Scott G Brooks with his work
Last Rites Gallery recently moved into a new location on W 38th St in New York City, and for their inaugural show in the space, they hosted an exhibition that hearkens back to the gallery’s roots and while acknowledging its evolution. For their current exhibition, “Last Rites,” owner Paul Booth and director Erika Berkowitz asked 40 artists to interpret the gallery’s namesake. Some of the works, like Chris Haas’s haunting bone sculptures and Xiao Qing Ding’s mixed-media work on paper, focus on the physicality of death with their chilling portrayals of decomposition. Other artists like Gerard Di-Maccio and Hannah Yata presented surreal paintings with a much lighter mood, portraying the last rites before death as a sort of induction into another realm, or even a glorious rebirth. Take a look at the work in the show and some opening night photos by Paola Duran.
“Last Rites” is on view through April 12.
Allison Sommers with her work
Xiao Qing Ding
Xiao Qing Ding with her work
Chris Haas with his work
Exhibiting artists Scott G Brooks and Matt Dangler with Gallery Director Erica Berkowitz
Last Rites owner Paul Booth with exhibiting artist David Stoupakis
Mary Leigh, Paul Acker and friends