John Michael Rusnak's extraordinarily original and suggestive photo art murals entitled DUPLICITOUS ICONS will be on exhibit at the CATMChelsea Gallery 500 West 22 St. from March 3 to April 3. They fuse the two arts of photography and painting and viewed either individually or in their entirety the prints of this series makes us rethink elements of spirituality, sexuality, religion and the broader aspects of contemporary experience.They constitute a search for meaning beneath the surface of the dualities and ambiguities of life. They are stimulating cathartic iconographic abstractions whose "iconic" portals allow us to enter the abstract images of the prints whose deep-seated alternative introspections reinscribe apects of identity and the persistence of personal spirituality. The prints' attention to the scarf traditionally draped over the Christ figure, which becasue of the absence of a bulge in the genital area suggests a sexual ambituity, an androgynous, or even a female transvestite Christ figure. This not to be missed exhhibit presents the artistic creations of a mature, extremely talented artist with an uncommon textural and sculptural vision.
Dr. Ivan A. Schulman