Q&A: PROFANITY POP’S ARTIST TURNS OUT DISNEY CLASSICS

Disney’s subtle innuendos aren’t so subtle anymore. Artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros challenges the conventions of household Disney character’s in his latest exhibition at Le Luz De Jesus Gallery, Profanity PopThe artist takes mainstream childhood imagery and inserts contemporary themes such as plastic surgery, gay marriage and drug use. The show definitely challenges the way the media and pop culture are presented to and how they influence the masses. It’s just nice to step away a bit and see Cinderella being a bad, bad girl. We got a chance to ask José more about his work + life:

LA CANVAS MAGAZINE: Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

JOS´E RODOLFO LOAIZA ONTIVEROS: I am an artist from Mexico. I paint topical scenarios that incorporate beloved characters as a form of social criticism.

LAC: What are the main musings behind ‘Profanity Pop’?

JRLO: Profanity Pop is a celebration of creative freedom in our time that incorporates Mythology, Religion and the representation of power as manifested in the great works from antiquity. With Profanity Pop, I pay tribute to specific historical works that have inspired not only myself, but many generations. These universal themes are once again narrated by beloved animated characters, but in the guise of the divine and with all the fragility of martyrs. Away from the paradise of happy endings, the pastel sprinkled drama takes on a vulnerability that juxtaposes subversively with situations never similarly interpreted.

LAC: It is apparent that your work is Disney-centric. What fascinates you about this type of imagery?

JRLO: I grew up watching cartoons, and animation was my introduction to the visual arts. As is often the case with early influences, the characters appeared in formal projects much later. In 2007 I began a project that would become the focus of my work to date, where these characters and our ‘Social Disenchantment’ were the protagonists. There is an aesthetic that is both appealing and appalling about unrealistically happy endings. They can be inspiring, but also insipid. Dichotomy is fundamentally interesting. 

LAC: There is also an LGBT theme in your work. How does that aspect relate to the Disney theme?

JRLO: We are no longer in the Dark Ages. I think art should be frank, not hypocritical, and I present subject matter that is considered inappropriate by some people in an effort to get them to see things in a different perspective. The things that we never talked about have become quite topical, and this generation mustn’t be afraid to confront bigotry and misunderstanding square-on. If we are to believe in happy endings, we must believe in happy endings for everyone, not just a single group, whether the majority or not.

LAC: What’s it like being part of the art scene here in LA?

JRLO: I’m not an L.A. artist. I live in Mexico, but I love visiting Los Angeles, and I always make a special trip to Disneyland when I’m here.

Check out “Profanity Pop” at La Luz de Jesus Gallery  — ongoing until August 31st, 2014

THE SCOOP: THESE AFTER-DARK EVENTS FROM DBA ARE SURE TO SPRUCE UP YOUR WEEKDAYS

It’s not often the LAC crew is jumping at the opportunity to go clubbing in West Hollywood. Trust us, we’ve had our fair share of overpriced cocktails, bandage dresses, cigarette stains, and interminable bathroom lines. We’ve crisscrossed down the alley of youthful, boisterous, all-night merriment and landed exhausted, slightly grumpy, and a bit more introverted. Let’s just have a kiki and call it a night.

Suffice it to say, we’re itching for a bit more from our nights out these days. And thankfully our pals at DBA have finally delivered. These guys have figured out a nightlife hack: go curatorial and you’ll never get old. And with stimulating program to boot (theatrical events, spoken word, live music & DJs, top-notch literary speakers—you name it) nearly every night of the week, DBA offers far more than the typical, LA, after-dark expectation. Breathe a sigh of relief dear Angelenos—your weekdays just got way more compelling.

Peep below to get the scoop on what’s on the horizon for August from our favorite, new, nighttime symposium:

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AUGUST 5TH – GOLDBLUM AND THE MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTRA

Perhaps the only thing better than watching Jeff Goldblum play piano and banter with the crowd is watching Bill Nye perform science experiments (hint, hint DBA). Watch Goldblum, accompanied by the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra covort, clown, and tickle your ear holes. Early arrival is encouraged, as he’s known to joke around with the audience before the show is even scheduled to begin.

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AUGUST 6TH – THE WRITER’S ROOM with KELLY MARCEL & SCOTT NEUSTADTER

Love books but hate the puffed-up pretension of literary events? Enter The Writer’s Room, a refreshing and long overdue take on the typically staid literary event. Hosted by Reza Aslan, writer, religious historian, and associate professor the University of California, Riverside (AKA the guy that schooled Fox News on what informed, critical thinking means), this month’s Writer’s Room presents Kelly Marcel and Scott Neustadter. From mega-book to mega-movie, Aslan talks to the screenwriters behind two of the most anticipated book-to-movie projects today: The Fault In Our Stars (Scott Neustadter) and Fifty Shades of Grey (Kelly Marcel).

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LA CANVAS DBA ART COMPETITION

THROUGH AUGUST 15TH – LA CANVAS + DBA PRESENT: THE LOOKING GLASS ART COMPETITION

Calling all artists! LA CANVAS and DBA bring you a unique opportunity to whip out your best ideas and bring them to life. Make your mark this August by creating a one-of-a-kind mural inside DBA’s highly visible front display window on Santa Monica Blvd. Win a celebration dinner for four at Fifty Seven in DTLA, your name on the DBA marquee during for the unveiling of your art creation, a VIP table for 10 with $1k bottle service + more. Deadline for submissions is August 15th, 2014. Get to it, art folk.

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EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 30TH – FOR THE RECORD PRESENTS TARANTINO

This homage / mash-up of Tarantino directed films brings to life your favorite characters and sounds from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. It’s a pretty raucous night—arrive early for DBA’s signature cocktails and snacks. Be sure to use code “CANVAS” to save 20% off tickets and thank us later.

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