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Lala goes blonde: show in the Marais–Paris

9 Sep

Image result for blond hair pngLala Drona opened the season last night with with a new look: Bleach blonde hair.   “I wanted to mark, and celebrate my first show in the Marais,” Lala said when asked about her new blonde hair.
She showed her triptych “The Power of the Click: Women’s bodies on the Internet” at the exhibition Lettres, Mots et Clics.  The exhibition opening took place at Galerie Art’et Miss in the Marais, a Parisian neighbourhood webbed of cobblestone streets, a trendy neighbourhood which is home to a large LGBT community and a diverse array of streetart.  See the video of the exhibition below.

If you’d like to read more about these pieces, please visit http://www.laladrona.com/paintings.html

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Goodbye beauty and into the Darkness

28 Aug

I am beautiful

Artist:  “How would you describe this painting?”

Viewer: “I like it, but it’s so dark.  Sort of bumming me out.”

Artist:  “Really? You think it’s dark?

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“Dr. Royal” 2013, by Lala Drona

 

I have dedicated my entire life to creating art.  Spanning from paintings, to video, to performance art, to short fiction.  I believe that creating from the most personal, connects most universally.  However, words in the form of viewer-comments hover over my creations, descriptors like “suffering,” “painful,” and “dark.”

The funny thing is, I’ve always been embarrassed of my dark side showing, although it is the natural way I create.  I feel like I seem weak, too self-pitying or self-indulgent; I’m ruining your good time.  During the creative process, my mind and hand have made a pact to tone down the darkness, to try and make it more digestible through bright colors, or balanced/symmetrical design which is pleasing to the eye.

 

I look at my pieces now with suspicion.  My themes are dark, and most embody suffering, because that has been my reality.  The decision to aesthetically express darkness and suffering in a way that is pleasing to the eye

“Beautiful on the Inside” 2017, by Lala Drona

plays the role of propaganda and glamourizes a perpetual cycle of suffering.  It packages hard truths in a cruelty-free, sterile and overly-inspected product—something impersonal and all too easy for the mind to take in and forget, trauma-free.

The truth is, as a woman with my specific experience, I believe that I’ve expressed my darkness through the scope of beauty because I felt that this was the only way my experience had value.  I am beautiful, therefore I am.  Gaining and being rejected access to resources has been heavily based on my outward appearance and presentation ([un]attractive; woman), and has infiltrated the most sacred parts of my being, and now I’ve been creating from it.  The societal pressures to be “polite,” “make sure everyone’s having a good time,” and “keep it light” have only served to silence my voice and my art has suffered because of it.  I am aesthetically pleasing to them.  I am beautiful, therefore I am theirs.

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“Moyen No. 1” 2015 by Lala Drona

                  Confronting the darkness within, a darkness I believe we all have access to, and then unabashedly expressing it, is one of my greatest fears.  However, I have always believed that if something scares you, it is a sign that you are going in the right direction, so you must do it.  The darkness in my work seems to always peek through, and now its time to confront it and accept it fully.  To approach its truth.

 

“Doom and Destiny” 2017, by Lala Drona

I fear that I’ll lose a handle on reality when diving into the darkness and chaos.  I fear what I will discover, what doors I may open or whether I’ll be able to return from the madness.  However, I must reconcile this within myself, and so here today, I pledge to create something brazenly dark.  No protection, and no filters that make the message more digestible.

I will release myself from the external motivators, from the viewer-comments and the male-gaze.  I will neither be nice nor polite, and I definitely will not “keep it light.”  I will create something “ugly,” and I will make the viewer

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“The First Follower” 2018, by Lala Drona

accompany me into the darkness.  Because We still exist without the mask of their “beauty.”  I will create something that aesthetically matches and communicates its message.  I will communicate truth.

Yes, I am beautiful, but I am not theirs.

 

See Lala Drona at her next exhibition in Paris at Galerie Art’et Miss in Paris, France– Sept. 8th 6pm-8pm.

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Radio Interview with a Visual Artist

8 May

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Lala Drona in her first ever public radio appearance on Beijing International Radio.  Listen to her interview on Touch Beijing 93.2FM, where she explains what it means to be a visual artist today, and how Beijing has inspired her art.  Stay tuned until the end where she reveals her plot for the future.

 

Lalatina by Lala Drona

9 Oct

LalatinaA new video performance video from Lala Drona’s series “La Minute Lala” has just been released.  In her new video “Lalatina,” Lala Drona expresses her Latin American side.

Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 06.52.20Lala Drona’s mother is originally from Caracas, Venezuela.  Her mother grew up in the project 23 de enero, a barrio infamous for it’s crime, slums and squatters: remnants of the 1958 coup d’etat which overthrew dictator Marquez Perez Jimenez.

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23 de Enero, Caracas, Venezuela

“My mother’s experience growing up was not easy, but she has remained an optimist.  Her stories are unbelievable, and the values transmitted through them, indispensable to me.  These stories can only be described as dark magic realism.”

Lala Drona often integrates her mother’s experiences into her own in her writing and paintings.  “Some of the lines in my videos, in my writing are inspired by her.  She’s always there as an advisor on my paintings.  She is such a big part of me, and I am truly lucky to have her.”

