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Opening Reception\, Saturday\, June 29th\, 7pm - 11pm
E xhibition runs through August 10th

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NEW YORK\, NY (June 29t h\, 2013) – Last Rites Gallery presents Arcane Archetypes\, new work by Bea u Stanton\, in what will be his first solo show at the gallery and will fea ture 12-14 paintings. Arcane Archetypes will center on the Major Arcana of the Tarot and stem from Stanton’s exploration of its various symbolism\, im agery and mysticism.

Stanton’s paintings connect old world tra ditions and visuals with modern technology and ideals to communicate univer sal tenets. Arcane Archetypes integrates Stanton’s quintessential images an d pervading themes\, in his usual fanfare of color and filigree\, to interp ret the esoteric nature of the Tarot. Conducive to his process of layering oil paint with ornate silkscreen compositions\, this body of work offers an examination of the mystical layers that form the principles of the Tarot a nd its divine and practical application throughout history. Embarking on th e age-old tradition of the Tarot allows for a reinterpretation of a timeles s study while adapting its essence to reevaluate its concurrency with both the individual and the evolution of man.

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NEW YORK\, NY (June 29th\, 2013) – Last Rites Gallery presents (A)Part\, new w ork by Matt Buck\, in what will be his first solo show at the gallery and w ill feature 5 paintings and 3 drawings. Buck’s body of work centers on port raits of regality dressed in Reformation era costume\, disassembling at the head and neck to perhaps question what truly makes us who we are.
The portraits in (A)Part are of ostentatiously dressed royalty of the English court\, exquisitely adorned with gold and jewel accouterments\, orn ate robes and forlorn expressions. Buck’s vivid palette creates a symphony of color further accentuated by backlit backgrounds full of subtle motion m ade present by generous brushstrokes. As a piece of these figures painlessl y detach\, their interiors are revealed to contain copious bouquets of rose s representing the frivolity of the trivial and impermanence of life. Accom panying the fragmented sitters are varied winged creatures such as the bee\ , hummingbird and butterfly\, all symbolizing various interpretations of th e cycle of life. The human being is called out as a biological game causing many questions to arise about personal choices and reflections. What is ob tained is always at a cost. What is given up as a result? Do such actions p roject who we are to the outside world\, or do such follies further push us away from our true selves? Buck’s series calls for us to question what we need and do not need to keep true to ourselves.

DTEND:20130810 DTSTAMP:20141222T014851 DTSTART:20130629 GEO:40.7543127;-74.0003108 LOCATION:Last Rites Gallery\,325 West 38th St. between 8th & 9th Avenue\nNe w York\, NY 10018 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Beau Stanton\, "Arcane Archetypes" and Matt Buck "(A)Part"\, Matt B uck\, Beau Stanton UID:282211 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130629T230000 DTSTAMP:20141222T014851 DTSTART:20130629T190000 GEO:40.7543127;-74.0003108 LOCATION:Last Rites Gallery\,325 West 38th St. between 8th & 9th Avenue\nNe w York\, NY 10018 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Beau Stanton\, "Arcane Archetypes" and Matt Buck "(A)Part"\, Matt B uck\, Beau Stanton UID:282212 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR