Opening this Saturday, March 3rd, is the 4th annual Dark Pop group exhibition at Last Rites Gallery. This year the show is curated by Gary Pressman and has a very impressive list of artists; Alexandra Pacula, Ana Bagayan, Annie Owens, Becca, Brian Despain, Cathie Bleck, Charles Wish, Chrystal Chan, Dark Vomit, Dave MacDowell, Eric Alos, Eric Richardson, Francesco De Molfetta, Isabel Samaras, Jennybird Alcantara, Joe Vaux, John Brophy, Mark Elliott, Mark Garro, Mascorro, Matt Dangler, Matthew Grabelsky, Niagara, TIN, Travis Lampe, Travis Louie, and Yoko d’Holbachie. This year has some amazing pieces in it, such as Black End by Joe Vaux, Enlightenment by Chrystal Chan (one of three she has in the show), and Witching Hour by John Brophy. If your in the area make sure to stop by for the reception from 7-11 PM. Otherwise take a look at the preview images and then head over to the site for more.
On February 11th, Last Rites Gallery in New York held the first part of the ArtFusion Charity event with a live painting day, and on Feb 25th will hold the gala and charity auction. ArtFusion bring together a over 15 talented, diverse, and well known artists to create collaborative works of art which will benefit The International Children’s Art Foundation (ICAF). Work by Ana Bagayan, Angie Mason, Annie Owens, Anthony Pontius, Billy Norrby, Brian Despain, Brian Murphy, Buddy Nestor, Chris Mars, David MacDowell, David Stoupakis, Dan Harding, Ewelina, Fred Harper, Genevive Zacconi, Jason D’Aquino, Jason Levesque, Jason Limon, Jennybird Alcantara, Mia Araujo, Michael Mararian, Paul Booth, Scott G Brooks, Vincent Castiglia, and many more can be seen during this event. The gallery sent out 15 canvas panels to be sketched on, which were then in turn painted by a group of selected artists to be collaboratively painted on.
If you head to the galleries homepage you will see the finished painting, as well as the drawing that was originally made. I love collaborative works, and this show has some outstanding examples of how great they can be. For example Dave MacDowell’s “Paul Booth” drawing painted by Scott G Brooks and Mark Elliot, as well as Chris Mars’ drawing painted by Paul Booth & David Stoupakis.
Check out the rest of the works: Last Rites x ArtFusion
As the end of the year draws near, galleries and print shops are releasing some amazing work. One such example is the new show opening at Last Rites Gallery this weekend, December 3rd. Scott G Brooks will unveil his new series of paintings The Luckiest Widow In The World & Other Tales Of Misfortune, and Fred Harper will unleash 5 new paintings and 3 drawings in a show entitled Head Spin. This is bound to be a great show, both artists are very skilled with oils, and Scott G Brooks has some very large paintings and many of them have sold already. Take a look at the preview images and then keep your eyes on the site.
Just a few days before Halloween, on October 28th, Last Rites Gallery in New York opened the 4th annual group show The 13th Hour. The gallery is known for consistently showing the best in dark and surreal art, and the 13th Hour is a show that focuses on dark surrealist works from a broad variety of artists. This year the list of participating artists included: Shawn Barber, Matthew Bone, Paul Booth, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Jason D’aquino, Tom Gabriel Fischer, HR Giger, Fred Harper, Naoto Hattori, Michael Hussar, Joka, Sarah Joncas, Aunia Kahn, Michael Mararian, Chris Mars, Annie Owens, Chris Peters, Anthony Pontius, Dan Quintana, David Stoupakis, and many more.
Aside from the outstanding dark art shows the gallery opens month after month, I love the shows that feature dark works of art from artists that rarely contribute to these types of shows, and art from those you might not have expected, such as Self Deceased XXXII by Tom Gabriel Fisher — otherwise known as Tom Warrior of Celtic Frost fame and most recently Triptykon. Eli Livingston also created a sculpture, one that seems to be able to light up from the inside. leslie Ditto also created some prints from her painting Witching Hour, that might still be available from her Facebook page. If your in the area make sure to stop by and see these works in person, you have until November 27th. Otherwise the show is now online to view.
Chris Mars has updated his website with some new artwork, as well as news of upcoming shows and events. After checking out the new work, the next thing you need to do is go to the film/documentary section. There are two videos here showing time-lapse videos of Chris painting. It gives a great insight into how he works; such as the idea that it looks as though he is painting whatever comes to his head with no under-painting or drawing to speak of. I love how effortless the painting process looks in these videos, when the work itself is so intense. It just goes to show how talented he really is. Int he coming months Chris will have some art in some museums, such as Halle St. Pierre Sept 12, 2011 – March 4, 2012, Mesa Contemporary Arts Sept 9 – Sept 30, 2011, and again at Mesa from Sept 9th to Dec 4th, and finally the Museum of Fine Arts in Florida for a show entitled “Cute & Creepy” curated by Carrie Anne Baade opening October 7th. Along with the museum show, you can see some of Chris’ work at galleries such as Cave Gallery, Varnish Fine Art, and Last Rites Gallery. This information is all found on Chris’ homepage.
