They say that if there was a nuclear disaster to happen only cockroaches, probably jellyfish (that thing has been floating in the sea for ages doing NOTHING), Hugh Hefner and Robert Smith would survive, all dancing happily in front of the destruction of the Earth. Or maybe not, but in an apocalyptic scenery, I’d rather see some absurd.
Absurdity is the pillar in which Benoit Paille and Daniel Delisle have seated for their “DollarStore” session. As Paille explains, the background of this amazing dollar store stuff still life series is highlighting its nonsense existence, creating a discussion on the consume society and the human exploitation cost in China that these objects have. Impeccable aesthetics, well mixed colours and melted little animal figures that wouldn’t cost more than 1$ and seem to shake of fantasy toxic waste. Paille and Delisle have nailed it.
If we look up “polymathy” or “Renaissance Man” in Wikipedia, we check that it’s a concept used to name individuals that succeed in various knowledge areas, people that are ace at many things, from aeronautical engineering to glazed ceramic or advanced level sudoku. Said definition is completed by a long list of men considered to be polymaths; Aristotle, Goethe, Descartes and many others. It’s surprising not only the absolute absence of female names in the scholars list, but also how outdated it is, taking into account that the youngest of them died more than 60 years ago.
This humble writer would like to update the “Renaissance Man” list introducing LadyBeard. Yes, beloved friends, even though he’s a total stranger to us, in the Empire of the Rising Sun, Lady Beard is considered a huge eclectic artist. A good looking Australian giant that, after making it big in Taiwan and Hong Kong, he’s determined to take over Japan. Under his “Sing, Dance, Destroy” motto, this ginger hunk enters wrestling rings dressed up as a saucy Japanese schoolgirl while singing typical Cantonese songs in heavy metal style, posing for fashion editorials and starring his own TV show. All very standard. A Godzilla with braids and mascara that conquers all; LadyBeard is, without the shadow of a doubt, the perfect contemporary polymath.