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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. 

February 01, 2014

ZACKARY DRUCKER and MASOOD KAMANDY featured in "Unsparing Quality", February 1 - March 15, 2013, Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

Unsparing Quality, a group show curated by Farrah Karapetian, poses the question: where do Surrealist impulses manifest in contemporary practice? The response involves three generations of artists who engage the legacy of Surrealist practice and offer work that investigates the subtle madness of the ordinary world.

The title of this exhibition is derived from André Breton's First Manifesto of Surrealism (1924): "Beloved imagination, what I like most in you is your unsparing quality."  more

The imagination does not forgive nor does it spare the dreamer the pain and pleasure of everyday life. This exhibition includes photographs, drawing, video, and sculpture by twenty-eight artists - each an investigation into the poetic potential of the Everyday. The tempo is set by Man Ray: he appropriates, he abuses materials, he communicates at once with his subject and viewer, and he puts his fears and values on the line. His Indestructible Object (1923/63), is a metronome with a cut-out photograph of a blinking eye that opens and closes as the arm swings. Man Ray understood clearly what makes an indelible impact: he elevates the object, the Thing, into a haunting talisman.

Three contemporary sculptures will depict a displaced self, which is a persistent presence (albeit in absentia) in René Magritte's later paintings: Shana Lutker's "T." (2010), a form shaped like the letter, or a mysterious structure shaped like a gallows from a child's game of hangman; Julian Hoeber's Family (2011-12), an installation of adult-sized wooden cradles; and Carmen Argote's L'Altalena (2013), a seesaw, not for children, but fit for tigers one might imagine wandering out of Rousseau's The Dream. A series of wigged masks from My Barbarian's Broke People's Baroque Theater (2012) are sculptural artifacts of a collective performance and a perspective on economic inequity.

Two extraordinary series of self-portraits - one by Claude Cahun (1926) and the other in 2013 by Luke Gilford & Zackary Drucker, titled This Is What It Looks Like (To Go From One Thing To Everything), traverse the subtle terrain of the unseen self. Luke Gilford, who shares with Man Ray and René Magritte a background in fashion photography and advertising, will also present earlier photographs; namely, Untitled (Rya, L.A. Stories), a portrait of a housewife - her face and body obscured by a flesh bodysuit - who becomes a cipher, a mannequin, an avatar.

How we outfit our selves becomes a matter of discovery - not just in terms of costume, but in terms of which identity we uncover at all. "There must be more to life than just having everything," begins the narration in Zackary Drucker's film (with Flawless Sabrina), At least you know: you exist (2010-11). The film is a symbiosis of identity between two artists and an ode, therefore, to a genuine attitude of creativity towards one's changing sense of self. Eleanor Antin's I Invoke The Gods Of War (1974) is a sequenced suite of vintage silver gelatin photographs in which the artist walks among her people as her 'political self' - the bearded King of Solana Beach. Robert Therrien's Untitled (Beard) sculptures are similarly mythic adornments for a variety of bodies. For this exhibition, Mr. Therrien will assemble a "beard cart" that includes multiple beards as well as a variety of the tools of their upkeep.

In Tim Hawkinson's life-sized bronze, Samoa (2013), a cast of the artist's body includes chain links shackling his tongue to his hands. The joints of the chain are casts of the artist's tongue, lips, thumb, and index finger. Our senses and mind ensnare us, and we, as artists and humans, look for ways out of this bind. British artist Jane Wilbraham's Seven Month Frail (2013) is a whittled sycamore pitchfork with claw-like tines part animal/part human. In The Semi Transparent City (1950), Japanese avant-garde photographer Kansuke Yamamoto also separates adornment from flesh, and invokes the dystopic undertow of post-war Tokyo in his phantasmic image.

"Artwork comes out of some disobedient spirit against readymade things of society," wrote Mr. Yamamoto (1941). The Mexico City-based sculptor Martin Soto Climent wrenches new meaning from found objects, and in Tight on Canvas (Bridget) (2010) he fashions a perverse poetry from a friend’s pink stockings and leather pumps. New York-based photographer Tim Davis finds that reaction in L'Origine du Monde, 2004 an image that addresses its subject and the compromise of being seen; while Jacques Villeglé's décollage, Rue du Temple (1967) and Unica Zürn's torn and reassembled drawing similarly display an aesthetic of anarchy and distress.

