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May 15, 2014

Interview: Kate Bonner Shares Her Photographic Sculptures at Luis De Jesus Gallery

At last weekend's Paris Photo LA, many works stood out to us for their ability to talk about photography in fresh, captivating ways. One such artist at the helm of sculptural photography pieces is Kate Bonner, who showed two of her works at Luis De Jesus Gallery's booth this year.

Bonner's works typically combine photography, sculpture, and installation for pieces that appear to come out of walls and corners. At the fair in particular, one seemed to be trying to leave the fair entirely, as it was positioned at an exit.   more

Kate's work reflects many of the explorations happening in photography today. We caught up with her to ask a few questions about her pieces and learned about her upcoming exhibition at the gallery in LA from May 17 to June 28.
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May 15, 2014

This Trans* Couple Photographed Their Changing Relationship — & Genders

Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker didn't intend to turn their lives into a public photography exhibition. They began documenting their relationship through photographs in 2008, and over the next five and a half years, they amassed hundreds of images. The snapshots — taken by them and for them — chronicle Ernst and Drucker's time spent together as lovers and partners. Encouraged by a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Ernst and Drucker selected the 46 photographs featured in Relationship, now on view at the Whitney Biennial.   more

Raw and arrestingly intimate, Relationship chronicles Ernst and Drucker’s private moments as an opposite-oriented transgender couple — over the time period in which the photos were taken, Ernst was transitioning from female to male, while Drucker was transitioning from male to female.  [ READ ON ]

May 05, 2014

ken gonzales-day featured in: "Encounters at the Edge of the Forest Exhibition now open at Gallery 400, UIC"

Curated by the 2014 Exhibition Practices class of the Museum and Exhibition Studies program in the UIC School of Art and Art History, the Encounters at the Edge of the Forest exhibit opened this weekend and will run through Sunday, June 14 at Gallery 400.

Encounters at the Edge of the Forest, is an exhibition surveying a far-flung and worldwide range of artistic responses to the strange and fraught ways in which trees and forests have often proved staging grounds for ideas about nationhood, nation building, and nationalist violence. [ READ ON ]

April 22, 2014

19 New Works Of Art That Have The World Buzzing:

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst

A great piece of art can get the world talking, and create a lasting impression that people continue to buzz about for years to come. We asked art experts, like the folks from Artsy, to select the most talked-about works of art from galleries, auction houses, or art shows within the last year or so. As a part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, American artists Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst collaborated on a collection of photographs called "Relationship," which aims to give the viewer an intimate glimpse into their relationship as a transgender couple.   more

The series is on display at the Whitney Museum through May 25.
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April 03, 2014

True Story Telling: In conversation with Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker

Zackary Drucker is a photographer and performance artist who works with body politics, often through fantastical lens. Exploring gender identity and presentation in vivid yet conceptual ways, as in her 2010 performance "One First", in which she posed on a rotating turn table sound-tracked to a recording of a spectacular, academic discourse concerning gender binary. Drucker has two works featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial made in collaborating with her partner, Rhys Ernst, a filmmaker best known for his 2012 Sundance short "The Thing".  [ READ ON ]

April 02, 2014

Erased Lynchings by L.A.-based Artist Ken Gonzales-Day Included at Our America Exhibition

Opening today, April 2nd, 2014 at the Frost Art Museum a major collective exhibition entitled "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art" (On view through June 22nd) includes the work entitled "Erased Lynchings series" by California-born artist Ken Gonzales-Day (BFA Pratt Institute; MA Hunter College, New York; MFA University of California, Irvine).   more

Based in Los Angeles, Gonzales-Day, 50, is represented by Luis de Jesus Los Angeles and at the Frost exhibition he will be exhibiting one of his interdisciplinary and conceptually grounded projects that consider the history of photography.
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April 01, 2014

zackary drucker and rhys ernst: six years

John Hutt: Over what period were the pictures shot?
Zackary Drucker: The earliest images are from 2008 and the latest ones were taken this past summer: 2013.
Rhys Ernst: We started taking pictures at the very beginning of our relationship, and continue to. We took a picture of ourselves this morning when we woke up.

John Hutt: The pictures are very tender, your relationship is clearly very strong - did you discuss sharing all this with the world, or did it simply seem the natural thing to do? [ READ ON ]

March 26, 2014

Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst: 10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing The Landscape Of Contemporary Art

Working in an array of artistic media including photography, video, sculpture, classical music and the spoken word, transgender artists are sharing their stories and experiences, their trauma and hope, their pasts and futures -- on their own terms.   more

Whether defining themselves as transgender, gender variant, transfeminine or gender failure, the following artists challenge our current understandings of identity while paving the way for a more aware and accepting future.

With skill, bravery, humor and passion, the following artists interpret transgender life in radically different ways, revealing the infinitely multifaceted reality of the trans experience. The following artistic forces have contributed immensely to the growing transgender presence in the art world and thus in the greater cultural consciousness. Behold, 10 trans artists who are radically changing the landscape of contemporary art. [ READ ON ]

March 13, 2014

zackary drucker & rhys ersnst featured in: "In Their Own Terms / The Growing Transgender Presence in Pop Culture"

The first time Rhys Ernst saw Zackary Drucker was in 2005 at a bar in the East Village. At the time, both were aspiring artists. Rhys had recently graduated from Hampshire College and was working for MTV networks. Zackary had graduated from the School of Visual Arts and was appearing on a reality TV show called “Artstar,” hosted by Jeffrey Deitch.
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March 10, 2014

zackary drucker and rhys ernst: Fresh News: 2014 Whitney Biennial

By turns ├╝ber-inclusive, messy, whimsical, minimalist, maximalist, profound, inane and poetic, the exhibition is the usual overwhelming jumble of competing multi-media installations and quiet creative gestures by artists with a range of experience and exposure. This latest edition reveals a bent for collectives, partnerships and hybrids, literary genius and preserving cultural archives.   more

...Best of all, Comer chose an intimate documentary project—the love story of transgendered artists Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst—that sparks a fresh conversation about contemporary identity politics.
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