Treasures from Hell flyer

A descent into the underworld is a theme found in the diverse religions of our world. The nature of these quests can range from rescuing a loved one to obtaining knowledge or secret revelations. The artists chosen for this show depict a myriad view of such explorations, as well as their personal connections to the gallery.

Frank: Many artists, including Michelangelo, were inspired by Martin Schongauer’s 15th century etching The Temptation of Saint Anthony. The etching depicts the ascetic monk Saint Anthony levitating in the air. Surrounding him is a gang of animal-like, grotesque demons, seemingly tormenting the saint. This etching is one of many demonic depictions taken from a source outside of the bible. Yet it’s influence serves as one of many sources whereby people define the demonic.

I’ve always seen this etching as a depiction of group therapy, a powerful trial whereby Saint Anthony was made stronger, having gone through it. During a solo trip on LSD, inside the purple room, I had strong vision of descending into the underworld. While in Hell, I engaged & sparred with many forces, knowing they were present not to destroy me, but rather to strengthen me. I remember departing hell, taking one last stroll around the ring, saluting all those that took the time to teach me through trial. Friends with the darkness.

On a recent night around the winter solstice, I was laying alone in bed. I could hear the slow rumble of hundreds of cars passing by on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. I felt more alone and depressed than I had precedent for. I could easily see why people want an exit door from this life. I thought about friends who had experienced trauma more potent than mine. I wondered how they could continue to exist. I promised myself long ago to never willingly exit this life. Life takes many beautiful and unexpected turns. I don’t want to leave it abruptly. Life is a continually unfolding gift. A motto emerged upon moving to NYC: stay alive – see what happens. It is possible to transmute pain to reshape us for the better. The Cauldron.

Featured Artists

Abundance Agbomah

The life and work of Abundance reflects a deeply connected spiritual wisdom. This is Abundance’s second showing with the gallery. During one of our conductive Sunday salons at the gallery, Abundance described a work in progress depicting Daniel in the lion’s den. Caroline and Abundance related on that story reminding them of their childhoods. This work was perfectly in line with the theme of Treasures from Hell.

While planning Homo Angelicus, we visited Abundance in Harlem where she showed us her drawings containing themes of Yoruba, machetes, Isis, pyramids, honey and the Eye of Thoth. A neon Eye of Thoth used to hang in Spencer Sweeney’s club Santos Party House. On Halloween 2011, Frank performed at a gathering inside Santos Party House. Caroline attended the party dressed as GG Allin, wearing just underwear and GG’s tattoos scrawled on her skin with sharpie. We didn’t meet each other that night.We became online friends until finally meeting in person in January 2023.

Courage defeats fear

2023

Pencil and acrylic on paper

12.25" x 15.25"

Lovers forged by the sacred flame

2023

Acrylic on canvas

16" x 20"

Kenneth Anger

Caroline: Kenneth Anger’s work was introduced to me by Dash when I was 21. After buying a DVD of Anger’s Magick Lantern Cycle I was immediately possessed. Dash would sometimes sleep over at my grandmother’s house when I lived there. Dash asked me to wake him up in the morning if he had somewhere to be and my way of doing this was to play Bobby Beausoleil’s soundtrack to Lucifer Rising.

Years later I met artist Brian Butler, a collaborator of Kenneth’s who also manages him (Brian calls it Anger Management). We met in Paris and the next day he invited me to a chateau in Normandy to shoot a film called The Dove and the Serpent. In one scene I was descending a staircase holding a black taxidermied fox with ruby eyes. The cameraman Eddy told me to hold it as if it were an offering, but “they can’t have it.”

Brian and I remained friends and I’ve witnessed many of his live performances. Soundtracks have become a vital part of these exhibitions, allowing us to work with our friends who work in sound. I am honored to have a soundtrack from Brian for Treasures from Hell.

Lilith (Marianne Faithfull)

1970-81

C-Print

33 ½ x 44 ¼ inches (paper size)
30 x 40 inches (image size)
34 ¼ x 45 inches (framed)
Edition 3/7

Arthur

As the unrelenting Florida sun ramps up its heating rays, Arthur will be found, working under his colorful umbrella, on the bench outside Molly Mutts. Despite all life has thrown at him, Arthur perseveres, making his drawings and light available to all who pass his bench.

