July 8th – August 12th, 2017
“The Fall”, Graphite, oil, wax, and resin on paper, mounted on birch, 30″ x 30″
On Saturday, July 8th, 2017, Last Rites Gallery is pleased to present artist Nicomi Nix Turner in her solo exhibition, “The Dying Thought”. The exhibition features a collection of new drawings, which examine symbols of dominion among Man.
In modern society, people have become governed by the idea of flags: an overbearing symbol of ownership of people and land. In “The Dying Thought”, archetypes traverse barren dreamscapes, bearing dominion over themselves, their freedoms, their hope and lack thereof. The works touch on the division between Man and communion with warring gods, aiming to validate the figures in moments of freedom and perhaps, finding absolution in that moment: their “dying thought”.
The animals in Turner’s works often represent the human essence– dogs representing mankind’s more brutish behaviors, while moths can dance in and out of consciousness, aloof. They interact with humans included and subtly make gestures or actions in reference to human tendencies usually kept to the self.
In “The Dying Thought”, Turner’s signature style of drawing has elevated through an introduction of new mediums. Over the years, Turner has built her works in obsessive, meticulous lines of graphite. However, through experimentation, she has discovered a medley of oil, wax and resin mixtures that, combined with graphite, are able to convey precision, but with an ample amount of spontaneity and movement in stillness.
Nicomi Nix Turner is an artist based out of Northern California. Creating detailed illustrations that evoke a surreal understanding of the perfection in nature, her works delve into the occult and the connections between alchemy, mythology, decay and birth. Her hyper-detailed illustrations capture the coexistence of life and decay in a bouquet of fungi, personified insects, bones, flesh and fauna.
“The pieces I create reflect subject matters pertaining to biological deconstructionism, nature’s legacy, alchemy, fables and counter-religious belief. In an orchestra of hyper-textured saturation, each piece is a cacophony of silent movement and erratic soliloquies.”
“The Dying Thought” will be on view at 325 W 38th Street #1, New York, NY 10018 from July 8th – August 12th, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 8th, from 7pm – 11pm. For inquiries or to request a VIP collector preview of the exhibition please email email@example.com.