by Frank Forte
La Luz de Jesus once again pushes the boundaries of what art can be by bringing the hilarious and disturbing work of José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros. Rodolfo’s clever re-mixing of classic Disney characters is a collection of visual curiosities that smacks you over the head with a rubber mallet and keeps you coming back for more. Very popular with celebrity collectors, Jose will be a favorite for years to come.
J.A.W. Cooper’s stunningly beautiful illustrations draw you in to a fantastic otherworldly realm where ethereal women magicians and enchanting beasts live in a disturbing harmony. Her sketches alone have a gestural and whimsical quality that keeps your eye moving through the works almost to a musical melody. The painted pieces do the same, only with the color palette and hues that make you wonder if alchemy and sorcery were involved.
Where and When:
August 7 – 30, 2015
Artist reception: Friday, August 7th; 8:00-11:00 PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery/WACKO/Soap Plant
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
JOSÉ RODOLFO LOAIZA ONTIVEROS “Wonder Pop”
Building on the themes of tolerance and acceptance ubiquitous in his work, Rodolfo combines beloved animated characters with pop culture icons and scenes from art history with delirious moments of the domestic and the divine.
“Wonder Pop” is the heroic herald of the zeitgeist.
Happy Endings are no longer the proprietary dream of fairytale fiction, but even as taboos crumble, social vulnerability reveals a reality hithertofore unseen by the disenfranchised.
How will fragile situations alter extraordinary beings when notions of sin and suppression have been discarded?
The answer is a heady blend of entertainment, fashion, and excess with a subversive sprinkle of magical kitsch.
Come celebrate the age of equality with Wonder Pop!
J.A.W. COOPER – “Viscera”
J.A.W. Cooper was born in England and grew up in Kenya, Sweden, Ireland and the United States. A love of drawing and a fascination toward nature, other cultures, and different ways of perceiving the world evolved naturally while traveling the globe with ecologist parents, and these early influences continue to inform Cooper’s work.
J.A.W. Cooper’s newest series “Viscera” explores instinct and intuition as the spark of creation, to delight the feral child at our core.
ABOUT LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY
La Luz de Jesus Gallery was established in 1986 as the brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Billy Shire, considered largely responsible for fostering a new school of California art and prompting JUXTAPOZ Magazine to dub him “the Peggy Guggenheim of Lowbrow.”
Showcasing mainly figurative, narrative paintings and unusual sculpture, the exhibitions are post-pop with content ranging from folk to outsider to religious to sexually deviant. The gallery’s objective is to bring underground art and counter-culture to the masses. Past shows have been groundbreaking, launching unknown artists who have since become famous, such as Manuel Ocampo, Joe Coleman, and Robert Williams.
A new exhibit opens on the first Friday of each month, with an opening reception that DETAILS Magazine calls “the biggest and best party in Los Angeles.”
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Frank Forte Bio
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. He co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Frank Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series, which was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation in 2003.
In Frank’s spare time he paints. Recent shows include Laluzapalooza 2015 and Laluzapalooza Jury Winners Group Show 2015 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Villains of Animation at Van Eaton Galleries (Sherman Oaks, CA). Past shows include the CATZ Group Show at LTD. Gallery in Seattle, WA and the 6×6 group Show at The Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. His art has been exhibited at Cannibal Flower (Los Angeles) and the Animation Guild Gallery 839 (North Hollywood).
Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, a publishing company that produces premium comic books and graphic novels within the horror, science fiction, and action genres.