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Colored pencil and watercolor on fabric

8 x 10 inches

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Acrylic and Sharpie on canvas

10 x 12 inches

Agatha Blois

Frank: Agatha is a multi-media artist specializing in custom leather work. Agatha and I met through Dom, our man in the desert. In the late 90’s she operated a store called New York City Custom Leather in the Lower East side. Her custom leather work has appeared on Rob Halford, Axl Rose, Christina Aguilera, Iggy Pop and all sorts of other rock royalty. Currently based in LA, her inclusion in this show marks her works return to NYC, her home for 20 years.

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2023

Acrylic on paper and found objects, custom leather goods, incense

58 x 12 inches

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2023

Custom leather and raccoon fur headdress, acrylic on found object, custom leather holster

36 x 8 inches

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2023

Acrylic on paper and found object, custom leather mask

25 x 8 inches

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2023

Acrylic on paper and custom leather hat

9 x 11 inches

Alina Bliumis

Having just recently met (at the opening to Homo Angelicus), Caroline and Alina discovered they were part of many mutual friend circles, dating back to Caroline’s teenage years working for As Four.

Alina’s work often takes an empathetical look to our consistent allies in the plant kingdom.

Bliss

2023

Watercolor and watercolor pencil on wood, custom steel frame

17 x 21 x 2.5 inches framed

Jennifer Calandra

Frank: I met Jennifer as a kindred spirit and long-time exhibitor at the book fairs. Her work consistently brings us into surreal world of hyper human characters caught in the act.

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Oil on canvas in custom frame

24 x 30 inches

Christeene

Frank: Christeene is a feral creature, living outside of time and easy definition. Christeene brings fire to the stage from above and below. Sweating in leather behind her, I’ve witnessed Christeene preach to thousands. Action Toilet.

I was once in a Provincetown room with Christeene and others. The topic of discussion was our dreams. Many of us related to the recurring theme of levitating, or flying through a landscape within the dream. Christeene mentioned that in dreams it was difficult for them to levitate, they would usually fall down. I then speculated (aloud) that the reason for Christeene’s fall had to do with them being full of Lucifer Juice.

Dickburner

2019

Acrylic on paper bag in black frame

15 x 17 inches

Scott Covert

Reporting from a graveyard near you, Scott returns to the gallery with meditations on Jayne Mansfield and goldfish.

Jayne Mansfield

2023

Graphite, ink and collage on paper

42 x 43 inches

Anastasio and Gallo

2023

Graphite and ink on paper

20 x 30 inches

Ry Fyan

Caroline: Being best friends with my brother Dash, I’ve known Ry for most of my life. Dash’s nickname for Ry was Ecstasy Sex Turtle. I often feel like I’m talking to Dash when speaking with Ry, his presence feels like the remaining influence of my brother.

Our lives came back together with the first show at the gallery, Ry showing his piece The Unity of Being.

Isotropic Simulacrum Gate (Subterranean Arcades Remesh)

2023

Oil on linen

20 x 24 inches

Christopher Garrett

Caroline: I first met Christopher the day before Homo Angelicus opened. He came to the gallery to help us install. I was in awe watching them and Frank work, they were like wizards with their knowledge of art hanging and spoke in their own language.

When I first met Frank, I was also introduced to Christopher’s work. I helped Frank hang an enormous graphite drawing of Christopher’s. During our discussion of Christopher’s work, Frank reminded me of a Dash polaroid depicting Dash and Jade nude upon their bed. One of Christopher’s drawings (from this same graphite series) is hanging behind them on the wall. Dash is holding up two roses which partially obscure the drawing. The gesture feels like a benevolent message from the past.

Jade helped recover this drawing from deep storage, showing wear on the frame from it’s time in Dash’s world. A recovered treasure.

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2005

Graphite on paper
Courtesy of the Dash Snow Archive, NYC

Raina Hamner

Caroline: I’ve known Raina for much of my life, being of friend of mine and Dash. We once spent three seemingly treacherous days with Lily and Agathe at my grandmother’s house in the dead of winter. The house was at the end of a mile long driveway and there was a blizzard. Being completely cut off and snowed in, we had to cook what little food was in the house. We pretended it was the end of the world and it was our last supper. We played mixtapes and made Exquisite Corpse drawings.

Raina’s drawings are truly a reflection of her— as unique as they come, with a tension between abandon and refinement. It was important to us to carry Raina’s work into the next show. Homo Angelicus revealed the importance of community and the powerful healing that comes with it.

