David Stoupakis and Menton3
Through August 15th, 2015
by Frank Forte
The current exhibition 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.
A book, also entitled The Kindly Ones, is being produced to accompany the exhibition. The book will be written by Kasra Ghanbari and feature all the works David and Menton3 created for the gallery show along with extensive background information and discussions on the pieces, as well as an analysis and new perspectives on the underlying mythological tales from which the show was based.
About the Artists:
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 III (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.
About Last Rites Gallery:
Last Rites Gallery is New York City’s premiere venue representing artists working in dark and obscure mediums and genres. Founded by legendary entrepreneur and tattoo artist, Paul Booth, the gallery has emerged as a leader in the Dark Art movement and provides its patrons with an immersive experience where guest can view work in an atmosphere unlike any other.
Frank Forte Bio:
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. He co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Frank Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series, which was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation in 2003.
In Frank’s spare time he paints. Recent shows include Laluzapalooza 2015 and Laluzapalooza Jury Winners Group Show 2015 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Villains of Animation at Van Eaton Galleries (Sherman Oaks, CA). Past shows include the CATZ Group Show at LTD. Gallery in Seattle, WA and the 6×6 group Show at The Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. His art has been exhibited at Cannibal Flower (Los Angeles) and the Animation Guild Gallery 839 (North Hollywood).
Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, a publishing company that produces premium comic books and graphic novels within the horror, science fiction, and action genres.