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Celebrating Darkness in the Natural World: "Dark Nature" at Last Rites Gallery

Eight years ago, I was still a printmaking student at Pratt Institute and I heard that Stephen Kasner was having an exhibition of his work at a gallery in Manhattan. I became a fan of his paintings after he created some art for the band, Integrity. I wasn't able to make it to the opening because I had a late class that evening, but the next day, I visited Last Rites Gallery to see the exhibition. Not only was I blown away by his work in person, but I also loved the gallery and at that moment I thought, "Wow, this is such an incredible alternative to all of the white-walled gallery spaces I've been seeing... At some point, I want to show here and it'll feel really fuckin' rad." Last weekend, three new pieces of mine were a part of "Dark Nature" at Last Rites Gallery, along with some fantastic artists. And it does feel really fuckin' rad.

If you weren't able to make it to the opening, I highly suggest visiting the gallery and seeing the exhibition.  "Dark Nature" features the works of Caitlin Hackett, Kikyz1313, Zoe Keller, Deidra Leigh, Nunzio Paci, Alex Reisfar, Annie Terrazzo, Erica Williams, and yours truly, Dylan Garrett Smith.

For purchasing information and availability, contact Last Rites Gallery at info@lastritesgallery.com or by phone at 212-560-0666.

 

"A New Seed is Sown", 2017 Ashes, chalk-lead and ink on black cotton-rag paper 16x20", 18x24" framed Contact Last Rites Gallery for purchasing information

"A New Seed is Sown", 2017
Ashes, chalk-lead and ink on black cotton-rag paper
16x20", 18x24" framed
Contact Last Rites Gallery for purchasing information

"The Binding Ritual", 2017 Ashes, chalk-lead and ink on black cotton-rag paper 16x20", 18x24" framed Contact Last Rites Gallery for purchasing information

"The Binding Ritual", 2017
Ashes, chalk-lead and ink on black cotton-rag paper
16x20", 18x24" framed
Contact Last Rites Gallery for purchasing information

"The Blind-Worm's Sting", 2017 Ashes, chalk-lead and ink on black cotton-rag paper 16x20", 18x24" framed Contact Last Rites Gallery for purchasing information

"The Blind-Worm's Sting", 2017
Ashes, chalk-lead and ink on black cotton-rag paper
16x20", 18x24" framed
Contact Last Rites Gallery for purchasing information

The Smallest Wonders

Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia is one of my all-time favorite galleries.  Noah, Lawren, and Patrick consistently curate the best exhibitions with some of my favorite contemporary artists.  Towards the end of every year, I look forward to the "Small Wonders" show, where each artist creates small works of art (under 12x12"), all priced under $250.  Though this is the 5th year of "Small Wonders", I'm ecstatic to say that I will be participating for my second year alongside 49 other incredibly talented artists:

Alex Eckamn-Lawn, Allison Sommers, Ania Tomicka, Audrey Pongracz, Brian Mashburn, Bruce Parker, Caitlin Hackett, Caitlin McCormack, Carly Janine Mazur, Chris Austin, Christina Mrozik, David Seidman, Dewi Plass, Drew Leshko, Emily May Rose, Erich J. Moffitt, Grace Lang, Gretchen Lewis, Hanna Jaeun, Jared Tuttle, Jason Hernandez, Jeanne D'Angelo, Jeremy Hush, Jessica Dalva, Jessica Wolfert, JoKa, Kristen Egan, Lara Dann, Maj Askew, Maria Teicher, Matt Ritchie, Michael Bukowski, Mike Bell, Mimi Yoon, Nathalie Lagacé, Neil M. Perry, Nom Kinnear King, Paul Romano, Peca, Rachael Bridge, Rebecca Adams, Sean Talamini, Susanne Apgar, Terry Ribera, Tracy Lewis, and Veks Van Hillik.

"Small Wonders 5" opens tomorrow, Friday, November 4th at Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia and will be up until November 23rd.

