Dungeons and Dragons in an LES Gallery

Casey Jex Smith, Zagyg and Minions, 2010, Pen and ink on paper, 11 × 8.5 inches. Courtesy of Allegra LaViola Gallery.

Last Friday night was the culminating ceremony for “Doomslangers,” a project by Casey Jex Smith that premiered at the Allegra LaViola Gallery on East Broadway. The event marked the end of a 3-day, live action Dungeons and Dragons tournament in the gallery’s basement. Leading up to the tournament, eight artists had been invited by Casey Jex Smith to play in a long-distance D&D campaign, which took place over a period of five months. The gamers participated from various parts of the country using videochat and were asked to make art in reaction to their experience.