Cruz's videos directly reference his Pinhead piercing escapade. Filmed in his Hialeah kitchen using a camera placed atop a turntable, they suggest the view one might see if spinning while suspended by a wire. Another short film is screened on a large monitor that dangles overhead, re-creating the idea of Cruz soaring from the rafters. A hoodie obfuscates his face as he bobs in and out of the camera shot under his studio's yellowing popcorn ceiling.

Not unlike the Icarus legend — an idea echoed in real life by his New World suspension — the Tony Montana reference alludes to hubris. The broken furniture and plants bursting through the gallery concrete are commentary on nature reclaiming what man builds.

Many of the concepts were the subject of meditation for Cruz on a recent visit with Emmanuel Fernandez, an artist and friend with whom he spent a month creating a dwelling in a Belize jungle.

Cruz's dilapidated chair shows how nature can corrode man's creations.
Photo by Peter Vahan
Cruz's dilapidated chair shows how nature can corrode man's creations.

Location Info


Spinello Projects

2930 NW 7th Ave.
Miami, FL 33127

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District


"The World Is Yours" Through August 10 at Spinello Projects, 786-271-4223,

"We spent time hand-building my house without electrical tools and visiting the Mayan pyramids in Lamanai... to talk about art that's out-of-the-box and exploring one's full potential," Fernandez says. "I'm really proud of Franky and the way he's evolving as an artist."

Overall, the hermetic exhibit marks a departure for a young artist who was trained as a painter but has moved on to employ diverse media and experiment with decidedly cerebral work.

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Stop exaggerating information so it can sound cool. I'm really tired of y'all bs. You did a article on this before. And we told we didn't want names being published. Especially pinhead. And y'all did it again.


This is false information about the suspension. Y'all people need to get your facts straight.