The theme of some pieces in the show was dark, but it was more diverse. For example, Lilly Piri's beautiful drawing "Flight of the Last Bumblebees" is a reminder of the plight of bees around the world. Although researchers have suspected Nosema fungus and Invertebrate Irisdecent Virus as the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder, and may solve the sudden collapse, it's still good to be aware of that sad circumstance. Allison Sommers' detailed painting "The Grave" also explores the darker side with the storytelling inspired by Dante, Inferno, Canto XIII. The exploration of the darker theme may not be apparent if you just take a quick glance at it. You have to pause and really take the time to see each element in the painting.
I got a chance to chat with Allison again. It's always a blast talking to her:)
Angie Mason was also in attendance, and she was really cool and sweet to talk, too. I saw several of her paintings last year at Last Rites, and I was happy to finally have met the artist. DH and I also had a great time talking to some nice people in the gallery like Paola, Randy, and also Steve, the gallery's photographer.
I recommended you to visit the Gallery when you're in the area.
Last Rites Gallery
Hours: Tues-Fri 2-9pm, Sat 2-9pm, Sun 2-6pm
Location: 511 W. 33rd Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10001
Some photos from the opening. You can see all of the exhibited pieces on Last Rites' website here
(all photos by David F. Luecke, © Alamanda Art. Original works © their respective creators. All rights reserved.)
oil on linen
Reigning in the Night
Catherine Brooks and Tamara Cervenka aka Isobel Milena
Deus Es Cargot Machina
(each cover of the small book was painted with different subject matter. You can actually spin the key to reveal it)
Paola (from the gallery) also liked this one:)
Flight of the Last Bumblebees
The Proletariat's Breakdown
Prelude to Hylonome
With Allison Sommers. I really need to learn how to pose in front of the camera from Allison:)
Weather-wise, it was a beautiful sunny day in New York, but the wild breeze made it colder :) DH took me for late lunch at Olieng Thailand Restaurant, around 10 blocks from the Gallery. We had satay for appetizer and basil seafood fried rice for entree...ooh so yummy yummy yum. I ordered young coconut juice...so refreshing. The flavor was similar to Indonesian food, and anything that brought me back home even for a bit, just made me happy ^_^
Alrighty, now it's time for Heidi to hide inside her studio and make some art:) I will post of stuff I've been doing in the studio pretty soon.
Some photos on our walk around Chelsea