Meat, erotism, provocation, irony and humour: the work by @bessnyc4, the online name for Douglas Abraham, creator of fashion and jewelery brand Bess, has everything we need. Instagram, who one day erased his account because he wasn’t posting stuff that dogs and cats were doing but Givenchy model faces stuck to 70s porn actresses, is his gallery; here’s where we can find the best examples of his collage work, which we suppose is put together with a mix of glue and criticism to the world of fashion. Abraham presents a combination that is, sorry for the common place, new, and he doesn’t pay too much attention to the big names of the fashion firms, which turns him into a punk with a good taste and more followers than people live in a small country. @bessnyc4 is vitamins to our brains.
Turkey has got that thing that we can’t quite put the finger on; with a part in Europe and the other bigger part in Asia, its cultural mix, that modern and old infuence cocktail shaker, always leaves us the certainty there’s much more to discover behind what comes from this country.
The self-taught Turkish conceptual artist Zeren Badar is a mix in himself. Based in New York, he creates collage and compositions joining modern objects and old art, photography and sweets, sardines and portraits, apples and oranges. With a very strong visual and meaning load, Badar also leaves us wanting to discover more of him (and also if his website is an exercise in absurd humour).
“¡Let the silent minority talk!”. That’s what, drunk as a rat, the liquor loving Spanish writer and filmmaker Fernando Arrabal claimed on a round table talking about the already old milenarism (that term might not even exist anywhere else than inside this enlighted Arrabal’s brain, now that I think about it). The silent minority is that group of people that turn their back on the standard and that are forgotten by the mass media, like people than more than two nipples, librarians or celiacs.
Luckily, this last group of gluten intolerants have decided to leave the shadows in which they’ve been locked for years creating the Gluten Free Museum, a side History of Art without the omnipresence of bread. To hell with Millet’s wheat fields or Dalís still lifes; from Vermeer to Jeff Koons, going through Tarantino, there’s not a single crumb that has avoided the gluten inquisition. Not only this collective is outstanding in their quest for showing the celiac condition in history, but also because of their amazing usage of Photoshop to eliminate any sign of wheat, rye, oat or similar. Another group that has decided to ask for their recognition is the one of the flamingo lovers. Yeah, that posing bird that has few friends in the Western culture. The silent minority is now in control of the artistic panorama. Behold museums, Tumblr is giving voice to the forgotten ones!
It’s Monday. If our usual productivity levels are naturally low on this day, if you add all the Halloween shenanigans when you even drank all the fake blood dressed up in a loose morality costume, we can imagine that your will to build the country today is rather non-existent. That’s why, today, we encourage you to lose time with no shame; with dark sunglasses to cover your dark circles and a coffee in hand, we lead you to discover which is probably the best and most useless project on the Internet, the Windows 93 simulator!
Indeed, beloved readers, Jakenpopp & Zombectro‘s creative minds have made up this microsite that transforms our operating system to a Windows 93, with it’s floating windows, grey squares and those irritating noises that were the tune for one of the first sons of the big Microsoft. This place is a file and archive mash up where wasting time is a deal; from flash games about how to rob a bank, to a nice lady that keeps you entertained on screed, the list of actions to do is endless and all that with the typical infernal look. Put everything you might be doing down, Windows 93 is waiting for you!
We want to make clear that we haven’t fallen in love with Vanesa Krongold because of her website, in which there’s a running unicorn, or because of that lovely detail the daisy pointer is. Actually this girl is just amazing and makes whatever she wants in her clothes collections: assymetric cuts, fishes and lemons, degradé colours, plastic and tinsel… We could really state millions of elements. We don’t really know where does Krongold get the inspiration from but we guess it’s from literally everywhere, that’s why the outcome is surprising first, haunting later. Do you want us to tell you a secret to love her even more? Click on the unicorn.
It’s obvious that from whatever level we consider – whether it is from the industrial, economic or production levels – the Japanese have some years – or even some decades – of a lead ahead of us. These smart brains from the Asian continent always make an impression with such creativity, even though at times they may be the only ones able to understand their instruments, engines or whatever other unidentifiable odd gadgets they may make. Their creations can easily range from total failures to absolute wonders to humankind. If taking sides, we declare ourselves loyal supporters of Japanese inventions, no matter how little our boss may or may not be interested in that country’s inventions.
At La Monda we believe that where there are curves there is joy. According to the creators of this clip there is also music. The video left us in awe but with an intense desire to slap the chubby cheeks of the first passer-by while trying to recreate a Madonna song.
‘You asked for it, an entire video devoted to rainbow sponges,’ says this lovely old lady while introducing us to what will apparently be the next drug that will delight the most excitable boy racer. The video shows some ultra thick sponges that, when dipped in rainbow paint, take you to a world of light and colours. This world is like Marisol’s but with orgasmic spasms, as is demonstrated by our octogenarian friend and her gasps of ‘Oh my gosh!’. Rumour has it that the rainbow sponges will be one of the main sponsors of the 2013 Sonar festival, so don’t be surprised to find this sponge guru filling the festival with colours and patterns. At La Monda we have already placed orders for three full boxes of sponges because we can’t miss a blast like this!
Because something so simple and basic can give incredible results, we place our bets on it. Here are the latest chairs and stools of Dutch artist Stan Klamer; with mere ribbons and cords he succeeds in reinventing the old-fashioned furniture of our living rooms and transforming it into avant-garde furniture. As almost always, we encourage you from here to follow the evolution of this designer/artist. At the same time we also want to suggest new usages for your dirty old trainers’ shoelaces.