Mexico City

Dr. Lakra


Eight pictures welcomed the visitor into this exhibition of the work of Jerónimo López, better known as Dr. Lakra. Black-and-white vintage pinup prints depicted nudes striking sexy poses without losing their naive, angelic faces. The artist used black pigment to draw over these images, rendering fantastic figures that interact with the women: Devilish male faces, birds, piglike dogs, skeletons, snakes, and a furry penis with hands and feet enter, coil, bite, touch, and play with the sacred, virginal skin of these goddesses. The explosive yet intimate representations of desire and longing contrasted strongly with the vibrant, baroque mural drawing in the next room, Untitled, 2009—the largest yet by the artist.

Occupying nearly the whole of the gallery space, the mural covered the walls and a few areas on the floor with a delirious, dreamlike vision of figures. Men’s and women’s faces, African

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