The Dark Side” from 2017
It was created fir the group show "ICONIC- tribute to the black panthers" at Gregorio Escalante gallery (one of my favorite galleries
***I was asked to write a short statment about this one so here it is:
The painting “The Dark Side" started as a new point of view of looking at the “War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness.” This myth was taken from the "Dead Sea Scrolls" (manuscripts of works included in the Hebrew Bible) that describe an apocalyptic vision of a future war that will lead to the End of the World. In the past it was interpreted by the outdated shallow worldview that the people of the world are divided into "good" and “evil” (which was used in most pro-war propaganda and still is in many ways). My first initial idea was to interpret the “The Sons of Light vs The Sons of Darkness" into “Man vs Woman,” and pretty quickly slid into “White Man vs Black Woman.” Thanks to the the famous John Lennon (and Yoko Ono) song that started playing on an old playlist shuffle in the background: “Woman is the Nigger of the World.” I painted it mostly from imagination, but the face of the woman belongs to Deborah Ann Dyer (known as “Skin,” the Skunk Anansie vocalist) who is one of my favorite music idols. The man doesn’t have a face, but he is wearing a Demon Kabuki mask (and Tr!$*s haircut.