dylan garrett smith

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.

The Witches of Instagram and W Magazine

A couple of months ago, my partner, Crystal Lee Lucas (@naudirr on IG), and I decided to visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary on a dreary, rainy, foggy day, knowing no one would be able to see beautiful birds of prey, keeping them off of the trails.  We brought our camera and a couple of pieces by our friend, Sophi Reaptress, for Crystal to model while I took photographs.

 

A couple of weeks ago, our friend Tilly Garcia (@_spirits) shared an article from WMagazine.com with us titled, "Meet The Witches of Instagram," which highlighted the pages of Tilly, Willow Smith, Josephine Pearl Lee (@princessgollum), Rachel Howe (@smallspells), The Hood Witch (@thehoodwitch), Beatrix Ost (@beatrixost), Helen Michelsen (@helen.michelsen), Spirit Speak, Radiant Human, and Witches of Bushwick, and the wonderful Crystal Lee Lucas, using the photograph I took of her at Hawk Mountain!  Needless to say, I was pretty excited that she was being recognized for how damn cool she is, and my photo being shared wasn't too bad, either.  You can check out the article here.