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L.D. Times Article: The Blank Canvas, 2017

25 Aug

Lala Drona opens up for the first time about her experience since arriving in China in an exclusive interview with the L.D. Times.  She comments on her new video, due to release next week: “The Blank Canvas.”   A deep and inspiring article that delves into the artist’s psyche.

Click the image below to read the full 6-page spread.

The Blank Canvas

 

 

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Exhibition: Narcisse Obligé

10 Oct

Lala Drona to appear in collective exhibition “Narcisse Obligé” at La Savonnette Electrique next weekend October 15th-16th, and during the rest of the month by appointment only.

Ken Phak interviews Lala about her work and upcoming exhibition in The L.D. Times magazine.  Mirror, Mirror- L.D. Times article 2016.

LD Times October 2016, Mirror Mirror

The Penelope Show: Muse Pink

28 Mar

BOAFMusePINK           During the past few years, artist Lala Drona has surprised and stunned us with her artwork and unconventional artistic philosophy.  However, we rarely ask Dali and Galaabout the inspiration behind such products.  The concept of the muse originates from Greek mythology; they are the goddesses which inspire literature, science and the arts.
Some famous muse/artist duos to be noted are Dalí and his wife Gala, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, and Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith.  Although the modern day use of the term muse describes someone or something that inspires an artist writer or musician, Lala Drona has taken the concept a bit further.
In The Lala World (Lala Drona’s artistic universe), muses are consultants that provide a service to artists and individuals.  Jack and nealBefore Muses created their own unions, there were neither official contracts nor protection provided to them by the State.  After much struggle, legislation was passed to give Muses rights and compensation for their work.  However, some artists and muses continue to work off the books and receive their compensation under the table.  Lala Drona and her Muses are some of the few who continue this tradition.
Why would artists and Muses prefer to keep their business off the books?  Perhaps artists and muses with unconventional artistic practices don’t want the authorities affecting their processes.  Perhaps certain muses and artists negotiate non-monetary compensation for their services?  Penelope from The Penelope Show explores the concept of muse with Muse Pink, a muse known to have worked with artist Lala Drona.  See the video below.

Academia brings back Paper Goblin

31 Jul

EICAR Rumors to the reason why Lala Drona has been off the radar have finally emerged.  Lala Drona has recently finished a screenwriting/directing workshop at L’école des métiers du cinéma et de la tv / The International Film & TV School – Paris  (EICAR ).  Along with other writers and film directors, she studied the art of screenwriting and directing films.  When asked about her incentive to take the course at the EICAR, she explained that she is researching different media in which  she can bring the universe she is creating to life. However, the artist hasn’t completely dedicated herself to the reel just yet.

Je suis... exhibition.  Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/www.jesuis.xyz?fref=ts

Je suis… exhibition. Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/www.jesuis.xyz?fref=ts

On the contrary, the course has inspired her to write the first book based in The Lala World.   “The Lala World is a world rich with details integral to its existence.  It deserves a book before it’s adapted to film,” she said.

Paper goblin

Paper goblin

While taking the screenwriting course, Lala Drona wrote her first screenplay, a short film called “Tape Monster.”  The screenplay is inspired by the self-portraits she is currently painting for the Je Suis…

exhibition (taking place this October at The Maison des Ensembles) and by the Paper Goblin created in 2013.  “[The film] is about identity.  About accepting your inner monster and collaborating with it in order to create something beautiful.” The film “Tape Monster” is set to be released by the end of September 2015.  Shutupi is rumored to be the director of photography on set, and Lala Drona is said to be working with a prominent figure in the music industry for the soundtrack. Based on a Fact Tina Flint, student at Western College of Film Studies

L.D. Times Interview: Art Games

23 Jun

After her debut in L.D. Times Magazine last year, Lala Drona appears again, revealing her Muse tendencies.

Click to see the full article

Click to see the full article

The Penelope Show: Lapa Trona out from the shadows

11 May

Another page revealed from Lala Drona’s mysterious past!

More and more artists seem to be coming forward and admitting their participation in Lala Drona’s art world journey.  Unlike infamous art-villain Lala Drona, her guardian and mentor Lapa Trona chooses to live a life in the shadows. However, a new episode of The Penelope Show has just been released, guest-starring Lapa Trona for an exclusive interview, revealing more than ever about her once art apprentice, Lala Drona.

Based on a Fact, Penelope, Daytime Television journalist

Drone Shortage??

