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Disney and Horror Get Mashed Up in 'DisHollywood'

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Disney characters are some of the most beloved in pop culture. They are also the most popular to skewer because who doesn't want to bring a dose of reality to the pristine, porcelain characters?

Artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros has a new show at the La Luz de Jesus gallery in Los Angeles called "DisHollywood" in which he does just that: skewer the perfect Disney template in a way we haven't seen since we talked about these Twisted Disney Princesses

From the gallery website:

This exhibition pays tribute to the world of Hollywood, and the influence that film, television and music video has had on contemporary pop culture. It is a collection of visual curiosities that pushes the audience to reimagine the world of pop as a personalized mash-up with the freedom to merge situations, rewrite the script, and provide new dialogue in alternative scenarios to tell new stories.

DisHollywood is also a barometer for measuring our tolerance and acceptance levels; a new way of observing the “happy ending” that trumpets the time of equality is now. In contrast to the baroque fantasy implied by the original, idealized presentation of these characters, a new context of social vulnerability shows the darker side of our contemporary society.


The 22 pieces showing in the gallery include various characters engaged in sweet, homosexual kisses; injecting steroids; marveling at a dildo; snorting coke; and meeting the "true" Lion King: Lionel from Thundercats. Naturally, here at FEARnet, we are particularly interested in some of the horror-themed paintings Ontiveros will have on display. My favorite is the Swamp Creature painting.

 

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