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Disney and Horror Get Mashed Up in 'DisHollywood'


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.