Thursday, August 29, 2013

Snow White Hearts Art

From the Facebook page Artspiradora  - a very creative and inspirational page-project - in which they provide many examples of art, including unconventional methods of reproduction to educate kids about Art and the Masters. One example is a bento-box-like presentation of Magritte's The Son of Man, or a parody of Hopper's famous painting Nighthawks "rebuilt" in Lego.

A little while back they posted the image above which is a homage to both Disney and Frida (originally on display at the not-for-kids Disasterland* show by Mexican artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Feliz, Los Angeles CA, in August last year (important note regarding this show at end of post - please read before clicking on links).

The point in the case of Artpiradora's Facebook page, however, was/is to use Disney and Snow White to teach kids about art, surrealism and Frida (and heartache). You have to admit, in matters of the heart, Snow White is a perfect Disney example to use...

The description from Facebook, translated from Spanish, is below:
BETRAYAL vs LOVEThe painting done by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, called "The Two Fridas" (1939) depicts how she felt after the divorce of the painter Diego Rivera: her only companion, was herself. See two facets in this table: Frida was loved by Diego, and one that was betrayed, the traditional versus the cosmopolitan, the strong and the weak. Symbolic objects as we see a photograph of Diego, scissors, blood ... they are easy to interpret. Some Frida Kahlo pigeonhole surreal, but she defends the title saying: "They thought I was a Surrealist, but I was not. I never painted my dreams. I painted my own reality "
Frida painting her two selves
If you're on Facebook, love art, creativity and being inspired by different (and generally family friendly) thinking, I recommend liking Artspiradora. You'll find yourself thinking and feeling out of the box - like hearts are meant to. ;)

Important Note: The show Disasterland depicts Disney characters in very adult situations (including some NSFW). The content is NOT meant for children (eg one of the pieces shows Bambi lying next to his obviously dead mother in the snow) but is supposed to be “a tribute to pop culture, fashion, animation, horror films and the undeniable attraction of celebrity.” While many of the pieces show a twisted sense of humor, they are NOT suitable for young eyes. Artspiradora chose to post the piece shown above out of this context, to good effect (and for which I a grateful).

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