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Stefan Tcherepnin, Glam Flying Fox, 2017, faux fur, synthetic leather, 61 x 68 x 12".

Stefan Tcherepnin

Real Fine Arts

Stefan Tcherepnin, Glam Flying Fox, 2017, faux fur, synthetic leather, 61 x 68 x 12".

In recent years, artist and composer Stefan Tcherepnin’s work has featured a number of “Cookie Monsters,” who appear again and again in his performances, videos, and sculptures. These “bad” copies come in a range of colors, with googly eyes askew, and sloppy, sagging fur. I’m told that one might represent the Sesame Street character’s “evil Russian twin,” though each also resembles a bootlegged Times Square costume. In other words, we’re looking at a “poor man’s Cookie Monster,” with more pathos than the original. These monsters, however, also carry with them a more adult form of comedy—confused, crazed, homeless, cracked-out or drunk, silly despite obviously bad circumstances—a kind of maniaAAAARGHGGRHRH. It gets a laugh, or at least a LOL.

In Tcherepnin’s exhibition at Real Fine Arts (the first at its temporary location near Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn) he adopted a

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