Exhibition: May 7 – June 5, 2022
Ontiveros on view from May 7-June 5th 2022.
In Blood Masters, José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros brings a whole new definition to the word, “happy endings.” Though the subjects of his paintings are familiar cartoon faces, José Rodolfo’s compositions are far from familiar. Through the darkly humorous appropriation and manipulation of classic cartoons and pop-cultural icons, the artist is able to subvert the clean-cut hetero- normative fairytale structures from which his characters are plucked. Whether it be two princesses kissing, or a beloved fairytale prince participating in illicit drug activity, Rodolfo’s compositions are meant to shock, discomfort, and highlight the unrealistically sanitized perfection that these characters stand for. By tossing these squeaky-clean figures into grim, radical, and socially disobedient vignettes, Rodolfo not only shocks his viewer but begs the question: why are we shocked? Why does a more realistic reflection of our flawed contemporary reality surprise us more than a picture-perfect vision of fairytale utopia?
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