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

By Germain Lussier on at

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 the US city of Los Angeles. 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 favourites from this year.

Thanos Unmasked by Alex Solis (All images: Gallery 1988)

Pikachu Unmasked by Alex Solis

Pennywise Unmasked by Alex Solis

Megazord Unmasked by Alex Solis

Mark Unmasked by Alex Solis

Green Ranger Unmasked by Alex Solis

Dhalsim Unmasked by Alex Solis

Deadpool Unmasked by Alex Solis

Cyborg Unmasked by Alex Solis

Black Panther Unmasked by Alex Solis

 

You can find out more, and buy prints if you like, at this link.