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Art December, 10 2008

Evan Gruzis “Dark Systems” At Deitch Projects

Open today and on view until December 23, 2008

Evan Gruzis is presenting his first New York solo exhibition of ink paintings at Deitch Projects 76 Grand Street gallery this December. Entitled Dark Systems, the exhibition explores the constructedness of the ‘real’ through a dramatic interpretation of actual and represented light.

In his twenty-one new works on paper, Gruzis explores the banal and the theatrical, driven by the dichotomy between the technique of watercolor and ink painting, and his own conceptual impulses. Empty graphic gestures and pop culture objects combine with traditional motifs such as the still life and trompe l’oeil to define a space that is both vapid and seductive. With the sardonic wit of Wayfarer-toting Brett Easton Ellis, and a slick technique of manipulating inks to keep you guessing, Gruzis’ works stick with you like a half-remembered name or intangible word. What you see is often only half there, or mockingly not there at all.

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