Many consider death a subject not to be openly spoken about, which doesn't make a ton of sense, as the people closest to it usually have terrible hearing anyway. For a gallery show openly treating it with a sense of humor, check out Dead Relatives.
Opening tomorrow at the Black Book Gallery, this collection of slyly political artwork "celebrates death, but makes fun of it at the same time" via stenciled/ handpainted collages of animals given the Day of the Dead treatment by two SoCal artists who initially teamed up while working under Shepard Fairey, but presumably got tired of Obeying. Spooky fun includes:
Koala of the Dead: This marsupial close-up represents the struggle of Australia's aborigines, and is nicknamed the "Grimy Koala", but so is pretty much everyone who sleeps and chews drugs all day.
Llama of the Dead: An X-ray of the only animal that exists solely in children's petting zoos, this is meant to evoke the trials of indigenous peoples from Peru and Bolivia.
Lion of the Dead: A stand-in for the African movement, this Wild Things-esque cat is backed by a portrait of Bob Marley, whose commitment to animal rights is questionable due to his association with whalers.
As the originals are likely to be snapped up quick, the artists have ensured that smaller pieces will also be available for those who show up in person, meaning just like hanging with the super-elderly, you won't really have to deal with the old (f)art.