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CARPAZINE 

'Pop-Porn' 

is Neo-Pop Erotica for the Masses!

Fernando Carpaneda was a top choice for his unwavering devotion to the human figure and its inherent eroticism. His voracious engagement in the causes of diversity and punk culture led him to exhibit at Art Basel in Miami, the Tom of Finland Foundation in California, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York and most recently a one person show at MF Gallery. His immaculate figures in Pop-Porn, writhing in ecstasy with bloody pieces of meat harken to his love of classical figures such as Michelangelo’s slaves, but thrust into Pop culture, assimilating them into an erotic Punk counterculture iconography. Fernando Carpaneda was named as a Juror's Choice for Visual Art at the 2016 Seattle Erotic Art Festival. "The Rebirth of Punk" sculpture was one of three pieces of art to receive the award.

Anna Park, albeit the youngest artist of the group, is creating very edgy charcoal drawings conveying intimacy and alienation. There is a dark sinister sexiness in her work that speaks of the more lurid aspects in society but also reflect on her own personal connection. Her work reminds the viewer of the photographer Weegee's graphic black and white photos of crime scenes; they show the mundane underbelly of our Pop-culture in human and other-worldly interactions. She writes about her work:, "Charcoal as my medium of choice allows me a deep level of intimacy with my work... It is for me an immersive experience, one I hope to share with the viewer through snapshots in black and white that convey the transient nature of all human experience.

Ellen Stagg, a Brooklyn-based photographer, and true multi-media enterprenuer, uses adult actresses and other exotic models to show the erotic beauty of the feminine body which she uses to empower and celebrate all types of women. Much of her art is unique and experimental, combining sensuous female figures, nature and a playful exploration of film and digital effects. Her Polaroids, shown in Pop-Porn, harken to Andy Warhol's own use of the medium to capture many of the famous and infamous denizens of the Pop culture world.

Pop-Porn will debut at MF Gallery in Brooklyn on Jan. 12th 2019. Curated by Matt Myers, aka Eronin, Pop-Porn spotlights five artists working with modern concepts of eroticism and desire, and how it is essential to us right now. Just like Warhol, Wesselmann and Lichtenstein drew from everyday images from mass media and popular culture to create Pop-Art, Pop-Porn also draws from mass media, but from more provocative sources. There is a ever-growing trend in major venues and even auction houses to promote erotica as valid and essential. For two years in a row, Sotheby’s London has celebrated erotica in their highly successful public auctions aptly titled: ‘Erotic: Passion & Desire’, and last year the first London Erotic Festival premiered with two of the artists featured in Pop-Porn; Eronin, and Fernando Carpaneda.

Matt Myers, aka Eronin, has worked and shown his art at Sotheby’s NY auction house since 2001. He became keenly aware of a cross-connect between Pop-Art and Eroticism, and the idea of Pop-Porn emerged as a platform to showcase a group of artists and a movement sharing this vision. In Pop-Porn, his over-lifesize watercolors of modern day Japanese porn stars in ecstasy are directly connected to traditional Japanese Shunga from a century or more earlier. In addition to the recent Thailand and London show, he has been in various other erotic themed exhibitions in the U.S. He attributes his earliest influence into Japanese eroticism when he discovered old World War II photos of his Dad with Japanese bar hostesses and prostitutes.

Martina Secondo Russo, was born in Genoa, Italy, but has lived in New York City since she was four years old. Her art focuses on Pop-culture trends of tattoos, Pin-ups and Horror, often mixing the genres to create a dystopian look on life. In her "Bellezze Al Bagno" ("Bathing Beauties") series, she depicts Italian movie stars from the 1950's-70's in iconic locations from her native region of Liguria, to create a nostalgic look into her own past. Like Wesselmann's nudes and seashore icons, she sexualizes and romanticizes the heroines of her Italian Pop culture. In her newest acrylic paintings, she takes a look at the playful yet risqué world of vintage fetish / s&m... Nude bodies with big hair and black leather are placed on bright pop-art colored backgrounds.