While We’re Inside…with Vadim Solovyov

By Emma Regolini

April 24th, 2020

As we remain locked inside whilst the pandemic sweeps through the world,  Vadim Solovyov is reimagining a new reality.

The artist’s digital manipulations of larger-than-life creatures give voice to a seemingly dystopian reality than the one we are currently experiencing.

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Portraying everyday urban environments overthrown by pigeons, racoons or sea-life presents an eerily surreal parallel universe where human civilisation is no longer in power.

As we collectively settle into a ‘new normal’ in 2020 from raging natural disasters to a sweeping pandemic, Solovyov’s fantastical compositions remain a thought provoking concept.

Solovyov has shared with publications that he began this conceptually dystopian series as a way to explore strange events in his reality.

For example the colossal sized raccoon making it’s way to the embankment to perhaps rinse itself, references the need for washing and sanitising our hands to help present the spread of COVID-19.

The artist sites that his visual depictions each uniquely comment on an issue or problem in society facing the human race.

Despite it’s dystopian connotations, the visuals spark surprise and curiosity for viewers with a deeper call to action.

Instinct and Experimentation with PunkMeTender

By Emma Regolini

April 17th, 2020

Contemporary artist PunkMeTender is most recognised for his bold and instinctual artwork and installations adorning the walls of Miami Art Basel, the Kardashian’s and many LA streets.

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Originally hailing from France, PunkMeTender came to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for art and experimentation. With creativity sewn into his family lineage, PunkMeTender says that he,

“Found painting as a form of therapy and a way to express his emotions.”

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The artist’s style and work is constantly evolving, drawing nuances and elements from street art, graffiti, photography and the female form.

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PunkMeTender’s instinctual approach to his work means he can break the rules as he pleases, reflected in his moniker. Adding to the mystique of his work, PunkMeTender stays anonymous to maintain his freedom and express himself creatively without restraint.

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His artworks range from large-scale 3D murals to smaller fine art objects and private celebrity commissions. Recurring motifs include his use of butterflies and plexiglass exploring evolution and an untouchable desire.

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PunkMeTender cites his artistic inspiration stemming from; Yves Klein for his minimalism, Damien Hirst for his ingenuity, Jean Paul Gaultier for his creativity and Alexander McQueen for his emotive creations and out of the box visions.

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It’s evident that through his work, PunkMeTender explores the intersection of street art, fashion and female sensuality while honing in on the natural desires of human kind. His work has a passionate and enigmatic energy communicated through his use of bold colours and beautiful dimensions.

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He states that, “the secret is to have the ability to find weaknesses in your own work and to dig those pain points out before anyone else.”

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We asked PunkMeTender a few questions about his career trajectory and advice…

Who are you and what do you do? I am PunkMeTender, and I am an artist. 

Your work often features butterflies, representing transformation and new beginnings. How has your work evolved and changed over time? My work is constantly evolving; I compare it to a study. My artwork in an endless study, but the scale of the evolution becomes more and more refined. 

Has there been a defining moment or project in your career to date? The day I landed my feet in Los Angeles, I knew it was my city, a city of angels. 

Does the scale of a project ever intimidate you? Not at all, I’m usually the one to push projects to a bigger scale and to their limits.  

What is your dream project? My dream project is to curate and design a haute couture fashion show at Paris Fashion Week.

What are you currently working on? Currently, I am working on spinning paintings. I’m studying the connection between the feelings of layering the paint and the mécanique of spin that has no feelings. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? If you don’t go forward, then you stay still.

What advice would you give to your younger self? Keep fucking up.

How would you describe your work in three words? Real, Aesthetic, dimensional

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THE CULTURALLY ENCHANTING WORK OF GLEO

By Emma Regolini

April 3rd, 2020

Gleo ‘The Other’ São Paulo, Brazil 2017

Colombian artist Gleo has made a name for herself outside of her hometown of Cali (Colombia) on the street art scene globally.

Growing up in a small tropical city of the Colombian Pacific, Gleo also known as Natalia Gallego, has found freedom in painting walls since she was fifteen as a form of self expression and political participation.

Gleo, 2017 image by Jadi Ilias

Gleo often recites her purpose for painting walls, streets or public spaces as a reflection of their accessibility and universal ownership. Gleo explains that the “word ‘public’ is very complex, this space belongs to everyone and no one.”

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In recent years Gleo’s work has featured masked mystical beings and creatures often symbolising Latin American mythologies or cosmology. Her work captures these creatures in dream-like state through colour and the objects adorning them.

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She cites that we often “dress up and put on a mask, trying to transcend a higher self.” It is true, that Gleo perfectly captures the perceived demigod state of mind in her work on a large scale.

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A common thread between her past work includes historical objects or talismans as she draws inspiration from periods of antiquity and ancestral cultures. Her characters appearing transcendent in nature exude a sense of knowledge and spiritual power.

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When commenting on the lifespan of each murals, Gleo goes back to the public ownership of each space and therefore it’s preservation is dependent on the inhabitants. With some murals lasting days, months or years, many street artists can agree that the fate of each piece is out of their individual control.

Gleo’s enchanting, captivating and colourful murals have taken over walls worldwide from Colombia to Peru and across Europe. As a prominent female Latin American artist, the world has fallen in love with Gleo’s blended composition of cross-cultural iconography and warm theatrical renderings.

Gleo, 2016