Thereturnofthedirtyboys/girls explores the timeless and timely intersections of queer identity, the gaze, and navigation of space as a genderfluid person of color.
Drawing influence from Gilles Deleuze’s ‘Corps sans organes’ (The Body Without Organs) and the later works of Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetry, Cruz explores the nuances of gender queerness, race, and public and private space. Part of Deleuze’s Corps Sans Organes, explores the physical, emotional, and metaphorical disjunction between the body, society, and structures, ideas which Cruz has recontextualized in his work. Cruz infers similar concepts from Garcia Lorca’s work, which was concerned with voyeurism of the body, and constructing binary identities that exist behind the closet door and within the public space.
itsnotthatseriousitsjustoneofyourlittleprincesses, 2016. oil and enamel on wood panel. 48 x 48 inches
soletthemeatasylumpink, 2016 oil and enamel on wood panel. 72 x 96 x 10 inches.
bybeingcarefulofthecompanyyoukeep, 2016. oil and enamel on wood panel. 48 x 48 inches
notsoprettyintheface,buthedoesitgood, 2018 OIl and enamel on wood. 60 x 48 inches.
thoseboysdonteverplaynice, 2018 OIl and enamel on wood. 60 x 48 inches.
roundthemountain,allthebrownchildren, 2016 OIl and enamel on wood. 36 x 48 inches.