The power of these images of the Crucifixion are greatly enhanced by its
subtle twists of the torso. The maturity of Malang’s cubist style was the
principal source of inspiration for these idiosyncratic Crucifixion images.
Although Malang reduces his sculpted images into basic planes and
shapes to bring out only the most elemental forms, he nevertheless
ably achieves realism within the context of a contemporary art idiom.
The Dead Christ successfully communicates the message of strength in
suffering, Christ’s head droops down, while not hiding the face, emoting
a feeling of defeat and loneliness. Pain and forbearance are interpreted
through the delineation of recess and complexities of cubist muscles and
sinews in the chiseled rib marks on a full chest vis-a-vis a stylistically
mangled abdomen, a lean groin accentuated by a simple cloth, ant
contracted thighs and legs., all showing a sporadically violent feeling