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Pennywise Is Krusty? Pikachu Is Blanka? Pop Culture Icons Cross Over in a New Art Show

The art of Alex Solis imagines what could be under the mask of pop culture icons.
The art of Alex Solis imagines what could be under the mask of pop culture icons.
Image: Gallery 1988
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In pop culture, even unrelated characters can have something significant in common. They’re both clowns. They’re both purple. They’re both cyborgs. And that middle ground is where artist Alex Solis likes to play.


Solis just opened a brand new exhibit called “Icons Unmasked” at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. It’s the second such exhibit, which could be why the format may look a little familiar to you right now, and just like the last time, the pairings are genius. Solis takes two characters who are similar in some way and makes it as if one is actually the other. It leads to sometimes humorous, sometimes subversive, or sometimes just plain weird pairings (this happens in the cosplay world, too). Here are a few of our favorites from this year.


You can see the full show, and buy prints if you like, at this link.

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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Eustache Dauger

Once, when I was a kid, I got home from school only to discover that the dog had puked on the carpet. He must have done it early in the morning because the vomit pile had had plenty of time to cool off and the smell had taken over the room. We were out of paper towels, so I had to use kleenex to clean it. They were way too absorbent for the job. I was using them three at a time and still feeling the damp on my fingers. I remember thinking that it would somehow be less disgusting if the pile was still warm instead of the clammy mess I was stuck with. This makes my eyes feel as unclean as my hands felt that day.