Yesterday was the final day of the inaugural group show “Last Rites” at the NEW Last Rites Gallery and Tattoo Theatre location on West 38th St. The theme of this show asked artists to interpret the concept of Last Rites. There were a lot of diverse interpretations of the concept, as well many different mediums utilized from the group of 40 incredible artists.
Wikepedia defines last rites (in the Catholic tradition) as: meant to prepare the dying person’s soul for death, by providing absolution for sins by penance, sacramental grace and prayers for the relief of suffering through anointing, and the final administration of the Eucharist, known as “Viaticum,” which is Latin for “provision for the journey.”
With that in mind, it was interesting to see how some of these artists illustrate and riff on the idea. You can see some pics from our visit below, or view the entire show preview here.
We also loved the new space itself. It’s HUGE! 3 floors worth of morbid and crazy shit on it’s walls! We took our time to drool all over the excellent decor and HR Giger collection. That’s right folks. A goddamn Giger collection.
The main floor really allows the artwork to breath. The upstairs features a lounge area with couches where you can take in a bunch of other great artworks from the likes of Travis Louie, David Stoupakis, Paul Booth, and an entire section dedicated to Giger’s work. The lower level is like stepping into a crypt. Large paintings and robed-ghouls painted with red ambient light watch over the many who enter here and receive some ink from the very talented Tattooists working in this dungeon. Last Rites has really outdone itself, and we look forward to stopping by for future shows, and maybe even some fresh ink.
William Basso, Dilek Baykara, Murielle Belin, Matthew Bone, Scott G Brooks, Matt Buck, Santiago Caruso, Colin Christian, Christopher Conte, Rory Coyne, Crajes, Yoko d’Holbachie, Matt Dangler, Brian Despain, Leslie Ditto, Gerard Di-Maccio, Naoto Hattori, Chris Haas, Fred Harper, Fay Helfer, Luke Kopycinksi, Craig LaRotonda, Kari-Lise Alexander, Michael Mararian, Angie Mason, Marco Mazzoni, menton3, Billy Norrby, Richard J Oliver, Shane Pierce, Xiao Qing Ding, Allison Sommers, Beau Stanton, David Stoupakis, Heiidi Taillefer, Brian Viveros, Adam Wallacavage, Eric Wilkerson, Jasmine Worth, Vincent Xeus, Hannah Faith Yata, Kate Zambrano, Chet Zar
April 13, 2014 | Categories: Galleries, Panoptic | Tags: Adam Wallacavage, Allison Sommers, Angie Mason, art, Badass, Beau Stanton, Billy Norrby, Brian Despain, Brian Viveros, Chet Zar, Chris Haas, Christopher Conte, Colin Christian, Craig LaRotonda, Crajes, dark art, David Stoupakis, Dilek Baykara, Eric Wilkerson, Fay Helfer, Fred Harper, Gerard Di-Maccio, Hannah Faith Yata, Heiidi Taillefer, horror, Jasmine Worth, Kari-Lise Alexander, Kate Zambrano, Last Rites, Last Rites Gallery, Leslie Ditto, lowbrow, Luke Kopycinksi, Marco Mazzoni, Matt Buck, Matt Dangler, Matthew Bone, menton3, Michael Mararian, Murielle Belin, Naoto Hattori, notenoughtags, Paul Booth, Richard J Oliver, Rory Coyne, Santiago Caruso, Satan, Scott G Brooks, Shane Pierce, Vincent Xeus, William Basso, Xiao Qing Ding, Yoko d'Holbachie | Leave a comment