Currently on view:
Marrero Twists Christmas with ‘Happy Effin’ Holidays!’ at The Studios of Key West
Opening Reception for the New Exhibition, Thursday, November 17, from 6-9 pm
Forget the patter of reindeer paws this holiday season. Florida Keys photographer, Michael Marrero, tears open the shutters and throws up the sash with a twisted photo exhibit for a twisted season.
Drunken Santas, angry elves, and reindeer stew kick-off the holiday fare with more than 25 holiday scenes created by Marrero with well known Keys businesses that run the gamut from restaurants and brew pubs to publishers, locksmiths, beauty salons and dentists. The participants have been tight-lipped, but Marrero promises over-the-top holiday scenes featuring well-known residents indulging in outrageous holiday behavior.
“The scenes are the kind of Christmas cards you would expect from your crazy uncle – if he stopped drinking long enough to send a Christmas card.” Marrero explained. “This isn’t a show for children. Adults who still believe in Santa or the sanctity of Christmas might want to stay at home too, but people who love the quirkiness of Key West will find this puts them right into the holiday spirit and keeps them laughing well into the new year.”
Marrero is known for his photo and video work throughout North America. His feature-length films have been shown in festivals around the world and he is a frequent contributor to shows at The Red Barn Theatre and Tropic Cinema. His most recent exhibit premiered at The Studios of Key West last November. Titled ‘ReMARCable’s’, it showcased the life dreams of Monroe’s disabled citizens and earned him the MARC House Volunteer of the Year Award, as well as being exhibited at the State Capital.
”As rewarding as last years show was I wanted to step into something more silly and fun for this years exhibit,” continues Marerro. ” To be honest, I don’t think I could have picked a project more polar opposite in terms of style and tone. The holiday images are meant to be campy, colorful, offensive and most importantly, fun.”
Happy Effin’ Holidays promises to deliver the impact of a strong Christmas nog. The 20”x30” metallic prints will be available for purchase opening night, as will the coveted Effin’ Holiday Card Set featuring all 25 scenes (and a few that were too risqué for public viewing).
The event unwraps November 17 from 6-9 at TSKW and continues through December 18. Admission is free. Stop by opening night for photos with Drunk Santa, cash bar, a miscreant elf and an unforgettable holiday experience with friends that could only happen in Key West.
This exhibition is sponsored by Santiago’s Bodega.