Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal

  • picks October 29, 2015

    Jake Cruzen

    Jake Cruzen’s oil paint is so thin it looks like watercolor. For his first solo exhibition, Cruzen smears, blots, and dabs the figure of the same woman into six paintings each titled Bridget Blonde followed by a number. In Bridget Blonde No.1 (all works 2015), the title character looks over her shoulder, her jacket threatening to fall. In No.3, Bridget crosses her arms and smirks, exposing a tit. In No.6, Bridget looks nowhere in particular, so we look at her tattoos. Around each picture, gesso fades from a pearlescent white to a filthy gray, hiding old shapes and lines—would-be thighs or sides.