Shag and Disney's Haunted Mansion
I've been a stressed out little spirit recently, dreaming of running away from it all. Usually I am prone to travelling to distant places that can be rather challenging - physically or mentally - and exciting to a Westerner; places like India and Japan. I'm a backpacker, not a suitcase toter. I've never done all-inclusive packages nor am I usually interested in paying a lot of money to sit on a beach while ignoring the rest of an unexplored country beyond the resort compound. I don't think talking to the waiter who brings you another margarita counts as 'getting to know the locals'.
But recently the idea of a classic vacation has appealed to me. Instead of looking into Vietnam or Cambodia (which I thought would be my next destination of choice), I've been drawn to Disneyland (oops..have been corrected. Disneyworld in Florida, not Disneyland) - the ultimate in indulgent, mind-numbing relaxation. And in pursuit of my new obsession, I came across an artist who goes by the name of Shag.
Shag (whose name is actually Josh Agle) uses the themes of consumerism and conspicuous consumption in his work (in fact, the photo above - Thirsty Like the Wolf - is from his exhibit called Conspicuous Consumption). Most recently, he's announced his involvement with Disney's 40th Anniversary Haunted Mansion celebration. His work will be on display at the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland on August 9, 2009.
While I hope to make it to Disneyworld for the first time ever this year (please, please, please), it may not come to pass. In the meantime, I had better enjoy his interpretations of the beloved attraction.
To read more about the artist and this particular exhibit, check out this announcement from Disney.