Opening: Nick Kushner’s Les Crimes De L’Amour @ Studio Servitu Downtown Los Angeles

Yeah so these are painted from Nick Kushner’s own blood. Also Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson fame will be DJing. (Not sure if Chris Vrenna of Nine Inch Nails fame and the excellent Tweaker is still going to be there.)

“New York based artist Nick Kushner will be hanged at Studio Servitú in Los Angeles. ‘Les Crimes De L’Amour’ marks Kushner’s first solo exhibition displaying his signature works which speak of disillusionment & pain through the themes of love, death, and abuse – but of the ultimate catharsis that can be attained through the artistic distillation of the emotions evoked by these, most notably by the medium he uses to create them – his own blood.

Kushner likens his work to “Art as modern-day alchemy by the literal and complete immersion within it, unleashing the schism of transformation and inflicting the vision of the innermost catharsis upon the world through its creation. Works meticulously detailed in esoteric imagery, and painted in blood, the most personal and symbolic medium intrinsically possible”, tapping into the darker recesses of the human psyche with surreal imagery that is driven not only by his knowledge of the occult, but by life experience as well.

He will be premiering new works as well as a retrospective compendium of his catalogue at Servitú which will be augmented by a full aural presentation of image projections, a set by Marilyn Manson guitarist/songwriter DJ Twiggy Ramirez, sanguine stained walls, star studded performances, appearances and presenters. A live blood signing will be held for those who acquire prints exclusively available for the evening.”