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Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 2:49 PM


Opening Reception: May 26th, 7-11pm

Chris Peters
The Soul Never Sleeps
May 26th – June 30th

NEW YORK, NY (May 26th, 2012)- Last Rites Gallery presents The Soul Never Sleeps, new works by Chris Peters, in what will be his second solo show at the gallery.

“In this show I continue the search for beauty in dark places. I love that uneasy twilight place between life and death, between reality and unreality, between hope and despair. I use the vocabulary of Vanitas and Catholic religious symbolism to tell the tale; all refer to the cycle of life, death and the promise of resurrection.

For ‘The Soul Never Sleeps’ exhibit, it was important for me to expand the story by making a short two minute film. So many of my paintings have a time element, in the film I could finally make that time element explicit. That said, the film was made to stand together with the other 12 pieces, acting as the exhibition’s ‘13th painting’. Hopefully the addition of a new surface will enhance the show’s ability to communicate its message and mood.

Working without a brush was definitely a learning experience, but when things got difficult I was able to find my way forward by recalling my academic art training…canvas or film, in the end it’s still shadow and light. I was very fortunate that my friend Michael Hebert (an Emmy award winning film composer whose work can be heard in feature films and national broadcast commercials), was intrigued by the project and agreed to write original music for the effort. If my paintings could have a soundtrack his music is what you would hear.”


Nick Baxter
The Apostasy
May 26th – June 30th

NEW YORK, NY (May 26th, 2012)- Last Rites Gallery presents The Apostasy, new works by Nick Baxter, in what will be his second solo show at the gallery.

Nick Baxter's technically demanding painting style dwells somewhere in between traditional sharp-focus still life and modern photorealist styles, while bringing in elements of symbolism and surrealism. His subject matter tends to center around close-ups of skin and visceral, bloody macro-scapes, in exploration of what it means to be human—to have a unique consciousness inhabiting a vessel of flesh and blood.

“These images represent an inquiry into the medicalization of modern society. In our time, the specialized knowledge of an elite group has been canonized and made gospel, resulting in the learned helplessness of an increasingly ill populace. Surgeons and scientists alike have become the new priests of a material-industrial age, in which living organisms seem to be regarded as no more than an assemblage of mechanical parts.

Cultural edicts handed down have portrayed our bodies as flawed, as if still soiled by original sin and in need of salvation. So we prostrate before possessors of a seemingly divine knowledge, an authority built on the upturned ruins of the common sense that modern man has forgotten. With nature gutted and wild instinct thwarted, a remaining paper-thin veil of scientific belief is all that divides story and reality. It is mere faith that separates benevolence from malevolence.

Shrouded in mystery, alien hands descend from the darkness. Otherworldly appendages of the vicars of the corporal levy power upon trembling flesh. Sworn to heal, but with the ability to harm, they are like iron fists in latex gloves.

Science is the new religion, Big Pharma is the church, the doctors are priests, pills our Holy Communion, and sickness is our only hope of salvation when diseases are dollar signs that fortify the edifice.

So this is my apostasy, my leap for sovereignty from the dungeon of a castle made of glass and steel sterility. A journey back towards wholeness in The Garden that made me. A breach of faith in hopes that I may rejoin the wild world and be healed in its immeasurable and immutable wisdom.”

-Nick Baxter

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