When the designs are chosen with care, tattoos have
a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also
enhance the soul.
The iconic imagery of the tattoo subculture is easily accessible to even the most casual viewer, with its own distinct formal tradition and compositional canon. Plumes of smoke turn into devils and grinning skulls cover the bodies like a Gothic cornucopia; organic forms spiral abstractly over and around human limbs; pin-up girls and angels alike wink coyly from biceps; names and faces of the dead stretch and fold as skin ages and sags.
When the imagery of the tattoo is isolated from the human canvas, or when the “tattooed” becomes the subject of art, the ink can become a distinct portrait of the subject, revealing histories, ethnicities, personality quirks, fetishes, addictions, conquests, allegiances, and tragedy. This show presents the tattoo and the tattooed within the realm of fine art, providing a vivid and expansive portrait of the culture of the tattoo.
The show will open June 16th, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts. The exhibition will include works by Max Snow, Crumb, Tom of Finland , Patrick Lee, Lina Bertucci, Richard Renaldi, Aaron Cobbett, Assume Vivid Astro-Focus, Ted Nemeth, Ron Athey, Kiki Smith, Alix Lambert.
Tattoo will be open from June 16th through July 28th at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts at 526 West 26th Street, #605, New York, NY. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, June 16th from 7 – 9pm.