Chloe Piene's expressionistic charcoal contour drawing, Pousette (2012), evokes Hans Bellmer's automatic drawing and Gustav Klimt's eroticism. Kim Schoen's film, The Horseshoe Effect (2013), showcases the absurdity of the language of commerce and the ease with which the contemporary subject slips into nonsensical improvisation in that sphere. Martha Rosler's photomontages from Bring The War Home: Iraq (2004) and Eleanor Antin's epic photographic tableau, The Tourists (from Helen's Odyssey) (2007), highlight the incongruent and non-real experience of those at war and those who visit it through the one-way mirror of their television sets. Matt Lipps and Deville Cohen each use re-photography to collapse perspective on time itself.

This exhibition also includes work by Ray Anthony Barrett (drawing), Max Rain (drawing), Mie Hørlyck Mogensen (photography), and Masood Kamandy (photography). There is a readiness in these artists to render real their fantasy, but to reveal the rendering as a part of the work. Psychological or political situation are not only the impetus for this work, but the practice and product of it as well.

The threads drawn here between artwork of the mid-20th century and the 21st century do not suggest that artists of these periods think literally about the work of the early surrealist movement. Instead, Unsparing Quality suggests a thriving continuum in the human impulse to reveal and refine psychological and political realities, using the flexibility of fantasy to face one's fears.

There will be a public program of artists' readings and performance throughout the run of this exhibition. On February 23rd, Eleanor Antin will read from her memoir, Conversations with Stalin and from her new memoir, An Artist's Life by Eleanora Antinova as told to Eleanor Antin, a work in progress. A limited edition catalogue has been published to accompany the show [ VISIT SITE ]

February 01, 2014

"Marcos Ramírez ERRE: A Game of Deception... Of Oil, Soccer and Other Bets", opens at Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, February 1, 2014 - July 13, 2014

The first Project Room exhibition of 2014, "Marcos Ramírez ERRE: A Game of Deception...   more

Of Oil, Soccer and Other Bets (El juego del engaño...de petroleo, futbol y otras apuestas)", curated by Idurre Alonso, showcases the work of Marcos Ramírez ERRE, an artist who has made significant contributions to the development of contemporary art in the San Diego/Tijuana area.

Marcos Ramírez ERRE provokes by questioning and pondering about the contextual themes related to the spaces where his works are presented, converting spectators into agents involved with the reality that surrounds them. Born in Tijuana, Mexico in 1961, ERRE has been described as a binational, hybrid and transcultural border artist. Many of these adjectives are related to his most emblematic projects of the 1990s. However, in the last decade his work has become equally concerned with pointing out broader social issues, beyond the focus of border politics.

The expropriation of Mexico's petroleum production, in the beginning of the 20th century, from the hands of foreign private businesses was realized by President Lázaro Cárdenas del Río in 1938 and was considered, at that time, as one of the historic triumphs of Nationalism. With this exhibition, ERRE proposes an analysis of Mexico's current situation in facing the potential privatization of PEMEX, its national petroleum company.



Specifically for this exhibition, the artist has created a model that depicts a large monumental oil well tower leaning against the façade of MOLAA. The tower symbolically represents the collapse of Mexico's present-day energy industry. Another installation in the exhibition reproduces a soccer field propped on a platform of oil towers over which a ball swings, pointing out that under the apparent distraction (or hypnosis) of soccer, the population forgets important sociopolitical problems. Three additional components add to the exhibition: a series of crowd shields made of oil barrels with inscribed references to large oil companies, optometric eye charts with quotes by well-known figures such as Vicente Fox, George W. Bush, and John Paul Getty and a series of works on the wall with text written in an internet-based format used to prevent identity theft, which in reality are easily read but draw attention to the reader. Words such as democracy, nation and sovereignty are displayed before the spectator in a new format generating questions directly related to their significance in the present.

ERRE has participated in residencies, lectures and numerous individual and collective exhibitions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. For example: InSite95 and InSite97; VI and VII Havana Biennials; 2000 Whitney Biennial; 2004 San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial; 2007 Sao Paulo Biennial; 2007 Valencia Biennial; 2nd Moscow Biennial 2007; 2008 California Biennial; and 2012 ZERO1 Biennial. Solo and group exhibitions include: "Marcos Ramirez ERRE: A Reconstruction of Events-20-Year Retrospective", Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; "How Many Revolutions?", LAX ART, Los Angeles; "The Body of Crime", Artpace, San Antonio, TX; "The Four Pilots of the Apocalypse", The Suburban, Chicago, IL; "Postcards from the Edge", EDS Galeria, Mexico City; "Strange New World", Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; and "Baja to Vancouver: West Coast Contemporary Art", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, among others. Marcos Ramirez ERRE is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.
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