Wendy Van Santen & Hans Bolleurs are Dutch creative couple that can get one of your eyeballs to explode in visual happiness. They know what we like; colour and concept walk hand in hand in the projects they’ve created for IKEA, Viktor & Rolf, Sony and a very long list of exhibitions here, there and further away. If this was not enough, they’ve included a piñata in one of their images and let me tell you, it’s easy to win our hearts that way.
In the same way that we’re a little bit scared of Australia ’cause all the animals there can and want to kill you, we profoundly love that country due to the amazing creative talents it hosts, like that of Sara Zaher. Her work is one of those that breaks borders; with cultural references that everybody can understand, her use of colour, acid irony and an impeccable aesthetics turn her into one of those IG accounts that it’s a pleasure to follow. La Monda approves.
There’s something engaging and uncomfortable in straightforward things, as happens with Jonathan Calugi. It’s engaging because, well, he’s well suited with aesthetic quality, human warmth and an intricate balance of shapes and lines. It’s uncomfortable because it’s inevitable to feel that little voice in your head saying “how did I not do this before”, saying “I could’ve done that”. And you could’ve. But you didn’t. Calugi is clear and straightforward, but not simple in the slightest.