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LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES
VOLTA NY 2012
Booth V-13
 
ZACKARY DRUCKER : Gold Standard
 
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce our participation in VOLTA NY 2012 with a solo presentation of works by LA-based photographer, video and performance artist ZACKARY DRUCKER, titled Gold Standard.  The fifth edition of VOLTA NY will take place from Thursday, March 8 through Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 7 West 34th Street, 11th Floor, in Manhattan.  A VIP preview and Vernissage will be held on Thursday, March 8th.
 
 
Zackary Drucker, Don’t Look at Me Like That, in collaboration with Manuel Vason
 
Zackary Drucker
Don’t Look at Me Like That
in collaboration with Manuel Vason
Duratrans, lightbox, 94 x72 x 8 cm / 37 x 28 x 3 in, edition of 3.
 
 
Drawing from feminist and queer theoretical discourse, Zackary Drucker combines intensely personal narrative with historical investigations in works that address sexual exploitation, transgender representation, and drag performance, and explore relationships that facilitate queer/countercultural lineage.  A transgender artist whose work often celebrates and amplifies the viewer’s inability to affix easy norms and codes, Drucker is among the leading participants in a new generation that is employing performance as a space for creative revolt and self-expression.  Interested in “obliterating language obstacles, pulverizing identity disorders and revealing dark subconscious layers of outsider agency”, she disarms audiences using film, video, photography, text and live performance, and reinvents and redistributes traditionally-held binary formulas and power relationships between spectacle and voyeur, dominator and subjugated, and the domesticated and the exoticized.  This sense of duality has come to represent Drucker: her nuanced complex works, frequently produced in creative partnerships, explode normative roles of femininity while offering a direct, unapologetic confrontation between the audience and her body, gender, and voice.
 
 
Zackary Drucker, This is the Way I Want to Remember You, in collaboration with Manuel Vason
 
Zackary Drucker
This is the Way I Want to Remember You
in collaboration with Manuel Vason
Duratrans, lightbox, 94 x72 x 8 cm / 37 x 28 x 3 in, edition of 3.
 
 
At the center of the installation, inside a small room with a gold-lined interior, will be a presentation of Drucker’s seminal videos Lost Lake and You will never, ever be a woman. You must live the rest of your days entirely as a man, and you will only get more masculine with each passing year. There is no way out.  Drucker’s videos and performances feature a carefully edited and scripted historical queer vernacular known as “reading”, a powerful sub-cultural dialect of resistance that appropriates the demeaning and homophobic language of the “straight” world.  In what may sound cryptic, unintelligible or belligerent to an unfamiliar audience, the artist uses her own body and those of others in works that feature emotional rants, dispassionate narratives and autobiographical manifestos that construct, deconstruct, and celebrate self-representation.  A lost technique of verbal assaults known to a past generation of drag queens, the seemingly belligerent slurs in a “read” uncomfortably place the viewer at the edge of a forgotten and alienating language while simultaneously addressing the artist's cultural and political position as a self-identified woman.
 
 
Zackary Drucker, You will never, ever be a woman. You must live the rest of your days entirely as a man, and you will only get more masculine with each passing year. There is no way out, in collaboration with Van Barnes
 
Zackary Drucker
You will never, ever be a woman. You must live the rest of your days entirely as a man, and you will only get more masculine with each passing year. There is no way out
in collaboration with Van Barnes
DVD, color, 8:45, edition of 5.
 
 
In You will never, ever be a woman..., two trans women, apparent lovers, lounge in a sun-filled apartment while exchanging verbal barbs that oscillate from hateful to loving, blurring the distinction between lover and enemy.  To the casual observer the heightened exchange would simply register as a contentious fight, but Drucker succinctly utilizes the most devastating aspect of reading: the insult.  The contrast between the apparently abrasive language and the peaceful setting mirrors a strained solidarity between the women, a bond of sisterhood fraught with tension.  Like warrior/lovers in ancient Greece - couples united in battle against hostile forces - these women are, by sparring verbally, bracing themselves against the attacks historically encountered by those of transgender identities, and in so doing fortifying their own authentic sense of self.
 
