David Stoupakis and Menton3’s dual solo exhibition ‘The Kindly Ones’ opens at Last Rites Gallery in New York, NY on 11 July at 7pm. ‘The Kindly Ones’ explores Erinyes mythology, the female spirits of justice and vengeance – Alecto (“unceasing anger“), Megaera (“grudging”), and Tisiphone (“avenger”). David and Menton3 consider the multi-faceted nature of these goddesses of the dead, while exploring the potency of feminine divine power in their deeply personal expressions of the terrible Furies of myth and legend.
Casey C. Gleghorn, Director & Curator at Last Rites Gallery describes the exhibition, “The Kindly Ones is based around the idea of the Erinyes (also commonly referred to as the Kindly Ones or Furies). In Greek and Roman mythology, the Furies were three female spirits of justice and vengeance. Known especially for pursuing people who had murdered family members, the Furies punish their victims by driving them mad. When not punishing wrongdoers on earth, they lived in the underworld and tortured the damned. Although the Furies seemed terrifying and sought vengeance, they were not considered deliberately evil. Instead, they represented justice and were seen as defenders of moral and legal order. They punished the wicked and guilty without pity but the good and innocent had little to fear from them.”
THE KINDLY ONES
David Stoupakis and Menton3
July 11th, 2015, 7-11 pm
July 11th – August 15th, 2015
325 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018 USA
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Born in Brighton, Massachusetts, David Stoupakis began creating his wintry drawings at a young age- eventually rising to prominence in the mid-1990s. His paintings are characterized by surreal renderings that couple horror with an inescapable semblance of beauty. His works are whimsically dark encapsulating an ephemeral innocence amongst the realistically somber subjects. This balance of delicacy and infancy has captivated a wide audience, strong fan base and much success for the artist. His works can be seen on the covers of Korn’s album See You on the Other Side as well as the band Haloburn’s debut album, among others.
Menton J. Matthews lll (better known as menton3) is an American painter, illustrator, and comic book artist. While many know him as a multi-instrumentalist, experimental musician, he has risen to prominence in the past few years as a skilled painter and graphic novelist. His techniques and subjects draw heavily from old masterworks, alchemical writings and Jungian psychology. His accomplishments include cover art for The Thing, Proof, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Classics Mutilated, 30 Days of Night and The X-Files in addition to illustration work for The Lovecraft Library: Out of Arkham and Mark Twain’s Tales of Mystery, among many others. He is Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of 44FLOOD.
A book, also entitled The Kindly Ones, written by Kasra Ghanbari featuring all the works David and Menton3 created for the exhibition along with extensive background information, discussions on the pieces, analysis and new perspectives on the underlying mythological tales from which the show is based will also be available at the gallery.