Hybrid art

From the MUU Galleria in Helsinki, Finland, this recent sculpture “My Little Tom of Finland” by Mari Kasurinen:

The figure is a hybrid of two (very oddly assorted) creations from popular culture: the cute My Little Pony toys (favored by young girls) and the hypersexual characters from the graphic artist Tom of Finland  (favored by gay men). It’s one in a large series of My Little X sculptures by Kasurinen, playfully (and critically) combining the little ponies with characters from popular culture or famous iconic people (“superstars”, as Kasurinen puts it, “presented to us as examples, ideals, even as authorities”).

(Hat tip to Ann Burlingham on Facebook.)

A sampling of her My Little X figures:

X = Alien, Predator, Batman, Catwoman, Joker, Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Jack Sparrow, Elvis Presley, Cthulhu, Marilyn Monroe, Spock, Godzilla, Wonder Woman, Lady Gaga, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Edward Scissorhands, Rapunzel, Karl Lagerfeld, Audrey Hepburn, The Beatles, Marie Antoinette

(In addition to the sculptures page, Kasurinen’s site also has paintings and graphics pages.)

Previously on this blog, on My Little Pony:

☛ 9/20/11: Dubious bromanteau:
https://arnoldzwicky.org/2011/09/20/dubious-bromanteau/
brony = bro + pony ‘a grown man who’s a fan of My Little Pony

☛ 12/3/12: derpy:
https://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/12/03/derpy/
the Little Pony Derpy Hooves

☛ 7/4/13: On the unicorn watch:
https://arnoldzwicky.org/2013/07/04/on-the-unicorn-watch/
unicorns and rainbows

And on Tom of Finland (with links to AZBlogX for the stuff that’s too explicit for WordPress):

☛ 8/2/10: Who is this message intended for?:
https://arnoldzwicky.org/2010/08/02/who-is-this-message-intended-for/

☛ 8/6/10: The Tom of Finland action figure:
https://arnoldzwicky.org/2010/08/06/the-tom-of-finland-action-figure/

☛ 4/19/11: Basket : moose knuckle :: butt : ?:
https://arnoldzwicky.org/2011/04/19/basket-moose-knuckle-butt/

☛ 1/1/12: Late entries in the gay Santa sweepstakes:
https://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/01/01/late-entries-in-the-gay-santa-sweepstakes/

☛ 3/25/13: Men kissing:
https://arnoldzwicky.org/2013/03/25/men-kissing/

☛ 4/16/14: Finnish stamp surprise:
https://arnoldzwicky.org/2014/04/16/finnish-stamp-surprise/

☛ 5/3/14: Tom of Smurfland
https://arnoldzwicky.org/2014/05/03/tom-of-smurfland/
another playful hybrid using Tom of Finland

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