Beau Stanton, "Arcane Archetypes" and Matt Buck "(A)Part"

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Beau Stanton, "Arcane Archetypes" and Matt Buck "(A)Part"

325 West 38th St.
between 8th & 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
June 29th, 2013 - August 10th, 2013
Opening: June 29th, 2013 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Tue-Sat 2-9; Sun 2-6
surrealism, figurative


Opening Reception, Saturday, June 29th, 7pm - 11pm
Exhibition runs through August 10th

NEW YORK, NY (June 29th, 2013) – Last Rites Gallery presents Arcane Archetypes, new work by Beau Stanton, in what will be his first solo show at the gallery and will feature 12-14 paintings. Arcane Archetypes will center on the Major Arcana of the Tarot and stem from Stanton’s exploration of its various symbolism, imagery and mysticism.

Stanton’s paintings connect old world traditions and visuals with modern technology and ideals to communicate universal tenets. Arcane Archetypes integrates Stanton’s quintessential images and pervading themes, in his usual fanfare of color and filigree, to interpret 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 and its divine and practical application throughout history. Embarking on the age-old tradition of the Tarot allows for a reinterpretation of a timeless study while adapting its essence to reevaluate its concurrency with both the individual and the evolution of man.


NEW YORK, NY (June 29th, 2013) – Last Rites Gallery presents (A)Part, new work by Matt Buck, in what will be his first solo show at the gallery and will feature 5 paintings and 3 drawings. Buck’s body of work centers on portraits 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, ornate robes and forlorn expressions. Buck’s vivid palette creates a symphony of color further accentuated by backlit backgrounds full of subtle motion made present by generous brushstrokes. As a piece of these figures painlessly detach, their interiors are revealed to contain copious bouquets of roses representing the frivolity of the trivial and impermanence of life. Accompanying the fragmented sitters are varied winged creatures such as the bee, hummingbird and butterfly, all symbolizing various interpretations of the 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 obtained is always at a cost. What is given up as a result? Do such actions project 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.