Photos: Last Rites Inaugural OpeningJuxtapoz // Monday, 14 Apr 2008
On the evenings of April 4th and 5th, the Hudson river flowed red with the blood of a thousand virgin sacrifices. Black clouds swallowed the sky, setting an ominous tone for those that dared to walk the city streets. The howling of tormented souls could be heard in the distance, their painful cries only being muffled by the barks of wild rabid scavengers in the night. A vortex of powerful evil had descended upon Manhattan's west side. No, the Republican Convention was not in town. Rather, the inaugural preview and opening of Paul Booth's Last Rites gallery, featuring a group exhibition of works from artists that lean towards the dark side.
Last Rites Gallery is located at 511 West 33rd Street in Manhattan. The Transgression show runs through April 28th. Have no fear. The artists are all actually sweeter than honey on ice cream. But don't tell them I told you. If you can't see the work in person, make sure to visit the gallery website: lastritesgallery.com.
Words and photos by Dylan Evans.
Gallery Director Genevive Zacconi pulls it all together without losing face.
Genevive, Les Barany, and Jonathan Levine
Glutton for Punishment by Matthew Bone
Works by HR Giger
Zodiac by HR Giger
Vincent Castiglia bleeds for his art. Literally.
Rachel Bess with The Pigment Harvester
Charles Bronson back tattoo. Sweet.
Last Rites by Brian Viveros
Mother of Exiles by Dan Quintana
Cristopher Conte with his creations
Beautifully crafted by Christopher Conte
Molly Crabapple with Lux Alptraum
Detail of La Huesera by Laurie Lipton
Seraphim by Daniel Martin Diaz
Tripping Skull Bird by Naoto Hattori
Travis Louis with The Lonesome Stranger
Michael Hussar prefers to stay in the dark.
Shawn Barber with Illuminated Transgression
David Stoupakis, Aprella, and Curse Mackey
One King's Downfall by David Stoupakis
Gallery girls Heather and Virginia
Fred Harper with his Best Friend
The freaks come out at night
Artist Zelda Devon samples the hor's d'ourves
Latex Designer Renee Masoomian and Dean Troxell
Mandy strikes a pose.
Artist heights from both end of the spectrum were well represented.
Nick Martin gives some tongue to Colin Christian's sculpture
Mark Dean Veca, Jovanka, and Ron English enjoy the after party
Clark V Fox and Steve Ellis