Glenn Zucman

Glenn Zucman

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Welcome

Cintia Segovia & Glenn Zucman sitting on the lobby floor at Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, Saturday 27 May 2017. They are in-process on an automatic drawing.
Cintia Segovia & Glenn Zucman making an automatic drawing at Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles.

All art is Identity Art.

I try to have a lighter author’s hand to empower participants to express their own identity.

  • Every day at Donald Trump’s Star on Hollywood Blvd. people express aspects of their identity and ideology.
  • Visitors to “Love Beach” in RL & VR simultaneously depicting feelings about humankind.
  • Documentary projects presenting people and how they live in this world.

Thank you!

Incarnation

What does it mean to have a body? A human, corporeal, “fleshvatar” body? A robot body? An avatar body? A virtual body? Where is the locus of persona? Of identity? Can it exist in a body that is no longer living? In a counterfactual body that was never flesh?

Magazine Cover Reperformances

For the entire life of photography it has been both an index of the true, and a highly mediated experience. Ansel Adams called his darkroom manipulations "fixing god's mistakes". Magazine covers often express heteronormative Western values and impossible fantasy bodies. In this series I attempt to twist my not-so-flexible body into the shapes found on a range of magazine covers. I use Lightroom to dodge & burn and to adjust color & contrast. I do not use any Photoshop magic. See Project "Magazine Cover Reperformances"

Alexis F. Smith

Alexis F. Smith, aka "Banksy's Girlfriend." As Lois Lane could probably tell you, having a boyfriend with a secret identity isn't nearly so fun as people might think. See Project "Alexis F. Smith"

Another Monica

Melissa Lawson & Kara Revel afford a moment of simple friendship within a cloud of political manipulation and cultural values. See Project "Another Monica"

6000 Degrees

A monologue about individuality and uniqueness. Repeated by 87 different people. See Project "6000 Degrees"

Automatic Drawing

A psychologist or a priest. Sharing tea or tarot. We have constructed myriad ways to accomplish the challenging goal of telling ourselves what we already know. Sometimes you can help me gain access to non-conscious aspects of my mind. Tandem drawing. Social drawing. Answers from within.

Janus Drawing Portfolio

For "Pissed Off" at Tom of Finland Foundation, I made a series of automatic drawing diptychs with artists & guests at the event. For each drawing we meditated either on "Anger & Frustration" or "Joy & Human Fulfillment". See Project "Janus Drawing Portfolio"

Automatic Drawing

Collaboration with Lee Tuyet Le. Partner Drawing, or Tandem Drawing, made not with our conscious minds, but with other brain areas: the motor cortex, the basal ganglia. Drawings enabled by our mammalian brain. See Project "Automatic Drawing"

All Projects

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Magazine Cover Reperformances

For the entire life of photography it has been both an index of the true, and a highly mediated experience. Ansel Adams called his darkroom manipulations “fixing god’s mistakes”. Magazine covers often express heteronormative Western values and impossible fantasy bodies. In this series I attempt to twist my not-so-flexible body into the shapes found on a range of magazine covers. I use Lightroom to dodge & burn and to adjust color & contrast. I do not use any Photoshop magic.

Metro

A Street Photography journal. Urban Planning savant Jane Jacobs never really loved Los Angeles. Our legendary sprawl can make it hard to find a here here. But it also creates possibilities. The LA Metro is “behind” cities like Chicago or NYC, but those cities are physically tiny compared to the vastness that is Los Angeles. By car LA is a series of drop-ins. But it’s too vast to walk all of it. With a Metro Tap Card, a pair of Nike Air Max, and a 35mm f1.8 lens, I’m exploring as much of Los Angeles as I can.

Merlino Gallery

It’s small size and long, 2.35:1 (Cinemascope) aspect ratio make the Merlino Gallery unique among the 5 galleries at the Long Beach State University School of Art. Here I collect a few of the most delicious, and installation-oriented, of the 30 exhibitions/year featured at Merlino Gallery.

#52shadesOfTrump

Donald Trump’s Star on the Hollywood “Walk of Fame” is a touchstone. If you stand there for a few minutes you will see one person express deep contempt for our 45th president, and 21 seconds later another will express love. This signifier is as close as most people can get to expressing themselves to the 45th president. In a series of 52 weekly photography visits, I document the state of the star and whatever people happen to be doing there that day.

Letters 2 Sky.net

Collaboration with Ukrainian artist Irene Prokopets: What if the Terminator movies are actually documentaries? What if “Skynet” becomes sentient? How will it judge humankind? By all the hate speech online? In this project, Prokopets & I invite people to make short video Letters to Skynet explaining to our future AI overlords why humankind is a thing of value & beauty worth saving.

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