On my latest sojourn to NYC I had a chance to stop by Last Rites Gallery for their latest group show, “New Breed”.
Charlie Immer, Elk Puke, oil on panel, 2009.
Ten artists were invited to show pieces in this exhibit. Although decidedly dark, the subtext of the work varied from humorous to delightfully disgusting. It is the first time that any of the artists have shown in the gallery.
Paul Gerrard, Procreators, digital print on canvas, 2009.
It was my first visit to Last Rites. For those that haven’t been there, upon entering one is greeted by a case filled with jars of strange objects labeled as various body parts. Further in there were mounds of wax dripped from candles reminiscent of a goth decorated college dorm room. Many booths were laid out with eager looking tattooists on hand ready to sink ink into flesh. The gallery itself is dimly lit, understandably playing to the established theme but perhaps not the best situation for viewing. There has been some shakeups with the management lately so it will be interesting to see how the new leadership takes hold.
David R. Choquette, Christian, oil on board, 2009.
1 – 30 August 2009
Last Rites Gallery