The Middler
423 Stanhope Street Apartment 3r
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All works © Artist unless otherwise noted.

Sleeping in the Park
oil pastel and acrylic on canvas
12 x 8 in. (30 x 23 cm)

Production still from Please Let's Rock This World Together Amigo
CGI, drawing, black and white animation

369 W.
inkjet, acrylic, and oil pastel on canvas
12 x 8 in. (30 x 23 cm)

Maquette for Nebu
production maquette
digital file, dimensions variable


Ghost 2 Phantom Star 1

La Mano Peluda

Imagine lying in bed and feeling a big furry paw grabbing at your feet... La Mano Peluda (or "The Hairy Hand") is said to belong to a man who was killed during the inquisition, then chopped up and buried in an old Native Indian cemetery. His hand is said to have come back to life to seek revenge on his enemies while they slept. My advice: wear socks at night!!!!!!

In G2P1, Nebu is seen as a possessed split-mobb...We later find out that Nebu carries an old Mexican folklore spirit: La Mano Peluda. Grandparents across Latin America have been scaring kids (and adults) for years with accounts of monsters, creatures, and ghosts with names and back stories so real you believe them...

– Rafael Delacruz

“Ghost 2 Phantom Star 1” is Rafael Delacruz’s first solo show and the final exhibition in the first phase of The Middler, a temporary gallery space inaugurated in an apartment in Brooklyn, New York. “Ghost 2 Phantom Star 1” unites Delacruz’s sculpture, video and painting practice in an elastic narrative drawn from ‘fanfiction’, Mexican folklore, and the comedy of rudimentary experience.

Delacruz (b. 1989, San Francisco) is a New York-based artist whose exhibition at The Middler follows two two-person shows (with artist Quintessa Matranga) in 2016 at Kimberly Klark in New York and Et Al in San Francisco. Delacruz holds a BFA in Film Theory from San Francisco State University.