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
May 06, 2016
KATE BONNER: The other side is this side / April 23 - May 28, 2016
Kate Bonner has often turned to poetic analogies to describe her work and point toward an understanding of her vision, including statements such as:
“Time is slipping. A moment ago this image stood alone. Now it catches against that other one. It flips upside down. The pixels snag, are turned into paint.” And, “There is frost on the window; with my finger I trace a wavering, circling line. The window is a frame. The frost is a screen. My finger is a pen...” [ READ MORE ]
May 01, 2016
Artist Profile: kate bonner
Artist Kate Bonner is drawn to distance, to expressing herself in works that create layers of separation between the viewer and the images and objects she employs, “maybe it’s something personal… from having moved around so much,” she muses. Choosing to obscure the content, she combines fragments of photographs or paintings, meticulously-crafted wooden supports and deconstructed frames in formal and elegant compositions. These works entice the viewer, attracting one’s gaze, yet ultimately withholding entry. [ READ MORE ]
May 01, 2016
ken gonzales-day: guest lecture
Ken Gonzales-Day is featured with a full-page illustration and index of his magnificent new photographic mural "39 Object Objects Arranged by Color", 2016, which was recently presented in the exhibition 'SKIN' at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. [ READ MORE ]
April 27, 2016
INTERVIEW WITH KATE BONNER
Why did you decide to integrate 3D space into your photography?
It might be the other way around—that I was interested in integrating photography into 3D space. Even when I work with flat planes mounted on a wall, I’m thinking about space. I’m thinking about the allegory of space, the language of including and excluding, of interior space and exterior space. more
April 25, 2016
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst's "RELATIONSHIP" series sparks backlash at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Portland, OR.
New JSMA exhibit covered by black curtains after being displayed for two days.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst’s art exhibit, “Relationship”, was on display for two days before museum officials at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art dawned black curtains covering both entry points to the exhibit located in the gallery room. more
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April 25, 2016
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: MARGIE LIVINGSTON
Seattle-based multi-media artist Margie Livingston explores age and destruction in her new solo exhibition at Culver City’s Luis De Jesus Gallery.
Merging the body with acrylic sculpture and action paintings, Margie Livingston takes the viewer through the painful process of entropy and dysfunction. Her collapsed grids made of poured paint skins over three-dimensional string sculptures ache with frailty and disuse. [ READ MORE ]
April 12, 2016
Why Is Margie Livingston Dragging Her Painting Behind Her?
The Seattle painter Margie Livingston has a show coming up at Luis De Jesus Gallery in LA called Holding it together, in which she deploys her dry sense of humor. She harnessed stretched canvases to herself using a contraption she sewed based on bodybuilder harnesses. Then she set out on the streets. (Did you see her? Did you think you might be dreaming?) [ READ MORE ]
April 08, 2016
brandon andrew: On Beauty and Repulsion: Whiteness, Art, and Inviting Discomfort
Brandon Andrew is an artist. He is white, he is queer, and he excels at making people uncomfortable. Maybe this is why I fell so deeply in love with him when I met him. more
I was in Los Angeles earlier this month at the opening of his new show.
Standing in the glow of a stunning neon and stucco piece, I was drawn to the light, to the glow –attracted on an almost pheromonal level.
I spent the rest of the night walking around the gallery, but kept returning to stand in the halo of warm light coming off this one piece.
It felt good. It was beautiful. [ READ MORE ]