The Dark Side of Disney

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La Luz de Jesus Gallery, LA’s most influential contemporary art space, opens today with a Disney the kids have never seen. Torn from the headlines, Disasterland is the Mexican artist Rodolfo Loaiza‘s tribute to pop culture, fashion, animation, horror films, and the undeniable attraction of celebrity. Fantasy surrenders to the inevitable apocalypse of 21st-century Hollywood. Fairy tale characters dominate his latest project—this time, an orgy of tabloid scandal. See Snow White in her high-ho drunken state; tense up as Freddy Krueger menaces our own Sleeping Beauty; watch as a Tarantino-esque Mulan decapitates her prey.

Drunk on Love 2

Kill Mulan

Disasterland is replete with cleverly composed pop-culture critiques in a familiar and unexpectedly candid style. Indeed, if Loaiza’s art looks familiar, it’s possible that you saw his Drunk on Love 2 painting in any number of the gossip columns that posted Snow White and the Huntsman star Liberty Ross’s tweet about her co-star Kristen Stewart’s affair with director/husband Rupert Sanders. It’s also possible that you saw his Magic Meat Dress on Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters fansite. (Here is Loaiza’s Flickr page.)

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