Beau Stanton "Arcane Archetypes" @ Last Rites Gallery, NYCJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013
Last Rites Gallery in New York opens Beau Stanton's Arcane Archetypes on June 29th. The show will feature 10 paintings and will center on the Major Aracna of the Tarot and stem from Stanton's exploration of its various symbolism, imagery and mysticism.
Stanton's paintings connect old world traditions and visuals with modern technology and ideals to communicate universal tenets. Arcane Archetypes integrates Stanton's quintessential images and pervading themes in his usual fanfare of color and filigree to interpret the esoteric nature of the Tarot. Conductive to his process of layering oil paint with ornate silkscreen compositions, this body of work offers and examination of the mystical layers that forms the principles of the Tarot and its divine and practical application throughout history. Embarking on the age-old tradition of the Tarot allows for a reinterpretation of a timeless study while adapting its essence to reevaluate its concurrency with both the individual and the evolution of man.
Last Rites Gallery
June 29th - August 10th, 2013
“My first intention with this body of work was to create a series of images that instill a lasting imprint into the viewer’s subconscious. As an initial point of departure I started to research one of the most recognizable and iconic sets of images, the Major Arcana of the Tarot. After studying several existing decks, I discovered that some of the images shared common ground visually and conceptually with several paintings I had created in the past. This lead me to fuse elements from both my existing visual language and the ancient iconography of the Tarot to construct a revived interpretation of the Major Arcana. As the series progressed, entirely new images developed out of the process incorporating symbols from Alchemy, Freemasonry, and Ancient Mysticism resulting in a series of paintings excavated from the past and re-imagined for the present. Although the images of the Tarot are widely known and instantly recognizable, the reason for their visual potency and lasting impact is rarely understood by the uninitiated. In Arcane Archetypes, I aim to present these images in a contemporary way in order to provide some insight into their meaning and potential as extremely dense communicative devices.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Unearthing ancient narratives from the detritus of industrial decline, where Sirens grapple with sinking ships and Sibyls predict cataclysmicevents, Beau Stanton gilds his apocryphal myth with the graphical elements of creation, destruction and rebirth, inviting the viewer inside our collective unconscious ornamented by layers of chipped artifice and the rusted machinations of time. A painter and muralist, Stanton creates work ranging in size from tiny eye miniatures to large-scale images ornamenting entire building facades. The work combines classical oil painting with intricate patterns inspired by ancient architecture, letterpress ornaments, and decayed infrastructure. In search for historical reference, Stanton begins his artistic process by exploring abandoned 19th century sites around the greater New York City area collecting photo references, Victorian ephemera, and antiquated machinery. These artifacts often appear in Stanton’s paintings as visual cogs in heavily ornamented machine-like compositions. The initial studies of these artifacts are then distilled into highly ornate silk-screened compositions. Finally, the pieces are fully rendered with oil paint, manipulating focus, light and perspective. Stanton is originally from Southern California where he studied Illustration and Drawing and Painting. He relocated to New York after graduation in 2008, and has since been mentored by New York Pop Surrealist Ron English. He has shown with Bold Hype Gallery, Ad Hoc Art, SCOPE NY, Helium Cowboy Artspace, Spoke Art, Corey Helford Gallery, Opera New York, and Last Rites Gallery.