Steve Candelario: Untitled tattoo design 2018, watercolor on archival paper
Zalma Lofton Gallery, 407 S. Guadalupe St., 505-670-5179 An exhibition “dedicated to the human anatomy without skin,” as the gallery states, might seem a morbid subject for your viewing pleasure, but not when it’s in advance of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and not when it honors a long tradition of death’s symbolic depiction in art. Perhaps nowhere have skeletal images been woven into cultural expression more than in the annual Mexican festival, which serves as a remembrance of those who have died and a reminder of our own mortality. Día de los Muertos has its roots in pre-Columbian rites, but today, the dead are commemorated in a multitude of styles and mediums including tattoo arts and the art of the santero. Zalma Lofton Gallery’s exhibition Bone to Pick, presented in conjunction with True Grit Tattoo of Albuquerque, opens Friday, Oct. 12, with a reception at 5 p.m. Artists include Toby Morphine, Carlo Martinez, Rudy Lopez, Steven Candelario, and others.