Neopolitan

2023

Colored pencil on paper

14 x 17 inches

Sabrina Mansouri

Caroline: The first time I met Sabrina she told me about the time she spent living in Trinidad, and rituals that happened there in the forest, where women were married to the spirits.

“I was living in Trinidad for 9 months in 2008 and had an art studio there. Amongst the community were Peter Doig and Chris Ofili. I came into contact with the Orishas. I was already many years deep into Hinduism and there’s a large Indian diaspora on the island. It was impossible not to intermingle with women dressed all in white walking through the street in a trance. My friend and outsider/visionary artist Embah would tell me that the women were married to the spirit. Trinidad was also the first place I experienced spirit attachment with my own body. There were physical and immediate psychological symptoms and I learned how to dislodge, cut and allow the energies to pass through without resistance. I was molested by a wandering Rastafarian priest and another time had sex in a room filled with over a hundred statues of the Virgin Mary. Trinidad was my first mystical boot camp, India my second. When I returned to NYC I went crazy. I could hear radio waves and felt everyone’s suffering. I wanted to burn and purify the city. I ended up in St Vincent’s psych ward. The veils are thin in Trinidad, India is like this as well and a few other places on earth. There’s little interference between the realms. And then I got married in India at an ashram at the foothills of the holy mountain Govardhana where Krishna had his pastimes on earth with his lover Radha. I got initiated into the Gaudiya Vasihnava line as a Bhramacharini. And many years later when my marriage was failing my Guruji told me I had taken sacred vows and that I was not allowed divorce. That I had to stay with B til my death. I had to defy all the archaic patriarchal structures to hold my ground and leave despite feeling cursed by these elders and by the karmic implications of my affair, according to certain translations of the Vedas (scripture) that both me and R would be horrifically punished on the etheric and astral planes and in our next lives. None of it is true for me, in my heart I know I did what was necessary.”

Caroline: Years ago Sabrina and I traveled to Bisbee Arizona where my dad lived in the 1970s with his act the Midnight Band. We stayed at the haunted Copper Queen Hotel where my dad used to play the piano in the bar. We visited St Elmo Bar where the Midnight Band had played. I wore a long black silk dress, likely appearing as some desperado Victorian mourner. Sabrina and I took walks through the graveyards in Tombstone. We walked amongst the casualties from the shootout at the OK Corral with graves marked “Two Cowboys,” “Two Chinese,” “Indian Bill,” “Dutch Annie,” and “Margarita”. George Johnson had been “hanged by mistake” and many graves just said “Unknown.” Many were murdered in the streets of Tombstone, many were suicides, and some “killed by Apaches.”

On a street outside St Elmo a man with a long mustache and leather vest was swinging flames from a chain while a girl in a majorette costume twirled a baton behind him. Next door was the Devil’s Disciples clubhouse. There was a biker convention that weekend and the town was full of leather. A parade of motorcycles and lowriders creeped down the streets of St Elmo. The Bisbee magic show was on the street holding seances. Underneath an enormous taxidermized bear, Billy the magician asked us to think of someone close to us who had died. I thought of my dad and then he wrote my dad’s name on a piece of paper. Chris. Killed by self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2013. He was buried under a willow tree in Virginia with a dagger and a copy of The Iliad, per his request.

Burn

Oil on found image
Antique gold leaf/walnut frame

19 x 15 ¾ inches

For a Day or a Lifetime

2020

Pencil on hotel stationery
JV plexi framed

6 x 9 inches

Sunset Boulevard

2020

Pencil and watercolor on hotel stationery
JV plexi framed

6 x 9 inches

Peter McGough

Few artists live, or have lived, with the degree of class, perseverance and style as Peter McGough. Peter generously shared a major phase of his life in his memoir I’ve Seen the Future and I’m Not Going. Working tirelessly in his studio, with his animal familiar Queenie, his beautiful story continues today.

In the previous exhibition we presented an angelic mirror. For Treasures from Hell, Peter presents a mirror showing what you will look like in Hell.

In Hell

2022

Oil on wood with mirrored glass

29 x 25 inches

Maricela Nodar

“Saint Lucy and her Rose Tinted Glasses, like most of my work, is heavily inspired by a mixture of my own life experiences, the life stories of saints, and the lore of the clown, a character who wears a mask to uplift the spirits of their audience, even though many times the clown is the saddest person in the room. Saint Lucy was murdered for her commitment to Christianity, before she was murdered her eyes were gouged out. She is known as the patron saint of the blind and is often shown holding her gouged out eyes. Her rose tinted glasses is symbolism for my own naivety. I walk through this life with complete blindness, wearing rose tinted glasses hoping for the best. In most cases that mentality puts me in terrible situations. I slowly turn into the clown, wearing a mask to hide the pain my trauma has caused.”