25 Feb

Drone X Eats Drone #1

Drone X, one of Lala’s most beloved and loyal Drones, has left Paris.  She came to know Lala in a chance encounter in the streets of Paris.  Drone X was about to end her life, until she heard something strange, something that would change her life forever, from under the bridge:

It all started a year ago. I was in a dark place at that time. I wanted to end my days. That evening, it was cold, like today. I walked to one of the many bridges spanning the Seine. I went through over the parapet, I turned around by setting the darkness that stood before me, and I closed my eyes. I breathed deeply. I was listening to the whisperings of the sleeping city ... Suddenly, a sound took me out of my stupor ... it was the "pppppfffffssshhhhh * clack clack * * * pppppfffffssshhhhh clack" of spray paint. I opened my eyes, I looked for the person which made the sound I had heard off the bridge, and I saw ... Lala Drona. She was tagging one of the pillars of the bridge accessible from the shore. The world stopped spinning. It wasn’t possible anymore to jump, not possible to descend. Two. Three. Ten minutes ... time no longer existed. Again, a noise made me jump, this time it was a police siren. Lala was quick to complete her work and began to run ... in my direction! When she saw me, she threw me a bag full of paint screaming "Catch it!" I do not know why, but I ran behind her. I was hypnotized. Since then, I am a Drone. She may be a thief, but she saved my life. DroneX

Translation: It all started a year ago. I was in a dark place at that time. I wanted to end my days. That evening, it was cold, like today. I walked to one of the many bridges spanning the Seine. I went through over the parapet, I turned around by setting the darkness that stood before me, and I closed my eyes. I breathed deeply. I was listening to the whisperings of the sleeping city …
Suddenly, a sound took me out of my stupor … it was the “pppppfffffssshhhhh * clack clack * * * pppppfffffssshhhhh clack” of spray paint. I opened my eyes, I looked for the person which made the sound I had heard off the bridge, and I saw … Lala Drona. She was tagging one of the pillars of the bridge accessible from the shore. The world stopped spinning. It wasn’t possible anymore to jump, not possible to descend. Two. Three. Ten minutes … time no longer existed.
Again, a noise made me jump, this time it was a police siren. Lala was quick to complete her work and began to run … in my direction! When she saw me, she threw me a bag full of paint screaming “Catch it!”
I do not know why, but I ran behind her. I was hypnotized. Since then, I am a Drone. She may be a thief, but she saved my life.
DroneX  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1536698666575473/

Drone X is said to be relocating to the United States in order to begin a special ops project.  She will reinfiltrate the Americas and recruit more Drones.  The project is said to begin in California and stretches throughout the continental United States and Canada.

However, after Drone #1’s banishment, the media questions the true incentives behind Drone X’s relocation.  Drones are dropping like flies, so BOAF asked Drone X herself what she thought about the Drone #1 banishment/punishment:

BOAF:  What is your reaction to the Drone #1 event?

DX: It was delicious.

BOAF: Wait, “delicious”?  I thought it was the Muses that ate Drone #1…

DX:  Yes, Lala fed him to the Muses to see what kind of inspiration she could extract.  But Lala shared the rest ofor him with the Drones, so we could honor his memory.  Now, he lives in all of us.”

(From BOAF phone interview with Drone X, February 1st, 2015)

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According to Drone X, Drone #1’s death sentence was not vindictive.  It was a spiritual ritual to save his Drone essence.  Since breaking Drone Code is a deadly crime in the Lala World, the “punishment” carried out was the most humane and dignified that Lala could have ordered.

If you would like to read more Drone Origin stories, check out (and participate in) the Drones Facebook page.

Keep checking back for updates on The Lala World.

Based on a Fact

RECAP 2014

27 Jan

The Lala World RECAP 2014

For those of you who desire a bit of consolidation of last year’s news:  The Lala World Recap 2014.

The city of lights has not been kind to Lala.  Arrested for spray painting the city walls and landing in urgent care are just a few of Lala Drona’s mishaps since her arrival.

Lala Drona in urgent care.

Lala Drona in urgent care.

Lady Paris seems to have made Lala Drona harder, and the struggle has awakened her darker tendencies.  The year 2014 marks the year of transition, when Lala assumes her title of “art villain.”

On various occasions, Lala has compared her artistic process to theft.  “I steal others ideas because I don’t have my own” (2014 Art Prison Interview, L.D. Times Magazine). However, Lala pushed her artistic process an inch too far at an annual Paris “Perve Grandma Convention,” where she attempted to steal a Fred Le Chevalier piece from his oldest fan.

