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Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst

Bio

Both beauty and the abject circulate in the work of Zackary Drucker (b. 1983 Syracuse, New York), whose practice deals explicitly with body politics. This concern is emphasized through her own compelling gestures and speech, which are mobilized in her live performances as well as in her film and video works. The seminarrative video project on view here was made in collaboration with the writer-director Rhys Ernst (b. 1982 Pomona), whose own works place queer and transgender characters in narrative situations. In She Gone Rogue, (2012) Drucker plays a wandering protagonist whose self-perception intermingles with fantasy. Vaginal Davis, Holly Woodlawn, and Mother Flawless Sabrina—legendary performers who have influenced Drucker—all appear, along with the artist’s family members, as Drucker’s character, “Darling,” pursues a heroine’s journey. The film riffs on the classical narrative of The Odyssey and offers strong hints of Alice in Wonderland, collapsing into Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon. The project furthers Drucker’s investment in a transgender imagination, which can be fraught with difficulty but which, at its best, can temporarily trump the rational order that attempts to put nonstandard people at the bottom.

Gallery

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst. She Gone Rogue, 2012. Made in L.A. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst. Still from SHE GONE ROGUE, 2012. HD video, color, sound, 23 minutes. Courtesy the artists.

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst. Still from SHE GONE ROGUE, 2012. HD video, color, sound, 23 minutes. Courtesy the artists.

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst. Still from SHE GONE ROGUE, 2012. HD video, color, sound, 23 minutes. Courtesy the artists.

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst. Still from SHE GONE ROGUE, 2012. HD video, color, sound, 23 minutes. Courtesy the artists.

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst

Zackary Drucker with Rhys Ernst. Still from SHE GONE ROGUE, 2012. HD video, color, sound, 23 minutes. Courtesy the artists.