Erotica In Wood by Rob Liptak

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2011 by ericzonk

APHRODITE Gallery is proud to present work by artist and wood craftsman Rob Liptak.  Erotica In Wood features well over 50 pieces of art in the style of Intarsia, Carvings, Woodburnings, etc…  Here are just a few interesting samples to whet your appetite!

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Here’s what Mr. Liptak says about his work:

My artistic expression began when a wood carving class drew my interest thirty years ago and it evolved into a career.   Carving bobbins and spools into Santa for Christmas shows has been rewarding, but when I started attending Science-Fiction/Fantasy shows, I realized I could expand my art into sexual/risqué themes without the threat of censorship.  A commission request to create a quarter-scale model of a classic bondage pose (Ball Tie) from an attendee at Marcon—an Ohio Sci/Fi Convention—introduced me to the Fetish community, expanding my erotic art even further.  Shows such as Anything For Love, Fetishcon, Frolicon, Shibaricon, Dirty Detroit have become part of the journey into self-awareness as well as an expansive form of my art expression.  Where did it begin?  My background is emergency medical and microbiology.  I believe my interest in the fetish art style has existed since childhood.  My two television idols were Julie Newmar as Catwoman and Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams.  Both wore slick, black, tight outfits, carried whips and were socially accepted, respected and admired.  My work is highly detailed.  I love pretty knots.  Shibari ties incorporate the details of interest and the use of the human body as canvas—it is beautiful.  Unfortunately, the image lasts only the length of the scene.  Wood is lasting and translates images well, especially in the intarsia style.  Basswood is a wonderful flesh tone.  White oak can mimic the finest hand-made hemp.  Some woods, sanded smoothly and deftly painted, can give the look of leather or latex.  I appreciate the opportunity to exhibit at Aphrodite Gallery and much thanks to Kali Morgan and Eric Zonk.

Join us for our Artist Reception on 4th Friday of September (Friday, September 23rd) from 7 – 9pm, at SEXPLORATORIUM on the 3rd Floor!  Meet Rob Liptak and come talk sexy fetish art with Eric ZONK!  And enjoy some sips and nibbles, and maybe a paddlin’ or two! 

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The PHOTO Erotic Show at APHRODITE Gallery

Posted in 2011 Artists on July 19, 2011 by ericzonk

APHRODITE GALLERY presents:  THE PHOTO EROTIC a group photography show of 11 deliciously talented and naughty artists with a knack for capturing all things SEXY, EROTIC and FINE! 

The roster of photographers include:  Gary Deal, David Swift, Amber Kirylak, J. Isobel De Lisle, Robert Neroni, Joe Beaulieu, Christopher Sonzogni, Lisolette Gilcrest, Jimmy Lin, and Andrew Kist.

Meet the artists for an opening reception you won’t want to miss, Friday July 22nd, from 7-9pm in the Aphrodite Gallery and view works of art for sale throughout the entire SEXPLORATORIUM building!

SISTERS of ABRAXAS @ PASSIONAL!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2011 by ericzonk

ART @ PASSIONAL Boutique is proud to present:  SISTERS of ABRAXAS by photographer Christopher Sonzogni

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Here’s what Mr. Sonzogni has to say about his work:

This series of work was inspired by my fascination with the much hidden meaning of ABRAXAS – a mystic word/symbol representing perfect balance in the universe.  A balance that can only exist beyond the false dichotomies of good/evil, right/wrong, pleasure/pain, etc.  The Master&Slave theme of  this series is meant to express the joys of dominance and submission, and how neither one can exist without the other, but when combined, produce natural order.  Aesthetically, these photos are intended to have a rather authoritarian feel to them.  Featuring: heel worship, restraint, discipline and Germanic occult symbolism.  The Sisters of Abraxas are models, Marowit Adalinda Volkh and Marion Elizabeth Smoot.

As a photographer and dealing in eroticism, I seek to capture what I like to term as “the inner witch” in my subjects.  By “witch” I mean seductress or one who has the power to make you look.  My interest in erotic photography began with my love for glamorous looking women.  I have always preferred scantily dressed ladies over mere naked ones.  That is not to say I’m unable to see the beauty in a nude woman.  However, I find there to be a sense of magic in seeing a girl walk into a room wearing a mini skirt and high heels, with scarlet red lips.  If the straps of a garter belt are revealed, all the better I say!

I’m a self-taught free lance photographer residing in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  Although, I much enjoy eroticism, my creative energies are certainly not limited to just that.  I also relish in photographing a lot of still life, nature, animals and just basically whatever happens to grab my attention at a given time.  My work more than often does tend to lean towards the dark and macabre.  I have always had a fixation with… things the majority would prefer not to see, hear or talk about.  It is the most taboo of things in life that deserve my attention most I feel, as I have found there is usually much truth and wisdom in those shadowy corners of reality that frighten most.  My inspirations for themes may range from: the occult, mythology, war, horror films, books I read and more.  My ultimate goal at this point is to build a name for myself as a visual artist and to eventually gain a following of like-minded fans.

