Allentown: “Heads and Limbs” by Martina and Frank Russo

Posted by The G on April 29, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photo courtesy of the MF Gallery.

Heads and Limbs

Allentown!  Cancel all your plans because I’m about to tell you about an event you won’t want to miss on April 30, 2011.  Artists Martina and Frank Russo of the MF Gallery (in New York and Italy) are bringing their work to Allentown for a 2 person show entitled “Heads and Limbs” at Five One Six Gallery at Art N Soul Studios (located at 516 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101).  Curated by Frankie Velez, the opening night reception will commence Saturday April 30th, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm and the show will be on display from April 30 – May 26, 2011.

After the jump, read the press release.

Martina Secondo Russo (Italy/U.S.A.) was born in Genoa, Italy but has lived in New York City for most of her life. She paints both on canvas, and on plywood cut into the shapes of limbs and full human bodies. Her work is inspired by: horror, tattoos, toys, renaissance art, pin-up art, and the juxtaposition of beauty with the grotesque.
For this show, she will be presenting two life sized “pin-ups”, covered in tattoos depicting everything from Halloween decorations, classic Tattoo Flash, Skulls and many other images. Alongside the full figures, she will be showing a dozen or so “Tattooed Limbs”… Hands, feet and arms with bloody stumps, which appear to have been freshly ripped off a tattooed victim.
Frank Russo (U.S.A.) is a Brooklyn Artist who has been drawing comic books since the age of nine. His art fuses a life-long love for trash culture and fast music with a wide variety of styles and media such as comics, paintings, toys, props and costumes.
His infamous “Monsterfaces” were featured on a series of Collectable Art Trading Cards (of the same name) released in 2007 by Monsterwax Inc. Aliens, Monsters, Robots, Skeletons, Hideous Beasts, Witches and Grizzly Ghouls are all part of this collection of monster head wooden cutouts, painted with acrylic in bright psychedelic colors.  In addition to his “Monsterfaces”, Frank will also be showing an assortment of other paintings, drawings and comic strips will be sure to inspire many a tattoo design.

Since 2003, these two artists have been showing the best in Horror Pop Underground Art at their NYC art space, MF Gallery. In 2009, they opened a second gallery in Genoa, Italy where they continue to show artists from around the world.  Now, Martina and Frank are bringing a selection of their best “Heads & Limbs” to 516 Gallery at Art N Souls Studios. The Gallery, located at 516 W. Hamilton Street in Allentown, PA, will be serving food, as well as drinks courtesy of Dulce Vida Tequila for the Opening Party on Saturday, April 30th from 7 to 10pm. Admission is free and open to all ages.
For more information, high resolution images of the art, or to set up interviews with the artists, contact Frankie Velez at (718)593-9059 or Art n Soul Studios at (610)433-4850.

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