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Last Weekend to See Stephen Romano’s Materia Prima at Blam Projects

Installation View
All Photos By Gail

Oops. This is what happens when you are distracted by a neo-fascist stealing a national election, accompanied with the onset of the holiday season and other various mind-numbing events: you neglect to blog about an art exhibit until it’s nearing its very last day of installation. My bad!

Crowd Scene
Materia Prima Opening Reception

In my defense, the exhibit just opened on November 4th, and three weeks does not seem like very long for something that, arguably, should be up for at least 4 to 6 weeks, amigright? Sure I am. Anyway, Materia Prima, curated by Stephen Romano, whose eponymous gallery is still without a permanent home, collects a de rigueur thematic presentation of art depicting sex, death, horror, spirituality and other ethereal and metaphysical delights from artists near and far, including:

Alexis Karl, Sarah Zar, Hanna Jaeun, Nyahzul Blanco, Barry William Hale, Dolorosa De La Cruz, Alessandro Sicioldr, Linnea Strid, Colin Christian, Lena Viddo, Gigi Chen, Erin O’Shea, Steven Bradshaw, Samuel Gliner, Damien Michaels, Cendrine Ravoni, Ken Weaver, Jel Ena, Teiji Hayama, John D. Monteith, Ray Robinson, P54, Jaya Suberg, Erna KD, Charlotte Rodgers, Steven Baines, Luke Grochocki, Orryelle Defenestrate, Inge Vandormael, Cecilia Avendaño Bobillier, Marko Velk, Travis Lawrence, Judith Vergara García, William Blayney AW Sommers, Brian Sparrow, William Mortensen, Lori Field, Charles Dellschau, Jacob Bohme, and Darcilio Lima

Check out some of our favorite pieces!

Looking for Magic Gigi Chen
Left: Savages By Lori Field. Right: Looking for Magic By Gigi Chen

Lori Field Savages
Savages By Lori Field

I finally got to meet artist Lori Field at the opening reception after worshiping her art for two years. Everything she does is genius. Also, she is super nice.

Steven Baines Ready For The Sun
Steven Baines, Ready For The Sun

Black Sculptures

I don’t know they name of the artist of the works above, but they are pretty cool. I am sure that Stephen will tell me and then I can add it later. Because, the Internet!

Erin Oshea Lil Buddy
Erin Oshea, Lil Buddy

This one is adorable.

Druids

I like these Druid guys.

Installation View

Ken Weaver 1000 Years After I Am Gone
Ken Weaver, 1000 Years After I Am Gone

This hyper-realist portrait from Ken Weaver looks like it was inspired by a character in a Rob Zombie-directed film.

Occult Sex Japanese Sexploitation Film Poster Directed-by Shinya Yamamoto Starring Yuki Minami 1974
Occult Sex Japanese Sexploitation Film Poster Directed-by Shinya Yamamoto Starring Yuki Minami, 1974

Japanese Movie Program For Suspiria By Dario Argento 1977
Japanese Movie Program For Suspiria By Dario Argento, 1977

Jel Ena Madea
 Madea By Jel Ena

Hanna Jaeun Tentacle Girl
Hanna Jaeun, Tentacle Girl

Materia Prima Ends Sunday, Saturday November 27th! Blam Projects is Located at 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Materia Prima Signage

Two Monkeys

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Stephen Romano Presents Opus Hypnagogia at the Morbid Anatomy Museum

Morbid Anatomy Museum Building
All Photos By Gail

It’s been more than a few months since the Stephen Romano Gallery closed its location in Dumbo and went in search of a new home, and it has been sorely missed; not only for its unique exhibits of engaging art, and the cutting-edge artists that Romano goes out of his way to promote and support, but for the invaluable sense of community he has helped to cultivate among artists, writers, collectors and fans – which is just indispensable. Fortunately, while the gallery waits to move into a new space, Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum stepped in to offer Stephen Romano the opportunity to curate another fantastic exhibit, Opus Hypnagogia, featuring items from his expansive personal collection as well as new works from many of the artists we’ve gotten to know through him and his gallery over the past year. This is an exciting exhibit!

Saint in the Window

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is a building that’s easy to spot, thanks to its imposing signage and its excellent corner lot location at Third Avenue and Seventh Street. You really can’t miss it. In addition to a gorgeous second-floor exhibit space, the museum is home to an eclectic gift shop and a lovely tiny café, both of which inhabit the ground floor of the building.

Gift Shop Taxidermy

The gift shop also serves as a place of exhibition and education, with its collection of taxidermy animals, specimens and collectible curios. Very fun!

Library Vitrine

On the second floor, adjoining the exhibit space, you’ll find a fascinating research Library with rare and collectible editions, as well as many glass vitrines showcasing a collection of fascinating medical specimens, Day of The Dead figurines and religious iconography from around the world.

Siamese Ducks
Siamese Baby Ducks

Angel Devil
Angel and Devil Day of The Dead Dolls Keep Company with a Collection of Teeth

Be sure to explore the Museum in its entirety during your visit, because there’s something to see and be fascinated by at every turn!

Installation View

Magia Naturalis Demons
Illustration of Demons from Faust’s Magia Naturalis et Innaturalis

With its inclusion of interconnected themes such as Religion, Horror and the Occult, Opus Hypnagogia, like the Museum itself, is both entertaining and informative. Perhaps the most enchanting and enigmatic item on view, or, rather, protected from handling in a vitrine in the room’s center, is Romano’s personal copy of  a rare edition of Doctor Johannes Faust’s Magia Naturalis et Innaturalis, which is an elaborately illustrated book of spells and conjuring, with text written in old German. Fascinating.

