Gallery Mondays: Kimberly Witham’s Sleepy Squirrel

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You may remember the beautiful deer by Kimberly Witham from On Ripeness and Rot at Last Rites Gallery that I posted for a Gallery Mondays last fall.

Since winter is coming, I’ve decided to feature another one of her creations, this time, a squirrel. She features squirrel’s in quite a few of her pieces.

Squirrels are such random animals. One second they’re running up a tree, and the next they’re stopped in the middle of the street waiting for a car to get just close enough to almost run them over.

I love that this squirrel is calm, in a sleepy state. I really want to believe he’s not dead.

Also, why a lemon wedge and not a nut?

Seem more of Kimberly Witham’s work here.

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Gallery Mondays: On Ripeness and Rot

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Is it still hunting season?

I saw this rather interesting piece of art last month at Last Rites Gallery in Midtown. The piece is part of Kimberly Witham’s On Ripeness and Rot series, which contrasts fresh fruits with dead animal carcasses.

How’s that for morbid?

It’s crazy how she combines the two so gracefully, almost as they appear in nature. Take away the bowl and you have an innocent deer against a white background with berries dangling from a branch above her.

See more of Witham’s work at www.kimberlywitham.com.

 

Gallery Mondays: Oda & King’s “Facelift”

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Since Friday is April Fool’s Day, I decided to provide you all with some humor for this week’s Gallery Mondays.

Back in the fall of 2015, I saw this piece by artist couple Oda & King in a group exhibit called Transfigure at Last Rite’s Gallery in NYC. I think it was the tape and this guy’s stained teeth that drew me in to this one.

The piece is called “Facelift.” I really do wonder what his face looks like without all that tape. He might actually be good looking enough to not even need a facelift…

Check out more of Oda & King’s work at www.odaking.com/gallery.

Gallery Mondays: Jasmine Worth’s “Wounded”

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With Halloween coming up this weekend, I just had to revisit a piece of art I found while perusing Last Rites Gallery in Midtown a few months ago.

This piece is called “Wounded” is by California-based artist Jasmine Worth. Several things about this piece remind me of the day we all play dress up and take candy from strangers.

The pale-faced, light-eyed girl depicted in the oil painting looks a bit like a Catholic nun. Halloween comes from the Christianized “Hallows Eve” feast that was influenced heavily by Celtic harvest festival celebrations. According to Wikipedia:

In England, from the medieval period up until the 1930s, people practiced the Christian custom of souling on Halloween, which involved groups of soulers, both Protestant and Catholic, going from parish to parish, begging the rich for soul cakes, in exchange for praying for the souls of the givers and their friends.

I can totally see this nun as a souler in the 19th century. The tattoos on her left hand and the symbols around her head are very cryptic and almost Mayan looking. But what gets me the most about her is the gash in her neck that’s bleeding down onto her clothing. Now that’s something to go up against the Frankenstein monster with, eh? 

Any takers for this souler nun costume? I know a girl who can get your cheeks contoured and your lips done up just like the nun in the painting…

See more of Jasmine Worth’s art here.

Gallery Mondays: ‘Rise’ by Stoupakis @ Last Rites Gallery

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Oh, what some of us would do to be submerged in a body of water like this woman right now.

While I was checking out the latest exhibit at Last Rites Gallery called “The Kindly Ones,” I stumbled upon this beautiful painting by Davis Stoupakis.

The painting is called Rise, and the red color he uses for the flowers in the water give the scene a sort of passionate nature. From the woman’s pose to the way her hair blends into the water, this painting is just simply gorgeous.

Check out the painting at Last Rites Gallery in midtown, and see more of Stoupakis’ artwork here.