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Theft of Light was inspired by our inherent need for family. Circumstantially denied this hopeful propensity, some brave all odds to seek a tribe. Yet, "all things permissible are not always expedient". Some tribes help us thrive, while others encourage us to revel indignantly towards self-destruction. Courage, sincerity, and hope inform the outcome. Dedicated to "Jun" Cruz (1951-2009).
Art Direction - Derrick Cruz, Photography - Nadav Benjamin, Stylist - Sarah McCormack, Assistant - Christine Samar
Concept, Art Direction, Accessory and Prop Design - Derrick Cruz; Producer - Chris Reed, Photographer - Joel W. Henderson, Stylist - Alison Isabell; Hair & Make Up - Claudia Lake; Assistants - Barbie Edmondson, Sanae Ueyoshi
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New York, NY – Munch Gallery is pleased to present Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, a group exhibition of new works by Derrick Cruz, Jeremy Dyer and Luke Kranker.
Titled after the 1979 manifesto calling for control of the masses through social engineering, the exhibition illustrates each artist’s preoccupation with the didactic as a counterbalance to the use of mythopoeia in commercial and political messaging. In contrast, their work takes shape as minimal plastic objects, stark black and white prints and droning audio all produced from a diversity of new and traditional media.
Cruz’s sculpture synthesizes physical media forms believed to be obsolete to indicate the impact of technological advances on individuation. Inspired by dystopian science fiction, personal physical challenges, and thinkers such as Joseph Campbell and Jaron Lanier, Cruz manipulates religious and humanist aesthetic constructs to produce “an altar for projection and one for self-reflection.”
Dyer’s printed works engage the pastoral landscape as a site of collision. Constructed from original and found photography, his black and white images of menacing fires and collapsing beasts strive to reconcile an anachronistic past with what he considers “the inevitable something that is coming."
Kranker’s sound collages are the byproduct of ten years of psychotropic experimentation and his study of controversial philosophers, such as Terence McKenna and Timothy Leary. Inspired by “the darker aspects of the psychedelic experience,” his long form textural audio compositions create a space where “thoughts flow freely... and self-deception can be observed with sharpened clarity.”
A New Hive is an effort to help save the indispensable honeybee. These images document an group art installation and event that took place in the Meatpacking District of New York City. Every work in the exhibition was the result of thorough collaboration with artists and New York beekeepers geared to reflect one alarming vision — a future without pollinators.
10% of all proceeds from A New Hive supported sustainable beekeeping practices and the up-keep of hives founded by The New York Beekeeping Meetup and The Brooklyn Bee. To get involved or to learn more about beekeeping visit http://www.nycbeekeeping.com/
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New York City Artist Collective OCCULTER Presents BLACK BEACH at White Box
White Box is pleased to kick-off its Beach Box Series with “Black Beach”, the first group exhibition by New York City artist collective OCCULTER.
Five OCCULTER artists will be featured in “Black Beach”: Nadav Benjamin; Jeremy Dyer; Derrick Cruz; Jonathan Goldstein; and Gabriel J. Shuldiner. Each artist will present large format works spanning the scope of digital constructions, mixed-media paintings, sculpture and site-specific installations. Smaller works will be presented as a “Consumables Shop” at the White Box-Universal Ltd. Editions Cafe.
In “Black Beach”, OCCULTER members introduce a collection of tenebrous works as a call to worship at the feet of new mythologies still in flux. As symbolists in expectation of an uncertain future, each artist attempts to interpret consciousness or the incorporeal, with history (aesthetic, religious, political or otherwise) as a tool, not a guide.
The installation as a whole evokes a self-reflective spirituality that longs for a community as it shuns it. Contrasting the contemplative allusions in the artwork, on opening and closing nights “Black Beach” will transition from a space of observation to one of participation, as a set of energetic musical performances curated by Todd Pendu of Pendu NYC fill White Box.