EXTRAORDINARY LIGHT

Artist Evan Gruzis wears his sunglasses at night

In his first solo exhibition, "Dark Systems," which opens tonight at Deitch Projects, New York–based artist Evan Gruzis has taken his signature use of shadow and light in his black-and-white ink paintings to new mind-blowing levels—literally (his must-see piece, Magic, features an exploding head with sunglasses on). Clearly a product of watching too much MTV in the '80s, Gruzis, who thinks of work on paper as "extremely flat sculptures," brings a textured complexity and photographic quality to each one of his subjects, whether it's a lone pair of shattered Wayfarers or ghostly figures that seem to rise right out of their frames.
Dec. 12-23, 6 p.m., 2008
 
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