Quintessa Matranga and Rafael Delacruz made most of the work for “Dizzy World,” their collaborative show at Kimberly Klark in Ridgewood, Queens, just feet from their bedroom. “[The studio is] this downstairs living room that we share with the whole house, so they walk through it all the time,” Matranga said. The area is covered with the couple’s art, hung salon style. “When we moved in it was just like their garage—they were just putting boxes and suitcases over there,” Delacruz said. “We kind of spiritually took it over and everyone knows that’s our zone now.”
Quintessa Matranga and Rafael Delacruz, in their dual exhibition, “100% Stupid,” take on the impossible task of drawing out how one can wrest subjectivity and creativity in the force of unattainable perfection. Delacruz’s oil pastel drawings simulate the visual tide of the online art-sharing platform DeviantArt. As Jacob Ciocci, a founding member of Paper Rad, attests in the show’s press release, the website serves as a digital town square where amateurs might buoy an artist’s sense of “unique genius,” or pathetic lack thereof. Scooge 3 (all works 2015) suggests the latter, where we see a boyish character sliced in half to reveal oozing green guts. Are we all just slimy garbage behind the flimsy veneer of our artistic moves and aspirations? However, in another drawing, Garbage men are all magicians, seems to offer that the mind’s capacity to transcend reality, inspired or insipid, might undo the stronghold of self-doubt.