Nicola Samorì creates works of dark beauty and baroque-influenced drama. His paintings are gouged, distorted, melted, skinned and destroyed. This act of destruction is so deliberate and contrasting to the works of painterly skill beneath that it can almost be seen as violent.
Agostino Arrivabene is a masterful and visionary painter from the Italian countryside. He paints using ground pigments and many other traditional working methods that yield themselves to a timelines nature. This is a world of symbols, ancient landscapes and psychological probing that is Arrivabene's own.
(Daguerrotype by Borja Guillot, one of the exhibiting artists in "The Dark Room.") A few months ago, we interviewed Christopher Tandy about his solo show, No Devil Lived On at Glass Rice, a small dark art gallery located in San Francisco. Tonight, they open their next exhibit, "The Dark Room," based on the prose of Edgar Allen Poe. The space has metamorphosed for the exhibit. Characteristically a bright, white room brimming with natural light, the walls have been painted a dark red crimson. The show is a multi-sensory experience - inviting viewers to explore the room of their own volition...
Santiago Caruso is a dark symbolist artist with an attraction to the surreal and macabre. His techniques range from tempera and ink on paper to scratched mixed media pieces on cardboard. Working on book illustrations and music albums Caruso's art often has a highly narrative approach that makes viewing it an almost investigative process.