Marcel Dzama | Reviews

Marcel Dzama by Brut Sauvage
Works on paper and wood
October 4 - 27

Marcel Dzama is one very twisted individual. In his exhibition this October at Greg Kucera Gallery, Dzama presents a cast of characters so daring, so lurid, so frightening that the weak of heart or meek of mind should be discouraged to view them without a parental escort.

While there is nothing precisely gay about Marcel Dzama's work, there is something queer about each one of them. A small boy humps a smiling tree. Amputees gamble with dice. Cowboys shoot at clouds or bats or each other with almost random interest. Convicts wear deer antlers. Naked men or women are tied down to gurneys for nefarious purposes. Moms and Dads are werewolves or whores.

And then there's the sweet and touching side of his vision that requires a second peek. Lovers find love despite unlikely differences. Parent's are proud of their offspring despite humorous impossibilities.

Using watercolors and inks and root beer - his secret ingredient - Dzama draws delicately shaded, finely realized figures in all sorts of trouble. His works on paper are small in scale but impressive in their range of subjects and in the finesse of the draftsmanship. This is surrealism that treads the line between humor and tragedy, and teeters between normalcy and perversion.

Marcel Dzama is a young Canadian artist born in 1975. Since 1996, he has had three shows with Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles. He recently had his second exhibition in New York at David Zwirner Gallery. Dzama's work has also been exhibited internationally, most recently in Venice, Dusseldorf and Geneva.