She is from Cuba, she lives in Barcelona, and she rocks, very, very much. She takes photographs of the absurd; she likes empty spaces and the human body. We also love her and the way she looks at things. Nobody treasures spaces as much as she does, so I’m really proud of living in the same city of such a great talent. She only needs a Cuban accent for us to bow at her feet in adoration. You’re amazing.
Don’t be fooled; as inflatable as they may seem, we don’t recommend that you prove your pulmonary capacity by inflating these figures. You could lose a lung trying it. The reason is easy to understand: because these figures are not what they look like. So say thank you to the artist Brett Kern for his dinosaur, astronaut and other sculptures that you could find as prizes at the shooting stall of your local funfair. We call them sculptures because it’s what they are: porcelain figures sculpted by the hand of the artist. He didn’t even leave out the famous valve needed to inflate them, those valves that were to be filled with litres and litres of slime and saliva. Luckily, when you buy one of these figures, saliva is not included. It’s a nice form to transform ephemeral objects, whose shape could change as time goes by, into perennial mementos for life.
Annihilating competitors from Barcelona, Mireia Ruiz and Raúl Ramos give us an originality lesson. Two graphic designers who, as improbable as it may seem, managed to create their own, personal and unique style, and be worth of mention for it. Visiting their webpage daily is our new addiction; we don’t need 7 bottles of whisky before going out to wiggle our hips now that we have Cocolia. The candy-sweet-monster is now our icon and reference; we want it to be the mascot for Madrid’s 2044 Olympic games. This studio excites us and fills us with positive energy because it’s a message to the entire world, that in Spain we are really creative and can do wonderful things; if you don’t believe us take a look to this selection of photos.
Still life, this theme so abused in History of Art which produces an immediate lethargy and reminds us the paintings placed in the waiting hall of the dentist. In contemporary age, and with photography as a supporting medium, still life themes can be found constantly in LIDL’s fresh meats leaflets, in the blue-hued photos of the combined dishes at Bar Manolo or out of the hand of rising artists like Ryan Duffin, who gives us still lives made out of everyday objects under impossible patterns, images that repel and fascinate us at the same time. Duffin makes something beautiful out of banal and ugly things. The new ugly strikes back with full power, not just in illustrations, fashion or videos, but also in the fantastic world of still lives!
If we wanted to be pastry cooks, we would be Lily Vanilli. You can thank the fact that we are pathetic when it comes to pastry and the final product doesn’t come out of a bag. So we need Lily; she is one of the best pastry cooks in London and we have no doubts about it. Her pastries are pure imagination, little comestible work of arts. A genius of pastry aesthetics who makes pastries which deserve to stay on gigantic posters; they are also co-protagonists of a video with Alex Turvey (so funny!) So are your mouths watering? Don’t worry, Lily has got a shop on Columbia street and it’s open on Sundays.
Hate; this is what I feel when I open the webpage of the French graphic and photo studio Akatre. I wish a fire could burn the studio down, so that it disappears; it’s impossible not to feel microscopic in front of such an enormous display of creativity, just to have a look later at your portfolio and realize your pathetic existence. They rock in graphic design with their posters, magazines and corporate graphics. They rock in art, they rock in photography, and, if this wasn’t enough they have begun to experiment with video, too. Really guys, go to hell! Thanks to guys like you, I will never leave the sad and miserable world of working (and economic) insecurity. I would eat a rat if I knew I could get some projects like yours. Just have a look at their works and you’ll agree with me that this studio deserves to be burnt down.
Reconfigure, reinvent, re-repair. Put Put is a Swiss-Danish duo, working together since 2011. Their idea consists in changing the meaning of everyday objects. Okay, this sounds really typical, but these guys do it with grace. They work with very simple ideas, which proves true the sentence that: SIMPLE IS GENIUS. A baguette can stand for the leg of a chair. And if a sponge has an ice-cream shape, we can insert a stick into it. They play with similarities between objects and it seems they create visual illusions when in reality everything they do is just to place you in front of what’s most evident; that a palm tree resembles the backrest of a chair or that a branch of flowers can perfectly be used to hold the wig on. Their point of view might give you a new way to look at things or not. The only real thing is that photography is wonderful. Or not.
Ladies and gentlemen, from here at la Monda we have to give you the sad news: you won’t be able to sleep safely on the beach. We also want to inform all the people who actually do it; brave, ingenuous people who close your eyes on the towel waiting the sun to stamp on your faces the frame of your XXL glasses or the shape of a magazine on your bellies, which could be easily mistaken for a Teletubby TV.
Well then, you have to know the sun is not your only enemy. You will also have to face Lituan photographer Tadao Cern who decided one day to portray all the strange behaviors people can have on a beach. Have a look at the photos and admire the most worrying styles ever, even though new peaks could be reached if he visited a Spanish beach (with entire families sleeping next to tupperwares with tortilla and loin).
Our favors go to the picture with the old ladies. Oh, and he is a total gentleman when he avoiding to show a single face.