Tuesday, July 15, 2014

José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros Profanity Pop

Soap Plant / Wacko
4633 Hollywood Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90027

José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros
Profanity Pop
August 1 - 31, 2014 
Artist reception:
Friday, August 1st; 8-11 PM

José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros is back-with
Profanity Pop, a celebration of creative freedom in our time.
Mythology, Religion and the representation of power have manifested in all of the great works from antiquity. With Profanity Pop, Rodolfo pays tribute to specific historical works that have inspired many generations. 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.
The Monarchy of prejudices and taboos crumble in this story. The disenfranchised reach beyond discrimination, and in this narrative no union is sinful or suppressed.
The absorbing worlds of entertainment, fashion, and excesses, with the magic of kitsch, invite us to desecrate the seductive world of POP. 
The Laluzapalooza Jury Winners 
August 1 - 31, 2014
Artist reception:
Friday, August 1st; 8-11 PM
On August 1, new works by the winners of La Luz de Jesus Gallery's 2014Laluzapalooza juried group show will be featured in a five-person show along with José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros' Profanity Pop . Click images to enlarge.
Allison 'Hueman' Torneros
Fresh from the cover of LA Weekly's People 2014 issue, Allison Torneros, aka Hueman, has already had a very busy year: a massive solo show at Project Gallery, multiple mural commissions, video profiles, and endorsement gigs...This is Allison's first feature exhibition at La Luz de Jesus.
Jinx has been in a few La Luz de Jesus group shows, and the response they recieved from her work in Laluzapalooza made her an easy choice to bring back for this expanded feature. Jinx's art tends toward the dark, but her subject, skulls and bones, mostly, don't seem to have succumbed to the darkness just yet. In fact, they often seem quite jovial in contrast to their advanced states of, well, no longer living. She's a talented painter and vivacious presence, and La Luz de Jesus is proud to be showcasing both.
Katherine Brannock
Over the past few years, Katherine Brannock has been making quite a name for herself in San Diego. At Comicon, she captured the attention of French publisher, Xupuy, who released a hardcover collection of her sketchbook work last year. She's since apprenticed as a tattooist and created a labyrinthine body of work that utilizes the colors and totems of that profession in a way that only Katherine could.
While huge fans of both bodies of work, the sketches really won La Luz de Jesus over and they offered her the opportunity to expand upon the themes present in her book (which she'll be signing at the opening reception).

Frank Forte
If Tex Avery and Salvador Dali had birthed a child at Fleisher Studios, it might have heralded the arrival of Frank Forte. Frank is an animator by trade and an independent comic book publisher by choice. His quirky sensibilities are funneled through an encyclopedic knowledge of humor illustration that is tributary but also entirely unique. This is Frank Forte's first feature exhibition at La Luz de Jesus.
Sean Stepanoff
Sean Stepanoff has worked in animation, frequently DJ's and even hired David Choe back in the day to work on one of his fanzines. If you've been to Zinefest in the last few years, you've probably seen Sean's brilliant caricature work, which is also frequently on display in the aisles of Wacko.
This exhibition is a collection of Sean's take on the popular Ghanaian barbershop sign motif. His acerbic wit is evident in the skewering of hipster culture visible in each and every painting.
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