Self Portrait Collaborative installation with Rafael de Cardenas, inpired by the "Imagination" sequence in Flashdance Alone Again, 2010 ZEN (painted in International Klein Blue) Geishas of Key West Harakolada (as Laurie Anderson asked, "Que es mas macho, pineapple o knife?") Stratatos, centerpiece of the show Untitled (No. 3 color version), 2011 Illustration from Kurt Vonnegut's, Breakfast of Champions Kembra, the sexiest lady around Outside Evan and Dave Kathy and Fabiola Eric Leiser and Taylor McKimens Joe (far left) Jack and Faina Brendan Jorge, Maripol, Gaspard and Edwige

Exotic Beta: Evan Gruzis at The Hole

BY Alexandre Stipanovich | Wed. December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM | culture club
Evan is back into the future. His new show at The Hole collects the visions from his latest imaginary travels and proposes a new take on exoticism and language. Kathy Grayson defines his new show as exotic like a tattoo of a Japanese character, but who's meaning is unknown to the bearer. His collaborative sculpture with Rafael de Cardenas, for instance, refers to the "Imagination" scene in Flashdance but uses props to reference what Evan calls "New-Wave Faux-Ortientalism." These create a mysterious fantasy around the stripper in it, as she becomes distant in every way – spatially, temporally and culturally. Exoticism to the max!

Sexy dancing is also present in the video "Dancing Into Forever," which is displayed in The Hole's "castle gallery." In it, a clock flashes as raindrops fall on a window pane darkened by the night. From time to time, a reflection of a stripper’s shadow emerges and fades out, turning the spectator into a nervous voyeur. And yet he remains in front of the piece to contemplate her even though she barely appears. Perhaps exoticism is more of a state of mind in which one remains entranced by something that's mysterious and suggested, but also out of reach.