February 18, 2015
Zackary Drucker, The Skew / Wed, Feb 18, 2015, 6–7:30 pm
Artist Zackary Drucker orchestrates a performative panel to explore issues of “identity” as a theme in contemporary art, transgender representation, and the illusory nature of celebrity culture. Thinking critically about the structure of the diversity talk, Drucker appropriates the format of women-centered, roundtable talk shows. more
February 15, 2015
Dennis koch featured > Catch 22 X Two — Gallery Luis De Jesus
In this new & terrible year, it has been my delight to assist in the creation of a catalog for the upcoming showing of Dennis Koch at Luis de Jesus, L.A. on February 21st. Dennis is a pretty boss multi-media artist who is attracting some all-seeing type attention from disparate corners of the Great Cubic Matrix of Art 'n' Shizz. For me, this collaboration was all that & a bag of 64 gig hot-cheddar Frito-Lazzles, my brothers & sisters. A memory I will keep close. Thanks, Dennis. Below is a selection from my contribution to the catalog. [ READ MORE ]
February 10, 2015
Latino Lynchings, Police Brutality, And The Challenges Of Minority Law-Enforcement
Discovering a Hidden History
Professor Ken Gonzales-Day hadn’t meant to write a book about lynching until he stumbled across a placid portrait of Rodolfo Silvas, an epically-bearded man who lived in California in the 1880s . When he turned over the card, he found a note identifying Silvas as the last man hanged in Los Angeles.
“I got the idea to find out what [that] actually meant,” said Gonzales-Day, in a phone interview with the Latin Times. more
February 06, 2015
hugo crosthwaite featured: VISUAL ESSAY ON ZONA MACO ART FAIR, MEXICO CITY
SCROLL TO SEE EXHIBITORS BOOTHS. [ READ MORE ]
February 05, 2015
kate bonner featured > Uncharted perceptions: a look into the pool of contemporary art
Our world abounds with millions of visionaries and creators who are blessed with the ability to take their unique perceptions and portray them in a visual form. However, the pathfinding artists of modern society are often overlooked for more mainstream creative outlets, and their work does not always receive the amount of acknowledgment it clearly deserves. more
1) Kate Bonner: A flat photograph can do a powerful job of enhancing a subject and enlightening a viewer, but the angular abstraction of Kate Bonner’s work adds an entirely new dimension to the medium. In fact, it is difficult to categorize her creations into one set medium or title, and this intentional ambiguity is what sets her apart as an artist. It is also what makes her work so beautifully difficult to put into words. Her photos can be cut, stretched, bound or shifted in a number of ways to fit the dynamic shape of the medium that holds them. [ READ MORE ]
January 05, 2015
lily stockman featured > CRITIC’S PICKS: 2014 Top 10 Lists
LOS ANGELES / By Shana Nys Dambrot
4) Luis De Jesus: Lily Stockman “Women”
Quirky patterns flaunting assonant palettes are actually reductive portraits, mapped opinions, and feminist landscapes. [ READ MORE ]
December 09, 2014
NICHOLAS GRENIER and LILY STOCKMAN at Luis de jesus, culver city.
In many ways Nicolas Grenier and Lily Stockman's paintings are perfect complements. They share formal qualities as well as political ideologies, yet the two artists present their concerns in quite different ways.
Grenier's paintings reference visual maps of information that merge abstraction with polemics. They take their cues from data visualizations where gradients are often used to depict transitions from one state to another, often with arrows that flow in multiple directions indicating the different ways that information can move. more
December 08, 2014
nicolas grenier featured: The Perils and Pleasures of the Contemporary Biennale: Case in Point, Montreal
As every city on the globe seemingly has its own biennale these days, necessarily some are less well known than others. I am something of an expert in relative obscurity, having mounted the world’s smallest, the 195 Hudson Street, Apartment 2A Biennale‘ in my own humble abode. La Biennale de Montréal is also amongst the less celebrated biennials, and in fact it was only by complete chance, spying a poster out of the metro window on my arrival in that city, , that I was aware that it was taking place. more
November 15, 2014
Sculpture Center Featured artist:
SculptureNotebook, a program of SculptureCenter, a not-for-profit arts institution located in Long Island City, NY, is an online platform that features artists, events, books, and other cultural material pertinent to issues in contemporary sculpture.
FEATURED ARTIST: Kate Bonner - Part photo, part sculpture, Bonner’s work is an attempt to expand space and to bar entry. She uses scissors, scanners, digital erasers and jigsaws to break apart images and deny story. more
Her work uses representation but for abstract, formal reasons. She treats photographs as objects and sometimes uses them as portals to break through the surface of the piece. Her work values perceptual failures and contains real boundaries: literally walls, windows, and frames that serve as entry points or that limit access.
Kate Bonner received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012. She lives and works in Oakland, CA. In 2013, Bonner was included in NextNewCA, a survey of select California MFA graduates at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. She has exhibited at The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Et al Gallery, Queens Nails, The Popular Workshop, Important Projects, Paris Photo LA, and NADA New York, among others.
www.sculpture-center.org [ VISIT SITE ]
November 11, 2014
update: This Trans* Couple Photographed Their Changing Relationship — & Genders
Update: Since we originally published this story on May 15, artists Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker have expanded on their photographic project, Relationship, which chronicled the pair's romantic relationship as Ernst transitioned from female to male and Drucker transitioned from male to female. Whereas Relationship was a "celebratory and sentimental" look at the opposite-oriented trans* couple's shared life, the new photos in "Post / Relationship / X" reflect Ernst and Drucker's romantic separation: The two remain creative partners, but are no longer lovers. more