ZACKARY DRUCKER AND RHYS ERNST, SHE GONE ROGUE, 2012
22 MINUTES long
PREMIERED AT MADE IN LA, 2012 HAMMER BIENNIAL
Infusing elements of photography, video, text and performance, my work is rooted in cultivating and investigating under-recognized aspects of transgender history, locating myself in the history, and communicating my contemporary experience of gender and sexuality. Drawing from feminist and queer theoretical discourse, I address sexual exploitation, transgender representation, drag performance and explore relationships that facilitate queer/countercultural lineage. With self-awareness and agency, my work reinvents and redistributes relationships of spectacle-spectator, domesticated-exoticized, dominator-subjugated. My performances incriminate the viewer, aiming to challenge conventions of entertainment and drag performance, as well as existing art historical representations of queer people.
I engage and reactivate historical queer vernacular, a coded language of resistance that is often times illegible and cryptic to an unfamiliarized audience. Locating myself both behind and in front of the lens, I inhabit the palatable, and often vacated aesthetic sensibility of drag, replacing the formulaic lip-synching routine with subversive language; I seek to destabilize both the drag-puppet and the voyeur, in an effort to humanize these reductive representations and simultaneously challenge their modes of misinterpretation.
My work provides a place to construct myself. I revisit erased histories, perform and inhabit multiple roles and narratives, and document moments of, and in between, gender scripting a narrative that is inherently self-reflexive as it is constructed, deconstructed and experienced.
PRESS (PDF files)
Zackary Drucker & Amos Mac, Huffington Post, 2011 The Queens' Vernacular: Zackary Drucker Reads Gender, Art in America, April 30, 2009 The Art of Romance, Bullet, Fall 2012 Dossier Resonate Obliterate Zackary Drucker, Interview Zackary Drucker, Amos Mac at Luis De Jesus, LA Times, December 22, 2011 Zackary Drucker, Landscape Stories, March 7, 2012 Hot List 2012: Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst, Out, May 18, 2012 Zackary Drucker, Performance Art World, June 3, 2010
2007 MFA, Photography and Media, Califo