New York, NY – New York art gallery Mighty Tanaka is pleased to bring you a sexy new show for the Spring called Seeing Double, featuring the tantalizing photography of Ellen Stagg and the captivating vinyl work of Hiroshi Kumagai. The Opening Reception for the show is April 12; the show will run Wednesdays through Sundays until May 2.

“Springtime allows us the freedom to release the shackles of a cold and dark winter and gifts us the ability to be completely rejuvenated within an upbeat new world,” says Mighty Tanaka of Seeing Double. “Yet, as the flowers rise once again to meet the changing climate, so does our pulse with the temptation of desire. Restrictive clothing is shed and the essence of pheromones drifts through the air and entices the soul. We are reawakened to the most instinctual of desires, that of eroticism and temptation.”

Seeing Double pairs two erotic art powerhouses side by side within this uninhibited exhibition. Mutually influenced by one another, both Ellen Stagg and Hiroshi Kumagai represent different approaches to analog art, as they each represent a unique perspective to the erotic art form. Together, they create an abstract realism that plays with the senses and invigorates new ideas within the interpretation of the art form.

Stagg and Kumagai utilize a number of techniques to achieve a low-fi medium within a digital age. From the lens of a Lomokino camera that mirrors the grainy qualities of the Super 8 home movies to the steady hand and exact nature of precisely executed vinyl work, Seeing Double displays the qualities and flexibility of the way we choose to interpret eroticism and the ability to expresses ourselves.

Stagg’s pieces will feature imagery of models including adult performers Justine Joli, Kelly Shibari, Jelena Jensen, Stoya, Lily LaBeau, April Flores, Masuimi Max and Charlotte Stokely, and more.

“This is the first time I have worked with moving pictures and a Lomokino for an art show,” says Stagg. “It’s new and exciting to work with a new medium, but that still uses real film.”

Stagg has been working with a Lomokino, Lomography’s 35mm manual film camera, for over a year – making mini silent films with some of her favorite models. The Lomokino takes a regular 35mm roll of film and makes about 140 long panoramic frames instead of 36 photo negatives. She scans in the strips of film and cuts out all 140 frames then puts it through iMovie, to transform the stills into a 30 second long mini film. The clicking Stagg adds from the actual sound that the Lomokino makes while she films these movies with the hand crank. She has then selected frames from the Lomokinos to print as movie stills on canvas to show an except from each film. These films are reminiscent of the 1970’s Super8 home movies, but more modern with Stagg’s sexy naked models in strip teases or with fun unusual props or just naked outside in random locations.

Opening Reception: April 12th, 6-9pm

Closing Reception: May 2nd, 6-9pm