Steve Can­de­lario: Un­ti­tled tat­too de­sign 2018, wa­ter­color on archival pa­per

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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.

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