Last Rites Gallery presents solo shows by Genevive Zacconi & Tin...
December 10 - January 13th
Friday, Dec 10, 7-11pm
Genevive Zacconi: Dysphoria
Drawing upon life experiences, the inner workings of human relationships, and the parameters of societal constraints, Genevive Zacconi is a captivating storyteller of unwanted truths, harboring an unusual honesty that brings to light topics unspoken. Often personal in nature, her work resonates a strong feminine viewpoint, yet touches on emotions that remain universal. Adding an additional dramatic element to her art is the juxtaposition of her intense subject matter and gentle aesthetic. Making elegant what was once ugly, she couples abrasive imagery with a soft color palette and delicate, decided brush strokes; creating an intriguing mix of beauty and darkness.
Genevive’s paintings have been displayed at galleries across the planet, including Copro Nason, La Luz De Jesus, Thinkspace, Strychnin, Perihelion Fine Arts and more. She has been featured by media outlets such as MSNBC, NY Press, Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose, Coagula Arts Journal, and others. In addition to her work as a painter, Genevive has been involved in many facets of the art world throughout her life- she headed the first Philadelphia branch of "Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School", worked as painting assistant to Ron English, previously directed at both Trinity Gallery and Last Rites Gallery, and has guest curated at numerous venues.
Working with a neutral color palette of oil pastels, artist Tin creates dream worlds where beautiful women intermingle with rigid machinery. His exaggerated female forms maintain a sensual pin-up quality, while casting an undeniable air of mystery. Combining innocent eyes and soft flesh with manufactured industrial parts, the viewer is lured into a dark fairytale where natural and mechanical elements seamlessly co-exist.
Influenced as a child by comic books and cartoons, Tin states that his real passion creating art did not come until later in life, spurned by a brush with his own mortality: “I sketched from time to time and did ok in high school art class. Then I became a fisherman, like the kind out of the movie 'Perfect Storm'. I almost died three times and should have lost my drawing hand at least a dozen times. After my last close call with death I decided to become an artist.” Tin went on to do commercial and pin-up art for 7 years, but his art took a turn as he felt unchallenged with what he was creating. He says “The art I was doing had no heart. So one day I was finishing a pin-up girl and I remember saying out loud to myself ‘If I only had a heart’- which reminded me of the Tin Man from 'The Wizard Of Oz'. At that moment I decided to do more interesting works and call myself Tin.”
About Last Rites Gallery:
Established in 2008, Last Rites has become a premiere gallery for the Dark Art movement and a haven for artists who prefer to explore the ominous, uncomfortable, and eccentric in their work. Striving to showcase some of the most thought-provoking art in contemporary surrealism, Last Rites creates an atmosphere where the artist can harness limitless expression and the observer can reflect inward, inspired to understand that which resides in us all. Since it’s inception, media accolades now include Juxtapoz, Inked Magazine, Tattoo Society, Hi Fructose, NY Post, and the Channel 11 News. Paul Booth, featured by Rolling Stone as “King of Rock Tattoos”, opened Last Rites after 20 years of contributions to the tattoo and art community. Networks including Discovery, TLC, MSNBC, and MTV, continue to share Paul’s reputation with the world.
Last Rites Gallery is located at 511 W 33rd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues (3 blocks from Penn Station), 3rd floor, New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 2pm to 9pm, Sundays 2pm to 6pm. For more information, please visit: www.lastritesgallery.com or call: 212.529.0666.