Rat Finks, Real and Imagined

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth died in 2001, but Rat Fink, his glorious train wreck of a brain's most iconic spawn, will live forever. Now 40-something but just as hilarious, grotesque and proto-punk as ever, Rat Fink started life as a sharp-toothed, raggedly dressed yet oddly charismatic F.U. to the world of cartoon merchandising -- and went on to dominate and redefine that very realm like none before (or since). Along the way to cult status, Rat Fink and his Daddy influenced generations of up-and-coming artists like Anthony Ausgang, Glenn Barr, Ron English, Greg Cooper, Mark Mothersbaugh, Gary Panter, The Pizz, Natalia Fabia and Kenny Scharf. This month La Luz de Jesus hosts "Rat Fink's Revenge" -- an installation of about two dozen "kustomized" 12-inch Rat Fink statuettes selected from the book of the same name, in which 83 artists interpret the Fink. The gallery also presents "Bobby Furst: Don't Push Me," an exhibition of mixed-media sculptural assemblage by another gnarly outsider artist who insists on looking askew at the conventions of visual culture. Furst's hoarding impulses pay off in both the aggregated figures he fashions from debris and in the postapocalyptic wreckage festooning his high-desert compound. Furst is unlike the Rat Fink congregation stylistically, but he too creates anthropomorphic figures in pursuit of edgy social commentary to please a boisterous crowd. La Luz de Jesus. 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri., June 7, 8-11 p.m.; free. Exhibition runs through June 30, Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. (323) 666-7667, laluzdejesus.com.
June 7-30, 2013

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La Luz de Jesus Gallery

4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-666-7667

www.laluzdejesus.com