New York NY, February 19
Opening tomorrow, February 19th at Last Rites Gallery in Manhattan is Michael Mararian’s solo exhibition entitled Snow White. Famous tattoo artist Paul Booth opened Last Rites Gallery in 2008 and it has become a première gallery for art with a darker vibe and a haven for artists who prefer to explore the ominous, uncomfortable, and eccentric in their work. If you are in the New York City area, this is a show not to miss! Auxiliary featured Mararian in the October/November 2010 Issue.
left “Snow White” . right “Doc”
Mararian reveals his technique as, “hand drawn in various paint, dry-brush and ink forms, crudely scratched at times for a gritty, textured aesthetic. He is inspired by new and old journalistic-style photography, vintage graphics, cabinet cards, as well as retro advertisements and post mortem photography.” Mararian clearly defines his intent as, “touching upon such topics as gross consumerism, school violence, teenage disappointments, pressures and the slowly growing social isolation that are part of our childhood and adult culture. The use of contradiction is an integral part of my work to magnify the absurdity of any given situation and draw a conflicting reaction from the viewer.” What can, on one level, be construed as melancholy and cruel, can alternately be viewed as amusing, or even charming. Mararian enjoys letting his audience decide.
A graduate of the Art and Theater program at the University of Bridgeport. His work has previously been shown at various galleries around the world. Originally from Andover, Massachusetts, Michael currently lives and works from his studios in Brooklyn and Buffalo, New York.
The show will run until March 19th, the opening is tomorrow.
SNOW WHITE a solo exhibition by MICHAEL MARARIAN
DATE : February 19th, 2011
TIME : 7pm-11pm
LOCATION : Last Rites Gallery, 511 W. 33rd Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10001