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Last Rites Gallery

born: 2009
born in: New York, NY
Last Rites Art Gallery is a renowned haven for dark surrealism. For those artists who prefer to explore the ominous, the uncomfortable, the eccentric and the occult, all that the dark imagination offers is welcome. Whether an avid collector or simply... [more]

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The 13th Hour
7th Annual Group Exhibit
October 11 - November 15th
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct 11, 7 - 11pm

NEW YORK, NY (October 11th, 2014) - Last Rites Gallery opens it's sixth annual The 13th Hour group exhibit, celebrating the spirit of the Halloween Season.

In its annual exhibit, Last Rites sets out to present a broad-spectrum representation of Dark Surrealism. Held days just before Halloween, the show is the gallery's largest group exhibit, and features renowned artists from around the globe- working in an array of mediums including painting, drawing and sculpture. From gothic elegance to finely crafted grotesquery, the beauty within the darkness is embraced and brought into the spotlight.

Artists Include:
Tom Bagshaw, William Basso, Nick Baxter, Dilka Bear, Paul Booth, Matt Buck,
John Cebollero, Chrystal Chan, Crajes, Craww, Matt Dangler, Brian Despain,
Thomas Dodd, Mark Elliot, Jacub Gagnon, Mark Garro, Jason Goldberg, Jessica Gordon,
Naoto Hattori, Fay Helfer, Kelley Hensing, Robert Hernandez, Jeremy Hush,
Jessica Joslin, JoKa, Sarah Joncas,
Jean Labourdette aka Turf One,
Eric Lacombe, Jed Leiknes, Matthew Levin, Brin Levinson, Eli Livingston, Ver Mar,
Chris Mars, menton3, Vince Natale,
Chris Peters, Dan Quintana,
David Richardson, Paul Romano,
David Stoupakis, Tin, Emma Tooth,
Nicomi Nix Turner, Brian Viveros,
Allen Williams, Daniel Williams, N.C. Winters, Hannah Yata, Vincent Xeus, Kate Zambrano*

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New York (April 19th, 2014) -- Last Rites Gallery is pleased to present KATABASIS, new works by menton3, in what will be his first solo show at the gallery. KATABASIS will feature paintings and drawings inspired by this journey to the otherworld and into one's interiority to confront elements within the psyche. This body of work weaves together tales both personal to menton3 and universal to mankind, with their mythological beginnings rooted in Greek Mythology.

The term katabasis originates in Ancient Greece and spans both religion and time in its usage. With credence to mythology, katabasis describes a descent to the underworld, popularly taken by heroes, most notably, Orpheus in pursuit of Eurydice, but may also be a description for one's journey through unfavorable capacities. Generally speaking, this journey may be traversed within multiple realms or planes of being, ergo, the otherworld. In more recent years, this concept has permeated modern psychology and may also serve to describe a particular form of depression, particular to the male gender.

The exploration of personal experiences and mental travels coupled with stories and heroines from Greek mythology have been a reoccurring theme in menton3's work. In KATABASIS, a distinct focus is made on the individual with themes of metamorphosis, transcendence and death through the melancholic process of personal and artistic growth. Inspired by the katabasic passage and the Jungian anima, menton3 continues his ubiquitous practice of painting women to express his own internal struggle to confront and resolve issues of the psyche. Dominant female figures commandeer the foreground and are both radiated and usurped by the tumultuous landscapes and weather patterns behind them as perhaps a suggested window to their own inner emotions. Haunting yet otherworldly, menton3's expressive female tropes are aware and confrontational. They offer the emotional depth and intensity we as humans are capable of undergoing, overcoming and cultivating.

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NEW YORK, NY (October 26th, 2013) — Last Rites Gallery opens it's sixth annual The 13th Hour group exhibit, celebrating the spirit of the Halloween Season.

In its annual exhibit, Last Rites sets out to present a broad-spectrum representation of Dark Surrealism. Held days just before Halloween, the show is the gallery's largest group exhibit, and features renowned artists from around the globe- working in an array of mediums including painting, drawing and sculpture. From gothic elegance to finely crafted grotesquery, the beauty within the darkness is embraced and brought into the spotlight.

