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October 13, 2015

zackary drucker featured: "Transgender Artists Take Control at 'Bring Your Own Body' Exhibition"

A strong series of programs accompanies Bring Your Own Body: Transgender Between Archives and Aesthetics, a new exhibition opening today at the 41 Cooper Gallery in New York. Representations of the transgender experience are communicated across media, with an emphasis on performance and sculpture, or "having the bodies occupy space," co-curator Stamatina Gregory told artnet News in a phone interview.

During the show, which runs until November 14, a number of performers will be occupying the space at various intervals.   more

For instance, artist niv Acosta will tape a live talk show for his performance DISCOTROPIC | Alien Talk Show on October 22, and queer icon Flawless Sabrina will be in conversation with artist Zackary Drucker and writer Diana Tourjee on October 24. There are also readings, film screenings, and a pop-up salon featuring trans-focused printed matter. [ READ MORE ]

October 02, 2015

federico solmi at postmasters

In his latest output, Federico Solmi scans hand-painted imagery and applies it to digital three-dimensional models of world leaders. He then imports each into a video-game platform and records their movements as if they were on a movie set. Titled “The Brotherhood” 2015, this series includes “video-paintings” of mostly infamous leaders with works that indict the viewer and society as much as the leaders themselves, as they flamboyantly posture like shallow celebrities.   more

For example, The Invader (Christopher Columbus – Italy) (all works 2015), in which the titular figure struts, laughs, and salutes in front of an abstract landscape of shifting colors, resembles a Hollywood screen test [ READ MORE ]

September 18, 2015

EXPO CHICAGO RETURNS, WITH BIG AMBITIONS, AND SOME EXHIBITOR TURNOVER

...Robyn Siegel, a Dallas–based art advisor, said that the smaller galleries at the fair reported slow sales on Thursday, but that many dealers presold half of their booths’ inventory as a safe bet for the weekend. Works that would sell quickly in New York, Siegel ventured, remained available—a rare opportunity to acquire pieces usually in high demand. Los Angeles dealer Luis De Jesus said that most of the pieces he brought were either sold or on hold by the end of the first day.   more

He is presenting work by Michigan–born Kate Bonner and Chicago–trained Josh Reames. “I don’t want to take any of this work home with me,” said De Jesus, with an optimistic shine that this would be the case... [ READ FULL ARTICLE ]

September 03, 2015

MIYOSHI BAROSH: Review: Rough and tumble rambunctiousness at The Pit Gallery

Right now, there are two kinds of art getting made: carefully researched pieces cooked up by schemers who have surveyed art’s pecking order and want a seat at the table, and far less logical works made by artists who would do what they do even if they were the last persons on Earth. That go-it-alone ethos and just-want-to-see-it spirit are the only features that unite the works in “When the Sun Hits,” a loose group of seven pieces by five artists at the Pit.
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August 19, 2015

summer break: august 16 - september 11, 2015

The Gallery is closed for summer break and will reopen on Saturday, September 12. During this time we will be open by appointment. Please email us if you need assistance. We look forward to seeing you again. 

August 12, 2015

"HA HA! BUSINESS!" GROUP SHOW TRIES TO MAKE SENSE OF THE HYPER CONNECTED DIGITIAL WORLD WITH HUMOR @ LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES

The art world is now a global business, of course, as is just about everything else. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Skype have become our new living room, our church, our megaphone—and, some would argue, our toilet, too. And, it seems everyone wants to sit on the throne and be heard. Life is now "all news, all the time" and humor is the unifying force that allows us to look in the mirror, if for no other reason than to get a quick reality check and, hopefully, a little truth.  [ READ MORE ]

July 31, 2015

zackary drucker featured: 'I Am A Camera' opens lens on LGBTQ lives

The timing for FotoFest's "I Am A Camera: LGBTQ Communities Seen From Within" couldn't be better. This rainbow-infused summer has seen same-sex couples celebrate their newly won right to marry anywhere in the U.S. and Caitlyn Jenner navigate her new transgender life on the reality show "I Am Cait." But the exhibition reminds us that such freedoms aren't universal.

Steven Evans, FotoFest's executive director, spent 18 months curating the show, which features more than 200 aesthetically masterful works.   more

He cast his net wide to include artists with global perspectives: Irina Popova is Russian. Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh, who are married, live in the U.K. and India. Anna Charlotte Schmid is German. Frédéric Nauczyciel divides his time between Baltimore and Paris. Lindsay Morris and Paul Mpagi Sepuya are from different areas of New York. The duo of Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst live in Los Angeles. [ READ MORE ]

July 27, 2015

review: HA HA! BUSINESS! at Luis De Jesus

Novelist Don DeLillo once quipped, “California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of lifestyle. This alone warrants their doom.” This concept is the curatorial mission behind HA HA! BUSINESS!, currently on view at Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles. HA HA! BUSINESS! reprimands what it sees as a jingoistic and self-centered lifestyle—a world filled with social-media fiends who are willing to cut down the next person, or the world around them, for their own gain. [ READ MORE ]

June 25, 2015

'Transparent' Is “Built With Trans People Participating”, Says Associate Producer Zackary Drucker

Before Transparent, says Zackary Drucker, the transgender community was reflected in cinema through stereotypes—victims or villains on cop procedurals, disturbed serial killers in the likes of Psycho and Silence of the Lambs. From the outset, Transparent creator Jill Soloway sought a different approach.   more

Notes Drucker: “Transparent has been built with trans people participating in the storytelling.”

Drucker and her partner, Rhys Ernst, have been advocating for the trans community as artists and filmmakers for years, producing work that examines both sides of transgender experience—Drucker has transitioned from male to female and Ernst from female to male. It was Ernst who first met Soloway at the Sundance Film Festival, when they both presented shorts in the same program. [ READ MORE ]

June 23, 2015

artnet Asks: Josh Reames on Instagram, Astrophysics, and Kanye West

Four large canvases and a six-pack of Heinnieweisse provide a modest setting inside the Bushwick studio of Dallas-raised, Brooklyn-based painter Josh Reames.

The buzzworthy artist has upcoming shows in Milan, London, Mexico, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His works consciously employ commonly used artistic techniques, such as trompe-l'oeil, action painting, graphic design, screenprinting, and rudimentary drawing, all existing on one plane. [ READ MORE ]