JOIN US for the Opening Reception on 4th Friday of June (June 24th) from 7pm – 9pm!  Meet the photographer and maybe even the Divas that are The Sisters of Abraxas!

Bridget Baran’s Kitschy Kinky Collages!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 13, 2011 by ericzonk

Bridget Baran brings the glitz, the glamour and the kink to Aphrodite Gallery with her kitschy collages.  Pulling from vintage porn mags and small, 3-dimensional objects, the likes of finds in the Free Bin at Philly AIDS Thrift, to create kitschy, maybe campy, maybe even offensive collage on wood,  but IF you’re offended, it’s your fault…  With titles like MILK MY UDDERS and CLEAN AS A WHISTLE, you’re bound to get a riotous laugh out of this show!  Heck, you’d get a riotous laugh hanging one of these in your guest bathroom!  So come on down and get carried away with abounding sexual innuendos that are sure to leave you begging for more!

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THESE IMAGES ARE SO RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME AND FUNNY…you just have to come in and see them for yourself!  The show will hang through to the end of JUNE!  Don’t miss it!

Philadelphia’s first BDSM Literary Salon at Aphrodite Gallery

Posted in 2011 Artists, Events on April 19, 2011 by Kali Morgan

The Erotic Literary Salon and Sexploratorium join forces to produce, for the first time ever in Philadelphia…

The BDSM Literary Salon

Monday, April 25th, 7-9PM
In the Aphrodite Gallery at Sexploratorium
620 S. 5th St. in Philadelphia
FREE Admission, but tickets are limited!

Complimentary refreshments.
Click event title to register in advance
or call Sexploratorium 215-923-1398!


Georges Topfer illustration on a Jean de Virgan book representing a flogging in Ancient Rome

Share your works or those of others, or just come to listen & enjoy. Sexologist Susana Mayer will present a brief discussion and read excerpts from pieces produced during the “golden age” of early 20th century French spanking literature.

Prizes for original “classic-style” BDSM poetry reading!

Discount coupon to Philadelphia’s next Erotic Literary Salon for all who attend!

LADY LAURA Returns to APHRODITE!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2011 by ericzonk

With such a resounding turn out at her last show at APHRODITE Gallery last year, we are so excited to bring Lady Laura Aceto back to APHRODITE Gallery for the months of March & April of 2011… With new works from her “Kindred Kink” Series…here’s what she has to say about this body of work:

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KINDRED KINK

“Kindred Kink” presents a collection of acrylic paintings, collage and drawings that depict a variety of relationships, BDSM and fetish themes, uniting our widely diverse community as one kinky tribe, celebrating our differences and similarities, no matter our sexual ID or proclivity.  The lighthearted “Magic Carpet Ride” and “Hold That Tiger”, and the more intense “Caged” all represent the FemDom sensibility, as do the unique collages “Roughing It” and “Catspirations”, which Lady Laura describes as “FemDom Gone Wild.”

On the submissive side of things, “Dahlia Floating” is an ethereal representation of subspace, while “You Always Knew” and “Lily in Chains” express an introspective declaration of submissive desire.  There’s also a humorous nod to the 50’s household style in the collage “Domestic Bliss”.

Lady Laura’s signature fetish still life paintings group BDSM/fetish objects together with more traditional, yet subtly erotic, fruits and vegetables, as in “Collared Pepper” and “Late Summer Plums”.  The “Red Boots”, “Open Back”, “Shoe in Black & Blue” and “Just For Show” are strikingly straightforward celebrations of fetish wear, and the kinky mindset it takes to appreciate its beauty.

Also included in the show are several portraits of spectacular dominant Women: “Lady Ess” (Jan), “Ms James” (Feb), and “The Look” (Mar) are the first 3 of a 12-month calendar series.  Rounding out the exhibit is a series of 8 miniature drawings of female figures with a kinky flair.  These little jewels of fetish art offer the opportunity to own a Lady Laura original at an affordable price.  Also available for purchase are 20 different 5×7 greeting cards, as well as 11×14 prints of many of the paintings and collages in the show, which can be found in the Fashion boutique PASSIONAL at 704 South 5th street, just down the street from Sexploratorium (620 South 5th Street), the home of APHRODITE Gallery!

Please join us for a naughty celebration of her work and the wonderfully diverse world of Fetish, BDSM and Kink and kinksters on 4th Friday of March 25th, hosted by the fabulous Veronica Bound, from 7 – 9pm!

For ARTISTS!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 9, 2011 by ericzonk

For Upcoming Artists booked/scheduled for a show or artists interested in showing their work at APHRODITE Gallery or ART @ PASSIONAL Boutique, please read through the following Pages (found on the right side bar):  About Aphrodite Gallery, Interested in Exhibiting FAQ’s and INFO for ARTISTS

There  you will find the answers to most of your questions re: who to contact, how to present your work for consideration for exhibition and if and when you are booked/scheduled for a show in either location, under INFO for ARTISTS, are all of things you need to consider in preparation for your show!

We appreciate you taking the time to review ALL of this information before asking and inundating our staff with tons o’ questions…