And Lala did not stop there.  Later on that year, she allegedly stole thousands of dollars from desperate YouTube insomniacs who had fallen victim to her fake sleep hypnosis video.  Although the media seemed to focus on Lala’s dark side, BOAF attempted to show the human behind the artist as well.

On April 24th, Lala traveled back to her home town Denver, Colorado in order to finalize preparations for a long-awaited hand transplant.  Comments filled message boards questioning the authenticity (and humanity) behind the art pieces created since Lala’s mechanical hand acquisition.

Lala caught on the streets of Paris wearing a splint.

Lala caught on the streets of Paris wearing a splint.

How would the prosthetic affect her paintings and would it cramp her hand dancing style?  Before leaving Denver, Lala put on a spontaneous showing of her “Pre-Lala” work in an exclusive at-home art garage sale.

Along with the art garage sale last year, Lala committed other acts that were difficult to understand.  In 2014, Lala’s face appeared twice in the subway station.  The first was in Paris.  She appeared holding an apple in a

Translation:  The #1 extramarital dating site made by women./ Dare. Bite. Taste.

Translation: The #1 extramarital dating site made by women./ Dare. Bite. Taste.

Geeden advertisement for adulterous online-dating (Lala later  painted this experience). Next the artist appeared in a Berlin subway station, pants down in public.  While the Geeden advertisement left fans wondering if Lala had sold out, the no-pants Berlin display just left them confused.

Other stunts this year were much easier to understand.  To prove she isn’t all bad, Lala showed her support in adopting mutant bees in Paris.  Save the bees!Her videos went viral in France when she took to the streets and battled against censorship with her “Don’t Retouch This” campaign.  The artist “pulled a Banksy” when she sold originals of her artwork cheaply on the streets of Paris at the same time as galleries sold her work for thousands at the FIAC.  She even had a little fun as she was seen shopping and drinking champagne at Paris’ 2014 Vogue Fashion Night Out.

    However, it wasn’t all fun and games last year.  In 2014, Lala launched the construction of her Warholian dream:  The Lala Laboratory.  During the construction, tensions in art politics were at a high.  Muses were on strike and Lala’s unorthodox muse practices were thrown into the light.  

Footage caught in Lala Laboratory of muse experiments.

Journalists infiltrated what is thought to be the Lala Laboratory and discovered a Muse Sweatshop.   In an attempt to evade the Art Guild (the authorities), Lala invited journalists to a fake Lala Laboratory tour.  The police were called, and Lala Drona was arrested on the spot for trespassing.

The board members of the Art Guild found Lala guilty of Muse Abuse and Torture in the first degree and she was sentenced to spend one month in Paris Art Prison.  In prison, Lala Drona gave an interview, revealing for the first time ever, the method behind her madness.
Jail Interview SpreadUpon her release, a masked man broke into the prison mail room and stole Lala’s prison letters written to Shutupi.  The unknown man published the letters, revealing perhaps more than Lala would have liked regarding her feelings towards the Art Guild.

Out of jail and straight to work, the artist began preparations for her anticipated exhibition.  After one small exhibition in May 2013 on arrival in Paris, one year later, Lala landed a place on the walls of Düo Gallery.  The exhibition titled From the Bed to the Lab presented a retrospective look on her paintings created in Paris, all connected by the theme of the bed.

Photography and text by Richard Beban from Paris Play.

Photography and text by Richard Beban from Paris Play.

The three series exhibited were the Breast Series: a confrontation with a difficult past/ the bed a place of healing.  The Sexe Sans Sex Series: a series of wanderings, and an analysis of her outside world/ the bed a place of experimentation.  The Lala World Series: Lala’s new series, where she commits to painting the Lala World (the fictionalized articles found on Based on a Fact) in order to move freely between the virtual and the real, and create her own world/ the bed a place of dreams–and her dream: The Lala Lab.

Following a successful exhibition of her world, Lala plans to continue following her dark path.  She’s back to her old methods of abuse and torture in order to extract inspiration from her muses and has marked the beginning of 2015 with the banishment of her beloved Drone #1.  Only time will tell what’s to come of Lala and her Drones, Muses and Laboratory…

See news updates on The Lala World here.

Based on a Fact RECAP 2014

Reporting on Lala Drona Exhibition 2014

29 Dec

The exhibition “FROM THE BED TO THE LAB” covered by journalist Karim Mouici.

Behind the Scenes look

30 Nov

A behind the scenes look at the rehearsal of Lala Drona’s Art Prison Interview.  To be performed on December 11th at 20h00 at her exhibition opening From the Bed to the Lab.

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