Waking the Dead

NEW YORK, NY (December 8th, 2012) – Last Rites Gallery presents Waking the Dead, new works by Chris Haas, in what will be his first solo show at the gallery.

Waking the Dead includes nine artistically and uniquely rendered animal skulls that even after death, transpose life and take on a newfound beauty and purpose. In this exhibition, Haas’ skulls are wide-ranging species collected from various parts of the globe and decorated with thoughtful, revered precision resulting in an elegant homage to the animal itself and ever present, cycle of life. Haas work reminds us of the transience of life and that even beauty and sacredness follow all living things beyond the material world.



Skeletal Systems created by Canadian graphic designer Sophia Ahamed .

Skeletal Systems is a mixed media exploration of both the human and animal skeletal systems. The images are meant to bring out the emotional value of each bone structure providing the viewer with an abstract take on the inner workings of the body. This is a personal project that co insides with the illustration series OF Flesh and Bone.


mosaics skull with flowers and candies

New York artist Kevin Champeny merges aspects of painting, sculpture and mosaics with his large-scale images of skulls, flowers, and other objects. While the idea of creating images using thousands of components like this might not be particularly new, Champeny challenges himself by creating each tiny element by hand. He starts by building silicone molds of the original pieces, then casts them in color (meaning nothing is painted, each hue has to be mixed and cast) using various poly-urethane resins. The final objects numbering in the tens of thousands are then painstaking glued to a surface piece by piece, meaning that the entire process for each artwork spans several months to design, sculpt, mold, and cast. Amazingly the skull above is made from over 35,000 handmade flowers while the rose uses 15,000 resin candies. You can see much more of his work on his blog.


Grady Gordon

Grady Gordon is an monotype printmaker based in Oakland, California , his work prints inspired by the Namahage, the Japanese-folklore equivalent of the bogeyman – were three young men who fancied themselves street artists, and who felt that Edwards, who had had some success advancing the work of a number of relatively more successful street artists