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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

Making Friends in the Woods- Designs for North Carolina's Mo'ynoq

Shadow Woods Metal Fest is my favorite festival to go to, and the only one I have gone to multiple years in a row as an adult.  The atmosphere is perfect for a metal fest; a few hundred people in the woods of Maryland, camping, partying, and enjoying various subgenres of metal.  I went the first year (last year) as a spectator and found the environment to be incredibly special.  This year I returned as a vendor to sell prints, patches, and some other things.

Photo from the insanely talented illustrator, Fred Grabosky (@ftg.illus on IG).

Photo from the insanely talented illustrator, Fred Grabosky (@ftg.illus on IG).

Between watching the 41 bands that played in the woods that weekend, I spoke with many other vendors, spectators, and friends, and came across a table selling posters (among many other great things) of a design I did for my friends in Lesser Life from North Carolina.  Excited by seeing my work out in the wild and being sold by someone I didn't know, I was eager to learn how this came about!  I struck up a conversation and found out there were also from North Carolina, friends with the members of Lesser Life, and they had been given some posters to accompany their zine all about black metal from North Carolina.  RAD!

A few days after being home from Shadow Woods Metal Fest, I received an email from them asking if I could design something for their band, Mo'ynoq, since they had a tour quickly approaching.  I was more than happy to help!

Check out Mo'ynoq's album, "Anguish and Atonement" on Bandcamp here and be sure to see them if they happen to be in your town while on tour!

 

Lesser Life

Lesser Life's pummeling mix of death metal, grindcore and black metal absolutely leveled me the second I heard them.  When they contacted me to create a shirt design for them, I was more than excited about getting to work.  Give them a listen here.

If you are interested in purchasing the original illustration, it is currently available through Gristle Tattoo and Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

 

"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