If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer cuteness of the holiday season, if you feel you might explode if you see one more adorable snowman or peace dove, seek the poisonous antidote at the art show "Vampira." A sort of nightmare after Christmas, the little exhibit features two artists who go by single names: French and Diva. (Ironically, French is English and Diva is French.) Both create monsters: French's drawings of goat-horned demons, entwined knights, and eerie animal hybrids spring from some dark medieval apocalypse, while the creatures that grace Diva's lace-covered canvases appear to be torn from a lost Renaissance tapestry. In past shows, Diva has hung the gallery with shredded lace, a stylish cobweb that would nicely complement French's spidery line drawings. Whether or not this show includes that extra touch, it'll certainly spook the sainted reindeer out of the holidays and, as a bonus, if Santa didn't happen to bring you all the goodies you were expecting, the gallery is located in a Japanese toy store.
Jan. 1-Feb. 1, 2009