Scott Holloway
Life Death Candy Corns
12″ x 12″
Oil and Ink on panel

I don’t know about you, but I started celebrating Halloween on October first. I have an admirable collection of candy, have been ogling the colorful leaves, went pumpkin picking and made a couple of jack-o-lanterns. Tomorrow night, Friday October 23rd, I will happily attend a mysterious lecture at Observatory titled, “Alchemy, Art, and the Realm of the Imaginary”. It won’t leave me with nightmares, but its promise to delve into the realm of the strange has my love for this season tingling.

All of those things aside, one of the best ways to celebrate this ghoulish holiday is with dark art, and New York is rife with it (in the best ways, of course). I plan on taking advantage!

On Saturday night there are two events most definitely worth attending.

First off, I will pay MF Gallery a visit. Their newly opened space in Gowanus Brooklyn should be exciting to see, especially since they are throwing their grand opening in conjunction with their Seventh Annual Halloween Art Show and costume party. I am most excited about seeing the work that Massachusetts artist Scott Holloway has in the show: a beautiful work of oil, ink and gold leaf on panel (see above).

MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond Street, between Butler and Baltic in Brooklyn. Their opening party runs from 7-10pm.

Afterwords I’ll head over to northern Chelsea in Manhattan to visit Last Rites Gallery, owned by the legendary tattoo artist, Paul Booth, for the opening of their second annual 13th Hour group show. Dark and brooding work from Vincent Castiglia, Chet Zar, Fred Harper, Paul Rumsey, Christopher Conte, David Stoupakis and many others will have work on view. If I understand things correctly, even Paul Booth himself will have some new work in the show.

Last Rites Gallery is located at 511 W. 33rd Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues (3 blocks from Penn Station) on the 3rd floor. Their opening starts at 7pm and will probably go on past 10pm.

Unfortunately, the work will be hard to view at both events since Halloween reveling will be taking place. I’ll just have to go back for second helpings at another, quieter time – probably during the day when the sun is still out and shining bright… *shudder*.

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