This past Saturday, July 10th, two amazing shows opened at the Last Rites Gallery in New York. First a solo show of new works by Jason D’Aquino, and then a drawing group show called “Lead Poisoning”. Just a few of the artists that participated in the group show are: Esao Andrews, Carrie Anne Baade, Glenn Barr, Dave MacDowell, Scott G Brooks, Daniel Martin Diaz, Ron English, Chris Mars, Chet Zar, David Stoupakis, Eric White, Tara McPherson, and many more.
Jason D’Aquino’s show was a perfect blend of his smaller matchbook pieces, and some larger works done on various types of antiqued paper. There is also two prints available: “Plague” which is 8″ x 18″ limited to 50, and “Antique Flash Poster” at 18″ x 24″ for $40. Jason has such an amazing style. The way he draws, his characters, and the found paper that he uses really helps to create a unique and nostalgic feel. I especially like the piece “Don Post (Masks)” (shown), it reminds me of being a kid and wanting to collect every mask Don Post ever created.
The group show “Lead Poisoning” is a great addition of works to be shown alongside Jason D’Aquino’s. It’s always exciting to see artists use graphite, colored pencils, and more minimal means of creating art. It’s rare that we get to see drawings by Chris Mars and Dave MacDowell. Chet Zar has another great drawing, much like the ones he releases on eBay from time to tim. Drawings by Glenn Barr are always a blast to look at, and the piece by Fred Harper is not only expertly executed, but also deals with the oil spill issue affecting the gulf coast.
Check out the preview images, and then look at the full show here: Last Rites Gallery