Caroline: Marciela’s work reminded me of Magritte, who was a friend of my great grandmother Dominique. I remember my last visit with Dominique as she lay dying in a hospice bed. As I fed her some sherry soaked on a q-tip, I asked her if she was scared. “No”, she said, “Jesus is showing me amazing things”.

Saint Lucy and her Rose Tinted Glasses

2022

Oil on recycled wood

19 x 30 inches

Genesis P-Orridge

Our world has yet to catch up with all the treasure produced and shared by Genesis. Gen introduced many of us to the work of Timothy Wyllie (a major subject of Homo Angelicus). It’s an honor to show this never before exhibited work. It was created at the beginning of their Pandrogyne work.

S/he is still here.

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1998

Collage

Image size: 11 x 8 ½ inches
Frame size: 20 ½ x 20 ½ x 1 ¾ inches

Rafael Sanchez

Frank: Rafael is a strong light in this world, part of the long running fabric of NYC that keeps me living here. He is a survivor with grace and wisdom to share. Caroline and I became fast friends with him as a result of the Sunday gatherings at the gallery. In this exhibit Rafael is exhibiting a drawing he made at age 21.

Fire Drawing

1982-83

Colored pencil on paper in walnut frame

12 x 18 inches

Derrick Snodgrass

Caroline: I moved to LA to go to rehab. Upon my release, Derrick tattooed a spiderweb behind my ear. The next tattoo was Dore’s Fall of Lucifer upon my right rib. Derrick’s work (and some of his life) feel like an acid trip through hell. He continues to survive riding his chopper around the state of California. Derrick and Frank have been friends since they met at an Oakland crab boil, over a decade ago.

Mama Tried

2023

Ink on paper

8 ½ x 11 inches

Dash Snow

Caroline: Dash was my older brother, we were only a year apart. When he died I felt like a part of me died too. Dash remains close to my heart as does his daughter Secret and wife Jade. Jade and I worked together in choosing Dash’s piece for Treasures from Hell. While filming her documentary Moments Like These Never Last, Cheryl Dunn asked me what my favorite memory of Dash was. At the time I was so overwhelmed I couldn’t find an answer. But I do have a memory of him that I cherish.

As kids Dash and I went to Vieques, an island off the coast of Puerto Rico. The government used to test bombs there leaving a lot of decay. The water was phosphorescent. One night we took rowboats to a specific spot and jumped in the water. In the darkness the water would light up when you moved in it. Dash loved it and started swimming around me to make me glow in the dark. It was a thing he did: when he was excited about something he wanted you to be excited too. He shared the love. I loved that about him. I don’t think you can go to Vieques anymore, it’s off limits. Moments like this never last.

When Frank and I were planning Treasures from Hell I knew Dash had to be in the show. He loved shiny things, like a magpie. Whenever I had something shiny that he liked he would ask for it and I usually gave it to him. I chose a piece titled The Stuff Dreams are Made Of. It’s a collection of found objects under a glass dome. A stack of books with titles like Bad Blood, Lobster Boy, The Vampire Killers, Evil Harvest, Gods from Outer Space, Satanism and Witchcraft, The Complete Jack the Ripper and Zodiac. The books have deeper meaning as I helped him source the books for another sculpture called Book Fort. He was seeking “the most fucked up books about the most fucked up, weird things” which are basically true crime and occult books. Some of the books were from my personal library while he found others in thrift stores. For the online book purchases, I had to help him. Dash was against technology and didn’t know (or want to know) how to use a computer. Also inside The Stuff Dreams are Made Of: a French coin that doubled as a pocketknife, he had given me a matching one. A Virgin Mary statue with black paint dripping over her head. Empty vials. A red rosary, a string of pearls. An animal skull. And on top, a gold high heel shoe that belonged to me.

While Frank and I were listening to Timothy Wyllie’s Ask Your Angels cassettes, I felt the strong presence of Dash around me. The message I received was that he was happy about the work we were doing, and he was proud.

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

2005

Bell jar, mixed media
Brice and Helen Marden Collection

31 x 18 inches

Original Polaroid

Original Polaroid