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Freakishly good.Dr Lakra is more of a Vincent Price, Hammer Horror doctor than a medical one. This Mexican artist is fascinated by the macabre. He works on found images and objects, transforming them with drawings into tattooed ladies and little voodoo toys.
Mummified hands, old naked dolls, little china nudes and death masks are all given the Lakra handmade tattoo gun touch. These dark pieces reflect the Oaxacan day of the dead and the love of all things skull and skeleton in a very modern way. Vintage pin-up girls, gory old medical illustrations and found photographs are also reworked. You canít stop looking at Lakraís work. Thereís something about his gothic tastes that have the same hypnotic effect as freakshow acts.
Be sure to pick up a photocopy of Lakraís hand-drawn plan of works in the show, brimming with sketchy rapidly drawn versions of his own art. One for the scrapbooks.
Dr Lakra is at Kate MacGarry, London, until 15 July 06.
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comment by flyingtwinkle Jun 16, 2006his works - a carnival of the grotesque.
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