Spinello Projects is pleased to present Sistema – Franky Cruz second solo exhibition. In a suite of new works, blue velvet serves as the medium for poetic interventions. Performances by snails and slugs are documented, creating viscous lines that swerve and curve, leaving organic and iridescent mucus trails upon their surfaces. Cruz recontextualizes these natural processes into a controlled environment, turning these creatures into painters of the highest expression. Velvet absorbs and mucus reflects – sensuous and seductive.
Cruz also forms a series of pupation transfers, where he directs caterpillar chrysalis formations onto floral textiles, harvested from discarded furniture. These once domestic objects now become canvases for transformation, almost mimicking the natural environment in which these creatures came from. Chrysalises, where butterflies once existed, now remain vacant.
The organic collaborates with the inorganic, creating frozen moments in time. Viscous trails and ornate empty shells, all valueless natural residues, now become invaluable artifacts.
Franky Cruz was born in the Dominican Republic in 1984. He received his BFA from the New World School of the Arts, Miami in 2011. Cruz was Artist in Residence in the Everglades (AIRE) in 2015 and artist-in-residence at the HomeBase Project in Berlin in 2012. His work has been featured in group exhibitions in Miami including: This Is Happening, Emerson Dorsch Gallery (2014), His WIFE & Her LOVER at Primary Projects (2011), Post: the 2011 New World School of the Arts BFA Candidates exhibition at the Cisneros-Fontanals Foundation (CIFO), and Littlest Sister Art Fair at Spinello Projects (2010). In 2013, Cruz presented a solo project The World Is Yours at Spinello Projects. His writings have been included in publications such as The Miami Rail. For 2016, Cruz was selected for the AIRE Billboard Project. Cruz lives and works in Miami, FL.
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