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Monday May 7, 2007

June 9th Nick Baxter solo art show opening!

"Surfacing" Recent works by Nick Baxter June 9 – July 8, 2007 Opening Reception June 9, 5-9 pm The fine art gallery space at Off The Map Tattoo Studio in Easthampton, Massachusetts, will present an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Nick Baxter entitled ‘Surfacing.’ The exhibition, which is Nick’s first ever solo showing, will open on June 9 and continue through July 8, 2007, and will feature 20 all new, thematically interwoven works. The opening reception from 5 – 9 pm on June 9 will coincide with the ongoing Art Walk Easthampton event, which takes place on the second Saturday of every month. A multi-faceted fine artist and well-known tattooer working in southern Connecticut for several years now, this is Nick Baxter’s first opportunity to bring his artistic vision to the masses in the scope and form of a one-man show. This exhibition will feature ten interlocking and interrelated photorealistic oil paintings of fleshy, grotesque, layered macro-scapes. These will be juxtaposed with ten large-scale photographs of similar subject matter, with the goal of blurring the distinctions between the two mediums in order to further enhance the somewhat surreal, conceptualized content of the works. This approach will help immerse the viewer even more into Nick’s ongoing artistic theme of wavering logical and emotional certainties, warped realities and disorienting paradoxes, which he uses as a means of portraying the phenomena of violence, alienation, fear, and the denial of death in our crumbling and chaotic (post)modern society. This dark outlook is not all that Nick aims to offer, however, as the works in this show will include symbols of emerging beauty and ragged hope to help illustrate the positive intentions of the theme ‘Surfacing.’ To further this positive message and help provide answers to the often shocking and grim questions that his artwork aims to evoke, Nick will be giving away a myriad of completely free literature in the form of pamphlets, ‘zines, and even books. This material will deal with the social and political themes underlying Nick’s artwork from a primarily anarchist perspective, but all are invited to come view the artwork and read about some possible solutions to the problems facing our lives and our world. www.nickbaxter.com www.offthemaptattoo.com 112 Cottage Street 413-527-6574

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