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Stranamore: A Show of Deranged Erotic Art at Brooklyn’s MF Gallery


Vintage Hustler Magazine Cover By Dwaine Tinsley (All Photos By Geoffrey Dicker, Click On Images to Enlarge for Detail)

Let’s be honest: no one likes to leave Manhattan. But it’s always worth a trip on the subway and a short walk through scenic Brooklyn to check out a new show at the MF Gallery. Owned and operated by super cool artist couple Martina and Frank Russo, MF specializes in art with an edge, and that is certainly apparent with their latest exhibit, entitled Stranamore – Italian for “Strange Love” – which opened last night.


“Cousin It’s Sister: The Stripper,” Ink Pen on Paper, Framed Cut Out, By Greg Maillard

Subtitled as “A Show of Deranged Erotic Art,” Stranamore gathers more than two dozen diverse works including a limited edition giclee from John John Jesse (still hot from his recent solo show at Soho’s Opera Gallery), Drawings by Kembra Pfahler of The Voluptuous Horror Of Karen Black, Classic Hustler Magazine cartoons by Dwaine Tinsley, Queer Punk Sculptures by Fernando Carpaneda, Horror Pinups by Greg Maillard, Psychedelic Chicks by Frank Russo, Perverse Drawings by Dave Brockie of GWAR and more deranged erotica by Jonathan Zeh, Riot Queer, Drew Maillard, Martina Secondo Russo and others.


Three Works By Drew Maillard Includes Two Highly Detailed Works on Scratchboard

As always, MF keeps the artwork affordable with many pieces selling in the $200 range. MF has also added an area at the back of the gallery where they display their art merchandise for sale, including original toys, T-shirts and Frank’s own line of Monster Faces Trading Cards. Very fun!

Stranamore, A Show of Deranged Erotic Art will be on Exhibit through August 21, 2011 by appointment only. Contact Martina or Frank at (917)446-8681 or email: info@MFgallery.net to make an appointment to see the show. The MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond Street in Brooklyn, New York (from Manhattan it’s an easy ride on the A Train to Hoyt/Schermerhorn Streets, then walk 8 blocks straight up Bond Street).

TT Underground Gallery Presents: Crazy Monsters Art Show

You have just one more week to see one of the most fun exhibits currently showing in NYC: TT Underground’s Crazy Monsters Art Show. Crazy Monsters features nearly 200 pieces of original artwork by 19 artists who mix humor with horror in their various portraits of monsters both fresh and famous.

“Metal Wolf” By Frank Russo (All Photos By Geoffrey Dicker)

Featured Artists Include:

STEPHEN BLICKENSTAFF

STEVE “PHECK” RITSUA

CHRISTIAN BRACCO

DARREN MARINUK

DANIELA FULLAM

PAIGE REYNOLDS

TIM LASTFOGEL

DENNIS BAUSER

JEFF LAMM

JASON EDMISTON

PATRICK MCQUADE

JUSTIN ERICKSON

JOSH BERNSTEIN

ERIK RODRIGUEZ

STEVE CHANKS

BRIAN EWING

GARY PULLIN

SEAN PRYOR

FRANK RUSSO

My favorites included three very clever portraits by artist Jason Edmiston, entitled “Tommy,” “Joey” and “Axl” which depicted outrageously hideous monsters, each of whom had styled themselves in the characteristic and instantly recognizable  accessories  of Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, Joey Ramone and Axl Rose, respectively. These three portraits, at $2,500 apiece, are also among the more expensive works in the exhibit, where many of the canvases are priced for collectors at between $50 and $350. This was also my first time visiting the TT Underground Gallery, which is a huge renovated space that serves as a great showcase for this unique collection. After checking out the show, be sure to spend time in the Toy Tokyo store at ground level, where they have a fantastic collection of Ron English collectible vinyl figures, among many other cool items for sale.

Crazy Monsters is on Exhibit through May 15th at TT Underground Gallery, Located at 91 Second Avenue Near 5th Street (Under Toy Tokyo) NYC.  Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 2:00-7:00 PM