Magia Naturalis Snake Lady

Stephen was kind enough to personally page through the book with me so I could photograph some of the drawings. He told me that he outbid a famous Rock Star to become owner of this coveted and legendary grimoire.

Magia Naturalis Flying Demon

Fortunately, he did not have to sell his soul in the process. HA!

Magia Naturalis Faun

These drawings of beasts, demons and creatures are just amazingly detailed, and there are at least a hundred of them.

Kris Kuksi Tiny Church Tank

Being a huge fan of sculptor Kris Kuksi, we were delighted to see a miniature edition of his famous Church Tank, which was created specifically for this exhibit.

Kris Kuksi Tiny Church Tank

Kris Kuksi Tiny Church Tank

Church Tank!

El Gato Chimney

One of our favorite artists, Italian painter El Gato Chimney, contributed this large watercolor, as well as several smaller triptychs, which are beautiful and quite collectible.

El Gato Chimney Triptych

His work is amazing!

Martin Witfooth

One of the hottest contemporary artists on the scene right now, Martin Wittfooth, contributed this fantastic painting of a dog with ferns coming out of its mouth, which is displayed above a set of occult plaques.

Scrimshaw Ceremonial Wand

This Scrimshaw Ceremonial Wand, which was actually used as part of authentic incantation ceremonies, is displayed in the case alongside the Faust edition.

Owl And Hell Rider

Conjoined Demon Skull

Tennessee-based sculptor Matthew Dutton has a couple of his signature pieces in the show, including this Conjoined Demon Skull.

Demon with Kitty by Matthew Dutton

And this Demon created from found objects, which is holding a ceramic statue of a kitty wearing a wizard hat.

Kitty Wizard

Hilarious.

Opus Hypnagogia will be on exhibit through October 18th, 2015, and you can call the museum in advance of your visit at (347)799-1017 with any questions. Everyone who works there is very nice.

The Morbid Anatomy Museum is located at 424-A 3rd Avenue (Corner of 7th Street), Brooklyn, NY. Closest Trains are the F and the R. Admission is just $8.00.

Opus Hypnogogia Signage

Lost Souls

Stephen Romano Gallery Presents In Missa Interfectionis

Colin Christian Cat Woman
Art By Colin Christian (All Photos By Gail)

What a great discovery it was to find out about the existence of the Stephen Romano Gallery when I went to one of their first group shows last June. Even though it is a teeny bit of a jaunt from Manhattan to DUMBO, going there gives me an excuse to visit a very cool neighborhood that is home to lots of amazing street art. I also appreciate that Stephen Romano has a keen talent for curating these Surreal, Dark Pop exhibits that harken back the early days of the Last Rites Gallery, and even incite feelings of nostalgia for the late, great Bold Hype Gallery. What a bummer that that place had to close.

Girl with Red Flower
Chie Yoshii (Japan) Flower of Soul, 2014

Gallery View

So, it was a great pleasure to attend the opening reception last Saturday for one of Romano’s latest group shows, entitled In Missa Interfectionis; an eclectic exhibit of paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations all celebrating The Dance of Death, Hexes, Voodoo, Curses and Witchcraft — just in time for Halloween!

Alter with Pirate Skulls
Haitian Voodoo Altar Pirate Skulls! Argh!

In Missa Interfectionis features works by some of our favorite artists such as Colin Christian, El Gato Chimney, Darcilio Lima, Eric Richardson, Matthew Dutton and Peca, as well as contributions from over thirty additional artists.

Here are some of our favorite pieces from the show!

Eric Richardson Painting

Here is a new painting from Eric Richardson, an artist whose paintings always have so much going on in them; so many fine details and so many layers of meaning. I love his art. It was fun to get to spend some time with Eric and his awesome girlfriend Joy at the reception. They are so cool.

Matthew Dutton

Matthew Dutton is a sculptor who likes to make things with antlers and baby doll heads. Good for him! This piece is fantastic.

12 Lithographs
Theosophical Print Collection, c 1920’s Italy, Artist Unknown

Tattooed Woman and Child

I love the colors in this painting by Lori Field.

Carved Wooden Box

This ornately carved box, called Haxan by Colin Christian, reminded me of The Master’s Coffin from the TV Series, The Strain. Scary!

Glowing Orb with Skulls

How cool is this sculpture by Judy Chappus, with its glowing crystal orb, silver-painted Barbie Doll parts and lots of awesome skulls? I love everything about it!

Glowing Orb with Skulls

Here’s a closer look. So great!

Peca Hopi Dream

Here is a fun kinetic wall sculpture from the Hopi Dream series by the artist Peca. I love her mystical sensibilities.

Day of the Dead Lady

This gorgeous portrait of a Voodoo Priestess is by Aunia Kahn, who is just fantastic.

Bird House

This Birdhouse thing by Tine Kinderman is called Baba Yaga, after the Grande Old Dame of Slavic/Russian witchcraft. Be sure to take look inside for a scary surprise…

Three Candles
Banish Evil, Sacred Dirt, Virtual Candle (2014) By Ted Victoria

It might look like these three candles are in danger of setting fire to their wooden holders.

Electric Candle Close Up

But if you take a closer look, you can see that these flickering flames are electric! So clever!

El Gato Chimney

And here are two more by one of our favorites, El Gato Chimney. I love the little monkey face! As you can see, there are so many great pieces of art in this show. You really must get your art-loving self to DUMBO and see it in person!!

In Missa Interfectionis will be on Exhibit Through November 30th, 2014 at Stephen Romano Gallery, Located at 111 Front Street, Suite 208, DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Chinese Artist
Watercolors by Pulu Zhao (Beijing) a. Witch and Deer 巫和鹿 , b. Threaded 螺紋 c. Deer Doll 鹿娃娃 2014 d. Regression 回歸 2014