“Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me Man, did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?”
-Words by the monster in Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
These photographs highlight the most recent exhibition of Mondo Bizarro’s very own Dr. Frankenstein, the Puerto Rican artist Joseto. His work delves into the universe of toy design, exploring the possibilities of appropriation, cross-fertilization and hybridization of their aesthetes and diegetic narratives. In Joseto’s world of alternate realities Hello Kitty is a cyborgian femme fatale, Mazinger Z is a steampunk knight wearing armor, and Dorothy, from The Wizard of Oz, is a robotic entity with a head in the shape of a house. All these alterations and reconstructions harken to the exploits of Viktor Frankenstein, who visited cemeteries and charnel houses looking for the components to bring his reassembled corpse to life in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s famous novel. Similarly Joseto dredges toy stores, online or otherwise, to gather his raw materials to bring to life his sculptures, full of jocose and sometimes disturbing references to familiar characters from the world of comics and cartoons.
The exhibition will remain on view until the end of the Christmas season in mid January 2015 at Mondo Bizarro Comics Gallery, at the Paseo de Diego in Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
For any information please contact us at Mondo Bizarro Comics Gallery at 787-691-0518.
The exhibition was designed by Joseto, and its rendering was executed in collaboration with Yasmine Stella Ledée, Luís Carlos Parés, and Cranium Corporation.