Previous Exhibitions - Deborah Martin Gallery
TEMPORARY MASTERS and RUNAWAY DISASTERS
by JASON CRUZ / AMERIKAN BLACKHEART
September 10 â€“ October 3, 2009
Born in Los Angeles in 1974, AmerikanBlackheart is painter and musician Jason Alexander Cruz. Scrawled with apocalyptic odes and enchanting mod-pop iconography, his paintings evoke an ominous nocturnal tension: a clustered menace of Kalashnikov-slung Tuareg warriors, a hauntingly violet-tinted Twiggy, and the patent leather-wrapped talons of an impeccable trench-coated courtesan tidily folding away a bloody pocketbook full of crows.
Cruz's portraits emerge as a flirtatious, reckless army of the bar, the battlefield, and the urban alleyway. His female figures are fey, enchanting and ferocious within their glossy haute couture - his men ravaged, deranged, and disruptive. Yet within their insouciant violence run threads of sorrow, isolation, and grief.
Downtown Art Walk: Thursday September 10, 2009 12-9pm
Artist Reception 7-9pm
Live acoustic performance by the artist Jason Alexander Cruz / Amerikan Blackheart @ 8:30pm.
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