No, this isn’t some sort of Lady Gaga tribute.
“Monsterfaces,” a new exhibition at Tattoo Culture in Williamsburg, is a throwback to Saturday morning cartoons from the 1970s and ’80s, underground comics and Garbage Pail Kids trading cards.
By the dozens, Gowanus-based artist Frank Russo has crafted pop art heads out of plywood, brightly colored, psychedelic monsters with names like “Bride of Demon Ghoul,” a Kiss-esque, serpentine fright, and “Toxoid,” kind of like the Hulk, if he were exposed to radiation that melted his face.
The pieces — one to three feet in height — will adorn the walls of the gallery, and they will ultimately be part of a set of collectible art trading cards, in old-style wax packaging, out later this year through Monsterwax Inc.
So you can have your Monsterfaces in miniature, too.
“Monsterfaces” at Tattoo Culture Gallery [129 Roebling St. between N. Fifth and N. Sixth streets] opens Friday, April 2 and runs until May 6. For info, visit www.tattooculture.net,
— Meredith Deliso