Russell Nachman (American, 1966) use of allegory serves his critical, and sometimes harsh, look at his roots as well as our culture at large. Known for his watercolors of discarded Utopian dreams Russell's work now enters a new chapter in his expanding narrative, depicting figures that can be seen as one step farther down the road of disillusionment. Nachman uses the trappings of Black Metal culture to portray a harlequin for our time. The Black Metal tradition is one of contradictions, steeped in rebellion and hedonism, yet seeking absurdly antiquated notions of purity and truth. Nachman's modern day jesters, seen as buffoons of Black Metal, become unwitting relaters of an unspoken truth -- the folly behind all our masks.
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