Opening this Saturday, September 3rd is the latest solo show from Brian Viveros opening at the Last Rites Gallery in New York. Entitled “Returning Art to the Unclean”, this new show will feature 12 new paintings, 4 drawings, and 6 hard to find prints that are long sold out. The reception starts at 7 PM and runs until 11 PM, and knowing Last Rites it’s going to be a party with live painting and everything. The show runs until September 25th, so if your in the area, make sure to stop by otherwise check out the full show online after these preview images.
Opening this Friday, July 22nd, at the Last Rites Gallery in New York is the latest solo show from Chet Zar. Entitled “Faces of Death”, this is Chet’s second solo exhibition at the gallery following last years “Endarkenment”. This new show will feature 16, 11″ x 14″ portraits, each one with a custom made frame. This show will also mark the remodeling of Last Rites, and along with Chet’s solo show, Craig La Rotonda will open his latest solo show, and there will be live painting with Genevive Zacconi, Shawn Barber, Kim Saigh, Chet Zar, Angie Mason, Fred Harper, Billy Norrby, Matt Rota, Paul Booth, & Martin Wittfooth. Sounds like it is going to be on amazing night, as if seeing the stunning new portrait work from Chet wasn’t enough. Take a look at the preview images, and if your in the area make sure to stop by the gallery from 7-11pm, or keep your eye on the website.
Opening this Saturday, April 30th at the Last Rites Gallery in New York is two solo shows, Lilith by Sarah Joncas, and The Decay by Anthony Pontius. Sarah Joncas is using the Lilith myth more as what the character represents, not a direct reference. As stated in the press release “the women I’m portraying in these pieces are bolder, more sexual and more mature than those of my previous work, I’ve decidedly brought back some of the whimsy that I’d abandoned after years of schooling.” Anthony Pontius is using a mixed approach to painting to create new myths, “a story that is familiar yet it has not been cultivated by anyone.”
Creep Machine was able to get some exclusive preview images, so hit the “read more” link to check out the full preview. The gallery is also taking pre-orders, so if you are interested in any of the works make sure to contact them directly. Otherwise, keep your eyes on the Last Rites homepage and if you can attend the show it will be up until June 5th.
Opening this Saturday, March 26th at the Last Rites Gallery, is a group show with art from an all female lineup. New art from Yoko D’Holbachie, Tara McPherson, Danni Shinya Luo, Niagara, Leslie Ditto, Amy Crehore, Allison Sommers, Angie Mason, Dan-Ah KIm, Catherine Brooks, and more. The painting made by Yoko D’Holbachie was sold with all of the proceeds going to help Japan Tsunami Relief.
See the full show: Last Rites Gallery
Coming this Saturday, February 19th, to the Last Rites Gallery in New York is two solo exhibitions of new work. “Bread and Circuses” by Stephanie Henderson in Gallery I, and “Sow White” by Michael Mararian in Gallery II. Stephanie’s work is beautifully rendered in a variety of mediums. Some of the works have the feel of classical still life portraits, with a good amount of surreal elements. Mararian and his scratchy drawing style, is stepped up with some intricately created, pattern backgrounds. His characters straddle the line between humorous, and slightly depressing.
Last Saturday, January 15th, the Last Rites Gallery in New York opened the 3rd installment of the Dark Pop exhibitions. The artists in these shows focus their work towards the darker side of art, so fans are able to see artists that rarely make dark art create something truly unique. This year the participating artists include Buff Monster, Esao Andrews, Scott Musgrove, Mark Dean Veca, Daniel Hyun Lim, Glenn Barr, the Pizz, Brian Despain, Mr Christopher, Beau Stanton, Molly Crabapple, Michael Page, Mark Elliot, Mark Garro, Gaia, Nouar, Amy Crehore and more. One of the most surprising things about this show is new art from Mr Christopher (featured), who long time readers may remember as a monthly featured artist here on the Creep as well as submitting an amazing painting to the Attack of the B Movie show I curated years ago. I am very happy to see that Mr. Christopher is creating art again. Nouar once again creates a fun, creepy painting. Who else could show a woman biting the head off a chicken, and make it look amazing.
Check out the full show here: Dark Pop 3 @ Last Rites Gallery
Genevive Zacconi’s solo show “Dysphoria” opened at the Last Rites Gallery on December 10th, and will be up until January 13th if you havent seen it yet. We were able to get some photos, courtesy of Steve Prue, of the opening night, and a little writeup from artist Buddy Nestor.
Genevive Zacconi is best known for her masterful work with oils. Her images fuse equal parts pain and exquisite beauty, from a female perspective. The evident shock and fervor from her previous work is subdued in her latest show “Dysphoria” at Last Rites Gallery, NY.
Genevive’s new works show the hand of a maturing style, both in tone and paint handling. In this collection, the darkest parts of the message have become more subtle yet more powerful. She uses the beauty she can conjure from a distance to lure the viewer in to expose the true meaning of each work. With a candy coated agony, she leads the viewer through women’s struggles with beauty and the psychotically intense ride that humans go through to find love and hold onto it with dagger like claws until it rips apart.
This collection is her most impressive to date and should be viewed up close. The show closes on January 13th, 2011. Get out there and take in the madness. — Buddy Nestor
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