Any good music junky like myself has by now definitely heard of Sixto Rodriguez, or so I hope. Especially after shedding a few (or more) tears with the heart-warming documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.” So what’s with all the hype surrounding Rodriguez? His appeal is pretty straightforward: he is a humble-mannered 70-year-old rock star whose songs speak of life, love and politics with a 60’s and 70’s sound reminiscent of Bob Dylan and, despite his musical genius, he still went unknown outside of South Africa for so many years, thus adding a fairytale-like twist to his story. Although his Primavera Sound gig was cancelled, Barcelona fans will luckily still have the chance to see him on July 8th at Poble Espanyol. We at La Monda praise this man’s talent and wonder we do why he was not discovered earlier!
Hyperrealist artists there are many… But there aren’t that many that master technique (not only style) as an added value to their work. Josh Keyes, bachelor of the Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, shares with us his fantasy works of art where mother nature comes together with the urban world in a very graphic way. We invite you to have a look at this artist engagé’s work and fantastic pieces.
Every once in a while it is nice to find experimental pieces such as those of Mashallah Design and Linda Kostowski. From particular stories and experiences, they have wanted to create unique pieces that could be sculptures on show at a museum or even the most extravagant item of clothing in your wardrobe. They have opened themselves to the new technologies and to the multiple opportunities that are offered by 3D design (all of which is interpreted with a poetic touch – see piece NO 419, which uses a story about wolves as its inspiration). We hope that they will continue on this path and we are excited to see what will be the next book they will use as inspiration. Any suggestions?
If there is rapper that gets all of our saintly devotion it is without a doubt Brooke Candy with her freaky-wild-outrageous videos and her pink hair. However, a new star is born –literally, because the little lady has just turned 8, and she intends to cast a shadow over her elder ‘rap sister’. Sophia Grace is the new it girl in the world’s kindergartens. Dear Brooke, you might try as hard as you can to provoke us with explicit gestures and bare skin, but nothing will ever succeed in giving us goose bumps as well as an 8 year old rapping with swag in a Toys’R’us car. Rap, Hip-Hop and so-called singers from the music industry in general, move up a gear because this new generation is on fire.
At La Monda we have discovered that there are people obsessed with all kinds of objects and odd things, no matter what they may be, and that they intend to turn them into Art, as we have seen from previous posts about old bottles, sponge sculptures or foam (it might just be to justify their own eccentricity). Among all of those creations, the work of American Scott Hove is one of our favourites, perhaps because of his vast use of candy pink. But it’s not all about the candy pink; the artist is also passionate about the world of weapons and terror, so why not bring together these two realms? This results in ‘unclassifiable’ works of art ranging from weapons decorated as if they were cakes (cherries included) to cake shoes… Have a look, Hello Kitty has been ousted, KO.
Not so long ago – in an exhaustive and outstanding analysis of the success of the band Alt-J – we shed light on THE secret behind rising from rags to riches and becoming a music star. Today we give you another key to success, this time speaking from our own experience…
A hint…it starts with a ‘w’…
Willy? BINGO! (Don’t worry ladies, it works with bare breasts as well)
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‘Beauty draws more than five yoke of oxen’ is one of our adages at La Monda. That’s why today we wanted to shed light on one of the most important transsexual icons of the 80’s. We are talking about Octavia Saint Laurent, who, while unknown to most people, is very remarkable and even came to influence divas such as Madonna in the creation of Vogue. Because we aren’t the only ones missing this great lady, the Swedish DJ House of Wallenberg has just released a single that she herself made and left before she died. Such an eargasm.
If as an artist you had created the most expensive work of art ever sold and if as a photographer the Queen of England had asked to pose for you, you would then think you would be satisfied enough to retire and to take it easy for the rest of your days in one of your numerous second homes, don’t you think? Apparently not. The very well known Damien Hirst and the also very well known Rankin have absolutely no intention to stop earning a lot nor to stop being spoken of. That’s why they got together (who knows to what extent…) in an exhibition called Myths, Monsters and Legends, which could have been named after a book by Tolkien. Enough with the criticising though, because the truth is that just like envious gossipers, we are actually dying to see it…