While Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" wreaks havoc across Burbank's movie screens, a few blocks away his more subdued works are being reimagined in a macabre mash-up of pop and fine art.
At Hyaena Gallery this month an art show ventures "Into the Labyrinth & Mind of Guillermo Del Toro," a celebration of Del Toro's visual style and an homage to the filmmaker who is inspiring Latin American artists to inject their own flair into American pop art.
This journey is both subtle and assaulting — at times a soft dreamscape in the works of Anita Mejia and Pakoto, or an impulsively jarring surge of color from Carlos Lerma. While Del Toro's influence is felt throughout, it's curator Joseph Muñoz of Burbank who takes on the uneasy task of tour guide through a Pandora's box of art-from-art.
"It's our duty as Latin American artists to support another artist who is opening doors for us," said Muñoz, a native of Ecuador who goes by the name Chogrin in his art.