commissioned four Los Angeles based artists – Martin Durazo, Phung Huynh, Vincent Ramos and Eloy Torrez – for artworks that will enhance the transit experience at El Monte Station, the largest bus facility west of Chicago that sees up to 40,000 daily riders. Each artist has created four artworks that will be installed at the station January 2014.

Rio Hondo College will be exhibiting the original artworks to facilitate a dialog between the artists and the community.   more

The exhibition will be on display from Feb. 3 – 28. Gallery hours will be 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with additional evening hours Monday through Wednesday from 6 – 9 p.m.

A panel discussion will provide an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about the process of translating their artistic vision into works of art for public transportation sites. The panel will take place Thursday, February 6 from 7 – 8 p.m. in the Ray Theatre at Rio Hondo College and will include the artists Martin Durazo, Phung Huynh, Vincent Ramos and Eloy Torrez, and moderator Jorge Pardo, Metro Director of Art & Design. Admission to both panel discussion and the exhibition will be free. Parking at Rio Hondo College is $3.

Rio Hondo College is located at 3600 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, CA, 90601. It is accessible from El Monte Station via Metro Bus 270 and Express Bus 577. Use the Trip Planner at metro.net for more routes and connections.

The exhibition physically reveals a critical and often challenging process for the artist in negotiating the changes that occur when an artwork is fabricated for a public site. Durable artwork materials are necessary to withstand outdoor transit environments and to ensure long-term artistic integrity. Each artwork panel represents the culmination of a process of translation-in concept, practice and material. The exhibition presents a variety of media used in the artists’ studios, including painting, drawing, and digital collage that have been interpreted into powder-coated aluminum panels.

Vincent Ramos pays homage to the rich cultural contribution of the El Monte Legion Stadium, a hotbed of activity in its heyday. The artwork focuses on the musicians who played at the stadium and the promoters (radio deejays and TV personalities) who organized and hosted these events. Individuals represented in the artwork reflect the early worlds of rock n’ roll, rhythm and blues, and country music.

Eloy Torrez explores transitions and movement to visualize the movement, energy and patterns that people create on their travels. His work depicts our monetary encounters as we cross paths with each other in our daily lives and within the transit environment.

Artist Martin Durazo uses swirling vibrant colors such as metallic blue, electric yellows, pinks, and silvers, to energetically mirror the ever-changing intersection of cultures and environments in the Los Angeles area.

Phung Huynh’s artwork is informed by the city’s rich history through the use of symbolic and metaphoric imagery. Her stylized treatment of forms, shapes, and figures is inspired by papel picado (Mexican papercut art) and Chinese papercut art.

To request images of artwork for publication, please email gomezpa@metro.net. For more information on Metro’s art program, visit metro.net/art.