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SHE GONE ROGUE

Still courtesy of the artists and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. © Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst.

SHE GONE ROGUE

Artist: Zackary Drucker (Born in Syracuse, New York, 1983)
Artist: Rhys Ernst (Born in Pomona, CA, 1982)
Culture: American
Date: 2012
Medium: Video (color, sound)
Dimensions:
23:00 minute loop
State: 2
Edition: 5
Classification: Video
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Label Text:SHE GONE ROGUE, the first large-scale collaboration between transgender artists Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, presents a disjointed and poetic journey of identity formation. The protagonist, Darling, (played by Drucker) searches for meaning following a break-up, and is sent on a quest to deliver a sacred icon to a higher power. The people Darling encounters along the way are her real-life mentors and family, including gender nonconforming and transfeminine cultural legends Holly Woodlawn (Auntie Holly), Vaginal Davis (The Whoracle of Delphi), and Jack Doroshow (Mother Superior Flawless Sabrina), as well as Drucker’s own parents. Citing Pier Pasolini’s Teorema (1968) and Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) as cinematic inspirations, Drucker and Ernst employ techniques of avant-garde experimental film to explore the terrain of Darling’s subconscious and blur the line between reality and imagination. The video’s numerous symbols, dreamy sequences, and eerie landscapes create an otherworldly atmosphere that transcends traditional notions of place and time. Darling’s investigation of the self, with the aid of various characters, is both a magical voyage of personal discovery and an homage to the transgender peers who came before her.
Provenance: Gallery acquired work directly from the artist. (Luis De Jesus Los Angeles)
Object number: 2014.9.1
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