 
Zackary Drucker, Lost Lake, in collaboration with A.L. Steiner, Van Barnes, and Rhys Ernst
 
Zackary Drucker
Lost Lake
in collaboration with A.L. Steiner, Van Barnes, and Rhys Ernst
DVD, color, sound, 8:00, edition of 5.
 
 
Filmed at the peak of autumn foliage in a rural Midwestern US locale, Lost Lake - produced in collaboration with A.L. Steiner, and winner of the Best New Visions award at the 2011 San Francisco International Film Festival - posits beauty and fear as inextricable from the psyche of the American landscape.  Featuring a transsexual, pervert-hunting vigilante, Lost Lake’s contemplative moments and stunning vistas are jarringly punctuated with the vocabularies of witch-hunts, hate crimes and psychological violence.  Accompanying the videos in the same space will be four light boxes from the series Don’t Look At Me Like That, a collaboration with London-based photographer Manual Vason, which employ a range of house-hold props and tableaus that strive toward the portrayal of bodily identity, infused with acute, masochistic emotional compulsions.
 
 
Zackary Drucker, Distance is where the heart is, home is where you hang your heart, in collaboration with Amos Mac, 2011
 
Zackary Drucker
Distance is where the heart is, home is where you hang your heart, #13
in collaboration with Amos Mac, 2011
archival digital pigment print, 91 x 137 cm / 36 x 54 in, edition of 3.
 
 
Also on view in the booth will be photographs from Distance is where the heart is, home is where you hang your heart.  Executed over a long, snowed-in weekend at Drucker's childhood home in Syracuse, New York, the images combine elements of personal history, performance documentation, and exhibitionism.  The resulting intervention is also an experiment in cross-identity representation; a dialogue between Drucker, a trans woman, and Amos Mac, a trans man, with whom she collaborated.  Distance... explores the relationship between spectacle and voyeur as uniquely removed from the trappings of representational asymmetry.  Veering between classically sleek fashion editorials to the sexed-up fetishism of Pierre Molinere, the site-specific body works of Ana Mendieta, and the transgressive body-as-target performances of Chris Burden, the photo essay imagines a stratagem where difference is grated into a fine dust settling over the ruins of normativity.  Devoid of traditional male-female power dynamics, Drucker and Mac’s mutual kinship as trans people results in a visual free-for-all that plays with sexuality, female subjection, power, wealth, vulnerability, victimization, family, comfort, safety, secrets - a perfect balance of voyeur and aesthete.
 
Zackary Drucker earned an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in venues including the 54th Venice Biennale (Swiss Off-Site Pavilion); Curtat Tunnel, Lausanne, Switzerland; L.u.c.c.a. Museum of Contemporary Art, Lucca, Italy; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Tromso Kunstaforening, Tromso, Norway; Horse Hospital, London, UK; REDCAT and LACE, both in Los Angeles; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; X Initiative, New York, NY; Les Recontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin/Madrid; Gender Bender Festival, Bologna, Italy; and Mix Fest, New York, among others.  Drucker is the recipient of a 2009 California Community Foundation (CCF) Emerging Artist Fellowship, funded by the Getty Trust; a 2009 Art Matters Foundation Grant; and a 2009 Franklin Furnace Fund Grant.  She is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.
 
The Gallery wishes to gratefully acknowledge the following sources that were referenced in this announcement: Christopher Bollen, Interview Magazine; Danny Jauregui, Art in America; Michelle Tea, The Huffington Post; Irene Tsatsos and the California Community Foundation.
 
 
For further information on Zackary Drucker and her works, please contact the Gallery at +1 310-838-6000, or email: gallery@luisdejesus.com
 
For information on VOLTA NY 2012, please check out voltashow.com.
 
 
VOLTA NY:
 
Previews:
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Guest of Honor: 11 am - 2 pm (with VOLTA NY Preview Invitation)
VIP / Press: 12 - 2 pm (with VOLTA NY or The Armory Show VIP Card)
 
General Opening:
Thursday, March 8, 2012, 2 - 7 pm
 
Public Hours:
Friday, March 9 – Sunday, March 11, 2011
11 am - 7 pm
 
 
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