September 05, 2016
FEDERICO SOLMI | Luis De Jesus Gallery
Federico Solmi’s “The Brotherhood” offers a dystopian nightmare-scape where the cult of celebrity overwhelms one’s every sense. The pseudo-cliché of the beautiful versus the profane collides in the meticulously painted frames of “smart” TVs projecting Solmi’s drawings and paintings, as rendered into 3D animation loops portraying some of the most notable times of history. The exhibit is overwhelming and would definitely terrify any suburban mom. [ READ MORE ]
July 16, 2016
See Your Favorite World Leaders Host an Exuberant Dinner Party
Pope Benedict XVI is hosting a lavish dinner party and—as long as you are another world leader—you’re invited! This is the premise of The Ballroom, one of many video installations by artist Federico Solmi on display at Los Angeles gallery Luis De Jesus. more
July 07, 2016
Federico Solmi at Luis De Jesus Gallery; Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is excited by this artists hand drawn animations.
Incredulity, curiosity, delight, all are emotions that flooded in as I watched animated videos of The Brotherhood by Federico Solmi at Luis De Jesus Gallery. The Brotherhood, according to the artist, consists of the powerbrokers of world history. They are gathered here to celebrate their victories without a moment of regret: Napoleon Bonaparte, Genghis Khan, Christopher Columbus, Benito Mussolini, Sitting Bull, Marie Antoinette, Idi Amin, Montezuma and more. more
June 28, 2016
FEDERICO SOLM: The Brotherhood
Federico Solmi’s character-based, narrative animations are over the top, dense and impossible to step away from. His animations begin as paintings on paper, a methodology that insures a handmade feel. The paintings are then scanned and composited via 3D modeling software and video game engines. Each animation in “The Brotherhood” is a critique of power using historical and mythical figures from the past including, for example, Pope Benedict XVI, Julius Caesar, George Washington and Genghis Kahn. more
June 21, 2016
review: The media age run amok in 'Federico Solmi: The Brotherhood' at Luis De Jesus Gallery
Imagine animating the surging throngs in James Ensor’s monumental 1888 masterpiece, “Christ’s Entry Into Brussels in 1889,” with its grotesque painted caricatures of mobs populating church and state and engulfed in an alarming aura of surging madness. You’ll have some idea of what Federico Solmi’s “The Brotherhood” is like. [ READ MORE ]
June 21, 2016
ken gonzales-day and zackary drucker featured: "Freedom of the Night: 11 Reflections on Orlando"
Following the attack on the Pulse club, artists and writers consider the nightclub as a symbolic space in queer culture. [ READ MORE ]
June 21, 2016
zackary drucker and rhys ernst featured: "Striking Photos of a Couple in Gender Transition"
Between 2008 and 2014, Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker were both transitioning genders — Ernst from female to male, and Drucker from male to female. They were also a couple. For six years, the two photographed themselves and each other, documenting both the course of their relationship and the joys and trials of the transitioning process. The 2014 Whitney Biennial featured 46 of their photographs, in addition to a collaborative film called She Gone Rogue and a performance piece by Flawless Sabrina, an iconic drag performer. [ READ MORE ]
June 21, 2016
Review The media age run amok in 'Federico Solmi: The Brotherhood' at Luis De Jesus Gallery
Imagine animating the surging throngs in James Ensor’s monumental 1888 masterpiece, “Christ’s Entry Into Brussels in 1889,” with its grotesque painted caricatures of mobs populating church and state and engulfed in an alarming aura of surging madness. You’ll have some idea of what Federico Solmi’s “The Brotherhood” is like.
At Luis De Jesus Gallery, eight LED monitors and a room-size installation for a suite of five more monitors transform paintings into disturbing video-pageants. more
June 13, 2016
zackary drucker & rhys ernst: "Witnessing Love Between Two Transgender People"
Artists Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst privately photographed their six-year-long relationship, during which both of them transitioned in opposite directions.
Last Thursday evening the rare books room on the third floor of the Strand bookstore in Union Square was filled by transgender people and their loved ones. Two young artists had come together to talk about their new book with a curator named Stuart Comer and one of history's most important gender scholars: the artists' transgender "auntie," Kate Bornstein. more
May 17, 2016
MISTAKEN BINDING: MARGIE LIVINGSTON’S HOLDING IT TOGETHER
Skin—dragged and torn, wrapped and layered, weeping and fossilized—resonates from Margie Livingston’s latest exhibition, Holding it Together. On view at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Livingston’s exhibition offers nine pieces that contemplate structure and form as an enduring plexus. Acrylic and leather are employed as canvases, which become the base by which Livingston plays with and blurs sculpture, painting, and dimensions. more