LA Art Show: Jana Cruder: The Way Of the Modern Man

Artist Jana Cruder along with the Do Art Foundation present “The Way of The Modern Man” - a public installation at the Los Angeles Art Show Jan 27-31, 2016 BOOTH #145

**CALL FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: This piece thrives on audience involvement and is made possible by volunteers. Come bare it all (or maybe just a little) in this one of a kind opportunity to work with a wonderful artist and make history at the Los Angeles Art Show *Nudity/partial nudity involved, see below.
* In this isolation/observation booth portraiture process, each participant spends about 30 minutes in a private session with the artist.

The subject is alone in a confined, featureless space, furnished only with a single chair, and permitted to enter only with his or her mobile device. Communication between the subject and the artist takes place exclusively via text message, with Cruder outside the enclosure, not visible or audible to the subject. Conversations are captured in multiple layers – text message, still image, and video. Clothes are all or mostly removed, allowing for better study of postural changes.


The Way Of The Modern Man is a sociological and anthropological study assessing the latter side of the bell curve in man’s physiological evolution. On this side one can observe the emotional and physiological changes that are occurring in conjunction with the advent of the smartphone. With spines bending toward the will of these devices, our inherent social inclination has engendered an addiction to a truncated, facile mode of communication favored in the forms of text, image and emoji. Is this man employing the smartphone to either engage with a more interconnected community of individuals who are empowered to bear their souls, or possibly as a means of feeding an insatiable thirst for likes, comments and shares?

Please join us at the Los Angeles Art Show and take part in this striking and interactive installation by Jana Cruder


Jana Cruder is a LA based fine artist exploring themes of sexuality, gender roles, media constructs, and human relationships with the environment and technology. Raised in western PA and educated at Rochester Institute of Technology, Jana is a skilled and well- rounded artist with years of industry experience. She utilizes the mediums of photography, film, experiences and sculpture to craft and communicate messages across multiple channels. When not in the studio or on-location, Jana travels in search one-of-a-kind life experiences that give back and support the greater good. Jana is proud to premier this installation of her performance art piece “The Way of the Modern Man” and thanks Do Art for their contribution in making this publicly possible.


Do Art is a non-profit public art foundation focused on the creation, commissioning, and curating of artistic pieces and productions in the public realm. Recognizing art's undeniable power as a source of beauty, hope, inspiration, and invigoration, Do Art designs and develops projects that revitalize and dynamize both physical and social landscapes by creating convivial experiences, catalyzing cultural exchanges, connecting communities, and engaging the public's imagination. As a vehicle for cultural, social, and civic development, Do Art liaises between artists, community members, civic leaders, urban developers, local businesses, and public spaces to enhance, enliven, and enrich urban spaces throughout Southern California and beyond. Do Art serves the public, first and foremost, and aspires to improve and augment the overall quality of life of those individuals, communities, and neighborhoods it services through socially-engaging, culturally-attuned, and aesthetically-stimulating artistic manifestations.


The LA Art Show, the 200,000 square foot art fair that welcomed more than 50,000 art enthusiasts to the Los Angeles Convention Center this past year, will launch its newly curated art show experience at the upcoming 2016 event. Looking back on the 20 year history of the LA Art Show, one can’t help noticing how it has evolved, changing locations and growing in diversity to reflect the trajectory of the burgeoning Los Angeles art scene. For the 2016 show, we want to offer visitors and collectors a new hosted art experience which will entail a fair devoted to only Modern and Contemporary art. Located next door, the Los Angeles Fine Art Show will exhibit works of Historic and Traditional Contemporary Art. Founded in 1994, the LA Art show has grown from a small regional event featuring 14 galleries to become the largest and longest running platform for fine art, bringing in more than 120 galleries representing 22 countries.

Jana Cruder Studio
email: Cell: (310) 897-9212

Do Art Foundation
Carmen Zella
email: (310) 406-5055