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NYC’s Hole Gallery Opens Pop Up Restaurant Hole Foods on 14th Street

Hole Foods Restaurant

While we were sorry to say goodbye to Chef Dave Martin’s woefully short-lived Meatball Factory, which shuttered its doors at the end of April, the space at the corner of 2nd Second Ave and 14th Street didn’t stay empty for long. In an exciting “Contemporary art gallery meets fun summer eatery” venture, the folks at The Hole Gallery have launched a pop up restaurant, cleverly named Hole Foods, which will serve a rotating menu of seafood and featured comfort food dishes in a vibrant, modern art gallery setting.

Creating a completely artist-designed space, Joe Grillo of the collective Dearraindrop has transformed the restaurant into a colorful den of artworks, with a neon drip mural (pictured above) across the ceiling, walls and floor, customized tables and tablecloths, painted furniture, video works, black light bathrooms (Yes!), a ceiling installation and interactive sound sculptures. He even made a customized chef suit and hat for the executive chef, Robert Rubba. Grillo has exhibited internationally and has his first big New York City solo show with The Hole this coming October.

We passed by the restaurant this past Sunday afternoon, feeling parched by the freakish late spring heat, and being excited to perhaps sit at the bar and enjoy a chilled and refreshing artsy cocktail. Alas, it was not be, as the Mother’s Day holiday found the place to be closed up tight. We did peek in the windows, however, and the place is pretty cool. The limited menu looks appealing also, but the big green B on the door makes us want to wait a few weeks to see if they can transform that into a much happier blue A. Hole Foods promises to fill their summer tenure with special art projects and performances, including a Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black night, with hostesses and servers in head to toe Karen Black make up (read: expect partial nudity). So, maybe the food isn’t what’s most important. We’ll see.

Hole Foods, a Three-Month Pop Up Restaurant, is located at 231 2nd Avenue (Northwest corner of 14th Street) in NYC and will be in Operation until August 5th, 2012. Phone 212-260-8015 for more information.

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).