Lala Drona continues to work and live in Beijing, China on her current series, “Wrong Place, Wrong Time,” a series inspired by her experience in China and taking place in her artistic universe.

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When the cat’s away, the mice will play!

18 Jun

Lala Drona’s departure from Paris to Beijing marks the third occasion in which she has left a community of Drones behind.  Ms. Drona leaves each group of Drones with a specific set of instructions and regulations to follow while conducting their art and muse experiments.   However, without much oversight, it was just a matter of time before the Drones would start to take over.

In the name of art, two Drones have gone rogue, continuing their research and conducting art experiments unsanctioned by the Lala.  Drone Fletcher and Drone Tinas have implicated themselves in an online confession and apology, revealing the circumstances of their digression.

Has Lala lost control over her Drone franchises?  Will this video spark a trend in Drone digression?  Lala has got her hands quite full recruiting Eastern Drones in Beijing…will she lose control over her Western partners?

Based on a Fact.

Terry Samson, Creative Science Journal

LEAKED: Ms. Drona’s Glamour Macabre

19 Mar

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Over the past week, a fog of grey has been hovering over art media websites, revealing a series of achromatic paintings.  Lala Drona’s latest work, what some journalists are calling “Glamour Macabre” was leaked, and has taken the internet by storm.

Before her departure to Beijing, China, Lala Drona put on a private exhibition with selected guests from the art world.  The exhibition was by appointment at the art factory Le Lavoir, and despite prohibiting the use of smart phones and cameras, photos of her work were leaked.

The photos were leaked without description, therefore the titles and sizes of the pieces still remain unknown.  One thing that is apparent is that Ms. Drona has decided to dive into shades of grey.  We first saw this choice of color in her triptych Je suis la fin qui justifie les moyens (I am the end that justifies the means) back in 2015 during the collective exhibition Je suis…   Color psychology theorises that grey is “being neither black nor white, it is the transition between two non-colors.”  Perhaps the color gray represents a transition in her work.
There may be negative consequences to the leak as many of the pieces were meant to be kept secret before her next public exhibition. Now, Lala Drona may have got herself into hot water with her Chinese investors.

In other news, Lala Drona has opened Drone Video submissions, so if you’re interested in becoming a Drone, please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/events/388488554868772/?notif_t=plan_reminder&notif_id=1489931961293145

Keep reading Based on a Fact for more updates on Lala Drona.

Lala’s Latest Performance Art

19 Feb
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Photos by Yegan Mazandarani (Agence Sauvage)

Lala has sent shockwaves through internet video platforms after the release of her video titled “Lala and Drone #1’s Latest Performance.” Despite media pressure, she continues to plea the fifth when asked to comment on the performance’s legitimacy.

f1000022The video begins with photographer Yegan Mazandarani shooting Lala Drona and Drone #1 in their classic black Drone attire and sunglasses. An instrumental version of “We found love” plays in the background as the camera follows the frantic scene into Paris’ Town Hall.  For the main event of the performance, Lala Drona and Drone #1, stand in front of the French authorities in order to merge their assets and forge an alliance in legal matrimony.  After a quick ceremony (and a very convincing kiss) the couple move on to the second act of the performance: signing the documents that legalize their union.  Next, the couple exit their performance to the song “Young, wild and free.”

But did they really get legally married?  As we recall, Drone #1 and Lala Drona hf1020018ave a rocky past.  His breach in Drone Code resulted in his exile from the Lala World,
followed by the gruesome Drone-Muse experiment which inspired Lala Drona’s tryptic Je suis la fin qui justifie les moyens (I am the end that justifies the means).  Since then, Drone #1 underwent a new Drone Reprogramming Procedure, and hasn’t left Lala’s side ever since.  Perhaps Lala has forgiven Drone #1, and this alliance is a reconciliation of all past indiscretions?  This could be the reason why the song “I want you back” by Micheal Jackson also plays in the video.

No sources have come forward in order to debunk the supposed marriage. However, another possibility could be that Lala Drona and Drone #1 legitimately married for art’s sake.  Perhaps the duo is aligning in order to critique the traditional act of marriage as “performance.”

Journalists continue to look for answers, however the officials at Town Hall will not speak to whether or not the wedding was legitimate.  It is possible that Lala could have pulled a few strings in order to create some cheap internet buzz.  Sooner or later, the truth will reveal itself.

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Tony Jericho, PerformArt Magazine

 

Tarot Reads DEATH: Lala plans funeral arrangement.

11 Aug

title photo funeral plans-001Lala Drona has reported trouble sleeping and vivid nightmares during her spiritual walkabout through the Western United States.  Many dreams end in her death, or the death of another at her own hand.

DSC_0754.JPGWhile perusing along the rusted streets of Sedona, Arizona, Lala Drona stumbled upon a very familiar looking building.  A sudden rush of déjà vu came over her.  The font of the letters on the glass, and the rusted color on the exterior of the shop called to her.  Lala’s dream the night before involved a psychic warning her of imminent death, and the shop in front of her was the spitting image of the shop in her dream.
Tarot readingLala entered and smelled the same nagchampa lavender candle that burned in the dream the night before. She sat on the paisley printed cushions in the room and waited as Madame Bonnie, the same psychic from her dream entered into the room.  Reliving the scene, Lala followed her into a hidden room in the back.

