If you’re a fan of splatter films, then Rick Castro has something grisly for you see; an entire art exhibit inspired by the horror film genre that sprays blood, guts and other body parts across the screen like some sort of corporeal fireworks.
Castro’s Hollywood fetish art gallery, Antebellum, continues it’s assault on the mundane with SPLATTER, the first art show, claims Castro, to explore the passions for and obsessions with images of chaos, blood lust and, well, more blood. Opening night is next Thursday, the night before Halloween, and the public is invited to attend in costume, for those of you who want to work your look two nights in a row.
The Antebellum owner and curator thinks the subject of murder is a constant in society. “Throughout history, the most famous people have been presidents, performers and murderers,” says Castro. “Sexuality and death are also historically linked and romanticized. People still go to horror films in droves and they go year round, not just around Halloween.”
For SPLATTER, Castro has invited artists to make works that deal directly with murder and he even has pieces in the exhibit about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and artwork created by John Wayne Gacy, the “Killer Clown.”
I asked him how he got the painting by Gacy. “I wrote to him and asked him if I could buy one of his paintings when he was in prison. He sent it to me.”
Antebellum will also screen a splatter film festival on November 8th and 22nd, as well as present an ongoing program of related events throughout the run of the exhibit. Details are on the gallery’s web site.
Splatter, Antebellum Gallery 1643 N. Las Palmas Ave. Hollywood 90028. Opening night gala, Thur. Oct 30th, 7 – 10 PM. $10 admission, $5 if in costume. Exhibit runs through Nov. 30th.