If it sometimes feels as though NYC is in short supply on low-brow art, there’s probably a reason. The style has long been a harbinger of hot rod, tiki, burlesque, and surf eye candy—genre’s whose origins are decidedly non-East Coast. Rob Corradetti doesn’t seem to care.

The illustrator has been hanging around Brooklyn long enough to’ve held a studio at the first Secret Project Robot in Williamsburg, which makes him a part of the aughts DIY explosion that eventually gave way to the gentrification of much of the borough. It’s not Corradetti’s fault, though he did recently start drawing comic strips for that smarmy hipster zine of record: Vice (see his boards here).

Corradetti also has a web page that sells his more ephemeral wares like patches, buttons, and stickers.

He is perhaps best known for his blacklight silkscreen posters, which marry the ’60s psychedelic poster with the fink/monster style of luminaries like Basil Wolverton, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, and Matt Groening. Corradetti often abstracts his pop culture icons—Bart Simpson, E.T., the Chesire Cat from Alice in Wonderland—or opens up their heads for a peak inside. There the fictional is given its own Lacanian gaze, while we of flesh and blood are confronted with the darkest corners of our imagination. (Brian Chidester)


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