Lala answered Madame Bonnie’s question before she had time to answer it.  “Yes, this is my first tarot reading,” she said.
Madame Bonnie looked into Lala’s eyes and squinted. “You are a very sensitive person, aren’t you?  Perhaps some psychic abilities of your own?”  Madame Bonnie took Lala’s hand and read her past life.  “You were a creative…a very sensitive and spiritual woman in your past life.  Your ideas were unusual but intelligent.  There were many people around you that were jealous, and you died early on because of this…somewhere in your twenties.  You are still this woman today, but today people are much more accepting of your ideas.  This is the time you were meant to live in, so now you are living out the life she didn’t get the chance to.”

Madame Bonnie asked Lala to shuffle the cards, and laid them down on the table in a celtic cross fashion.  Lala anticipated the death card.  As soon as Madame Bonnie laid it down, she said, “Are you dealing with death at the moment, or anything resembling death?”Tarot guide

Lala wanted to tell Madame Bonnie of how she lived her life…of how she intentionally confronted death daily, how she called upon death  everyday in order to live life well.  To appreciate the things she had and to extract drive from it.  However, Lala responded, “No.”
“Many people fear the death card, but it can be a very positive card.  It signifies change, and in your case an extreme change in your career…the death of one thing and the birth of another.  I read that you will soon receive the type of recognition that you have been searching for in your career.”  Lala thought of her projects, the book she’d been writing and her new art piece to be released in an exhibition in October.

Immediately after, Lala called a video
meeting with several Drones and Muses to plan her funeral arrangements.  An open casket funeral displaying the body of the artist covered in flowers, only the breasts and face exposed.  As the artist has vowed to only show her breasts in her paintings, she has denied several prominent photographers her image.  The funeral will be the sole moment in the artist’s life that the public will see her breasts “dans la vie réelle.”  The installation is what Lala Drona likes to call her “final piece.”
Lala explained the piece to Based On a Fact:
“I’m not planning on going anywhere now, but I would like my life’s work to finish with something beautiful and intentional.  As Marina Abramovic said You cannot choreograph death, but you can choreograph your funeral.”

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Harry Gilbert, Sedena Art Tribune

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NO MORE DRONES!

27 Jun

Lala stands in front of the crowdProspective Drones everywhere lined up on the warm-lit cobble-stone streets of Paris, for the premier of The Drones Video Project 2016.  Sporting their sunglasses, the crowd chanted Drone Code, in hopes of meeting the artist and enlisting in her Army of Drones.  Frequently at these events, one can find recruitment booths manned by the official Drones buzzing words like “transcendence,” “higher purpose,” and “transformation” into prospective recruits’ ears.   However, this time, there were no booths, no official Drones gathering the masses.  Wewantyou-001

A Lala-shaped roar formed from the people’s mouths when Lala Drona and her 35 official Drones came out from the doors of the Opera Garnier, where the Drone Video Project had just premiered.  Cameras flashed onto the black mass that consisted of the Drones and Lala.  They made their way down the red carpeted stairs, each step followed the crowd’s chanting: “Drones will be loyal to Drones, Drones will be loyal to Lala.”

When they reached the bottom of the stairs, Lala Drona lifted her hand to silence the public.  She looked to Drone Ember, standing on her right.  Drone Ember stepped forward and looked at the hundreds of warm bodies standing in front of her, her head still slightly tilted towards the floor.  She stared the public down through her black industrial glasses.

“On behalf of Lala Drona and the Drones, I would like to thank all of you for coming out, and supporting our mission to reach creative potential.”  The Drones behind Ember were a black stone wall, a fortress sandwiching their art queen, Lala.  Cameras continued to flash and click.  “However, it is to my greatest regret to inform you that Drone Recruitment has been closed.”  Drone Ember raised her voice, speaking over the mob’s gasps and whispers.  “We currently do not know when Drone Recruitment will reopen, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you.”Drone Ember

The disgruntled crowd shouted and booed as Drone Ember returned to Lala’s side.  The art authorities forged a path through the crowd, and Drone #1 took Lala’s arm, leading her and the other Drones down the human-made aisle.  The 35 official Drones surged through like blackened blood through a vein, and in an instant, Lala and her Drones vanished somewhere on the other side of the crowd.

See the Drones Video Project 2016 below:

La Politesse.

6 May

In the form of video performance, Lala Drona recounts her personal experience living abroad.  After moving to Paris, France in 2012, Lala films herself performing in French for the very first time.

She speaks with her face blanketed in flesh-colored mesh; she pulls and pushes through the material, illustrating the tension between the “natural” and “foreign” behaviours she experiences abroad.  The camera frame often segments parts of the face, zooming in on her mouth in order to draw focus to her words.  The video successfully transmits an oppressive ambience, the pressures of living up to societal norms when immersing yourself into a new culture.

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Damian Fuller, Minimalism and Manners Blog

 

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