In the year 1692, a shadow would fall over Salem, Massachusetts. What started with accusations by local girls quickly escalated into what has since been called a state of mass hysteria. Though named after the small town just north of Boston, the Salem witch trials spread across colonial America where people were executed for allegedly practicing witchcraft; 20 people were hanged, while countless others were tortured into madness. This sets the stage for "SALEM", a collective new body of work by Menton3, David Stoupakis, and New York Times bestselling author-turned-artist Damien Echols debuting this Saturday at Copro Gallery in Los Angeles.
In Greek mythology, "the Kindly Ones", also known as Furies, are female deities or goddesses of vengeance from the underworld. They were tasked with pursuing people who have done evil and justifying their horrific crimes, making them equal sides of good and bad. Furies are the inspiration behind "The Kindly Ones" by artists David Stoupakis and Menton3, which opened over the weekend at Last Rites Gallery. Both artists are recognized for their haunting oil paintings that combine visuals of beauty with dark themes. See more after the jump.