"The Collector I" (pitcher plants/bones)
Ashes, chalk-lead, and ink on black cotton-rag paper
4x6"
$165

 

"The Collector II" (deer/skulls)
Ashes, chalk-lead, and ink on black cotton-rag paper
5x7"
$200

 

"The Collector III" (Venus fly traps/teeth)
Ashes, chalk-lead, and ink on black cotton-rag paper
4x6"
SOLD

 

To purchase these pieces or any of the others in the exhibition, visit their website here or contact them via email at archenemyarts@gmail.com or by phone at (215) 717-7774.

Bones and Roses for Old Wounds

Old Wounds are hands-down one of my favorite bands in hardcore right now.  Their live shows bring an explosive energy that is emotional, politically-charged, and infectious as hell.  Their sound is familiar enough for people to quickly latch on, but their unique and original qualities keep you interested and coming back for more.

One of the challenges in designing for Old Wounds is that their aesthetic is already bulletproof thanks to the design sensibilities of their drummer, Brandon Gallagher, who has worked with Trustkill Records, Kill Brand, and a laundry list of bands.  The goal was immediately obvious: blend my style with Old Wound's already set aesthetic to create a new design that FEELS like the band.  From there, I got to work.

Old Wounds' "The Suffering Spirit" is out on Good Fight Music and the band is currently on tour with Every Time I Die, Beartooth, and Fit For a King.  If they come through your city, I highly suggest seeing them.  Bring roses.

 

Lighting the Path with Fad Nauseam

Last year I worked with Fad Nauseam to create art for their album, "Light Your Path".  This album is dark, beautiful, and gives hints of influences ranging from Christian Death to Swans while the insidiously catchy songs get stuck in your head for days.  I'd also like to mention that Mike Wohlberg (The Fat Kid Illustration) did a fantastic job on the layout.  You can check out Mike's incredible work here.

"Light Your Path" is available for download here and you can pick up one of the very limited copies of the album here.

 

"The Daughter of Furtur" in Howl Gallery's Untitled Group Show

I'm very excited to announce that my newest piece, "The Daughter of Furtur", will be on view in Howl Gallery's exhibition, "Untitled", which opens tomorrow, Saturday, June 7th.  I'm ecstatic to be showing with some of my favorite artists (Seldon Hunt, Derek Hess, and Shaun Beaudry, just being a few), along with a grocery list of other incredibly talented artists.  I envy anyone in or around Fort Myers, FL tomorrow evening; this exhibition is going to be phenomenal!

For more information on the exhibition, you can read more here.

Dylan Garrett Smith xvx The Daughter of Furtur

"The Daughter of Furtur"

Ashes, chalk-lead, and ink on black cotton-rag paper

18x24", framed

For purchasing information, contact andy@howlgallery.com

"Desiderata" Opening at Gristle Tattoo in Brooklyn

This Saturday, May 10th, "Desiderata" opens at Gristle Tattoo in Brooklyn, NY and the line up of artists is incredible.  If you find yourself in NYC this weekend, stop by Gristle Tattoo's new location (26 Bushwick Ave. Brooklyn) and check out the show!

 

    

 

 

dylan garrett smith dylan xvx honey's rot

"Honey's Rot"

Ashes, chalk-lead, and ink on black cotton-rag paper

11x14", 16x20" framed

$375

 

dylan garrett smith dylan xvx unholy are the ghosts

"Unholy are the Ghosts"

Ashes, chalk-lead, and ink on black cotton-rag paper

10x13", 16x20" framed

$375

 

"Honey's Rot" in BELOW Shop

My latest screenprint, "Honey's Rot", is exclusively available through BELOW Shop as part of the "As Above, So Below" collection.  For this collection, each artist created work of their interpretation of the concept of "as above, so below".

Dylan Garrett Smith Honey's Rot Below Shop As Above So Below XVX

"Honey's Rot"

Two-color screen print with light grey and metallic gold ink on black cotton-rag paper

Signed and numbered edition of 20

11x14"

Available exclusively through BELOW Shop