Artists include:

Stefano Alcantara
Agostino Arrivabene
Tom Bagshaw
William Basso
Nick Baxter
Bloodmilk
Matthew Bone
Scott G Brooks
Matt Buck
John Cebollero
David Choquette
Ryan Matthew Cohn
Jason Goldberg
Carl Grace
Fred Harper
Naoto Hattori
Stephanie Henderson
Jeremy Hush
Sarah Joncas
Jed Leiknes
Eli Livingston
Dave MacDowell
Chris Mars
Megan Massacre
Jim McKenzie
Vince Natale
Buddy Nestor
Richard J Oliver
Anthony Pontius
Michael Ramstead
David Richardson
Paul Romano
Matt Rota
Richard T Scott
David Stoupakis
Tin
Yosuke Ueno
Redd Walitzki
Jasmine Worth
Vincent Xeus
Kate Zambrano


 


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NEW YORK, NY (March 2nd, 2013) — Last Rites Gallery presents Effigies and Idols, a dual artist exhibition of works by Adam Miller and Richard T Scott. Effigies and Idols will be both Miller and Scott's first exhibitions at the gallery and will include ten paintings. Both artists synchronize the traditional with the contemporary as they beckon classical masters with their technique and representation of the human form, whilst chronicling contemporaneous settings. The works in this exhibition reinterpret timeless imagery and beg the viewer to question the meaning in their context.

Miller's paintings are a symphony of fervor as humans intertwine with one another to emotionally withstand an epic catastrophe. The embracing nudes have been stripped of all they once had as the fruits of their evolution inexorably revolted against them, leaving society in ruins. Miller's pieces suggest that man's advancement of technology, although progressive and significant at its height, could alternatively relapse civilization as its ramifications on the environment triumph all else. We are asked to rethink our instantaneous reliance and perhaps adulation of modern day marvels and consider their predestined shortcomings as they slowly yet surely disintegrate the world around us. As technology evolves, it continues to be worshipped and is indispensable, yet a time may not be so far away where these industries will only be left as effigies of a forgotten past.

Scott's paintings include four still lifes of fowls post slaughter, three female portraits and one haunting interior of a levitating infant all sensitively yet effectively hinting at a sense of death and loss. Each painting demonstrates a mastery of light and hue as Scott calls to old master techniques yet imbues these classical practices with a haunting and emotionally evocative narrative. The audience becomes the voyeurs of these frozen moments of time, as death is echoed by subtleties suggested by a jacket draped over a chair in Auld Lang Syne and by a knife left on a counter next to a mangled fowl with a twisted neck in Perchance to Dream. The females in Scott's paintings confirm such suspicions as seen in Presentation and Song of Deborah. In both these works, the females look solemnly away from the viewer and silently bereave and contemplate past events and ones to come. All that remains is a sorrowful yet idolized memory of their losses.

Scott and Miller comment on timeless subjects in contemporary settings. Whether it is the death of one person or the demise of an entire civilization, both artists provoke the definition of idols and effigies as their framework determines it.

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NEW YORK, NY (March 2nd, 2013) -- Last Rites Gallery presents ARS OBSCURA: Terror y Miseria, a solo artist exhibition of works by Argentinian artist Santiago Caruso. ARS OBSCURA: Terror y Miseria will be Caruso's first exhibition at the gallery and will include paintings from three series: "Superstition and Inquisition", "Revealers, Prophets & Liars" and "Profound Shadow From the Past" that have never before been exhibited in the United States. Caruso's works are of a time and place of both the past and present; a world not unlike our own -- where the physical embodiment of demons and hellions roam the earth and overturn the religious, commonplace and basic tenets of society for a world overrun with magic, terrors, witches and other beasts. Caruso's poetic, macabre, yet foretelling world is laden with mythological symbols and relative imagery, illuminating the other side of common axioms stressed by society and religion that harness culture and, theoretically, preserve and sustain both mankind and a functioning civilization. Perhaps Caruso is shedding light on the demons that, although appear to be suppressed by humanity and its tenets, still exist and inevitably run rampant in mankind.

"This gallery of horror archetypes or phantasmagories to come, proposes a pilgrimage under the gaze of archaic deities: the viewer must deal with false prophets, demons and hungry ghosts, attend to dark aquelarres, bearing the erosion of time.

Everything is a metaphor of man subjected to the forces of nature, his own fears, his profound ignorance and stupidity. But it is also, the artist's intention to revindicate miserables, segregated by the higher powers, who as senile demiurges that eventually recover their will, may transform the world forever with redeeming or damning gesture." -- Santiago Caruso

Caruso's artistic prowess and content are influenced by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Baudelaire, Marcel Schwob, German Expressionism cinema as well as the artwork of Odilon Redon, Frantisek Kupka, Gustave Moreau, Max Klinger, James Ensor and Mikhail Vrubel. The gothic narratives present in ARS OBSCURA: Terror y Miseria are executed uniquely in the artist's manipulation of watercolor, ink, tempera and the physical scratching of the medium, which effectively strengthens the foreboding and morbid nature of his works.

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