Artist Dash Snow died last evening at a downtown hotel as the result of a drug overdose, according to a report issued earlier today by media blog Gawker and confirmed in the New York Times by the artist’s grandmother, the art collector and philanthropist Christophe de Menil. According to de Menil, Snow had entered rehabilitation in March, and had stopped using drugs until recently. He was 27 years old.
Snow, a co-founder of the Irak graffiti crew, first came to prominence in 2007 when he was featured in a New York Magazine article alongside longtime friends and artists Ryan McGinley and Dan Colen. Snow, who became an artist almost accidentally after emancipating himself from his storied family as a young teenager, was an almost mythical figure on the downtown scene. Indeed, his Polaroid photographs, collages, and video works, social commentaries in themselves, have come to epitomize that very scene. Snow was represented by Peres Projects at the time of his death. His work is currently on view as part of a group show, “Minneapolis,” at the gallery’s Los Angeles space; it is also featured in “Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture” at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Snow is survived by his partner, Jade, and an infant daughter, Secret.
[For an extended tribute to Snow, including a photo gallery of the artist’s work, visit Interview Magazine. See Photo by Craig McDean for Interview Magazine.]