In continuation of the 2018 focus to bring high-caliber art exhibitions to produce conversations within the Inglewood community and surrounding areas, Residency Art Gallery is extremely pleased to present the solo exhibition wegivesomuchandgivenothingatall, paintings for richard, by David Antonio Cruz. The solo exhibition will run from April 7th through June 2nd, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 7th from 6pm to 9pm.
David Antonio Cruz is an artist whose work often centers around the intersections of genderqueerness, race, and society. His multidisciplinary practice confronts the invisibility of the queer brown and black bodies through the use of portraiture and opera-like performances. wegivesomuchandgivenothingatall, paintings for richard, is a collection of portraits within that same oeuvre looks specifically at the trans community and the violence done unto the community. The exhibition pays homage to the memory of trans persons who were brutally murdered between 2017 and 2018. The series, which includes 28 paintings, mixed media collages, and drawings, not only seeks to lay bare the glaring systemic violence against the trans community; but also, strives to revive the individuality, beauty, and humanity of each slain victim. Cruz’s work navigates the tension between anonymous, but impactful statistical data and individual visibility.