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Exposed!: Lala’s maltreatment of muses

10 Feb

Muse tells allA plague of uninspired and unproductive artists has spread among the art community since the muse strike some weeks ago.  The strike successful on the side of the muses, as now according to the law, muses must be financially compensated for their work.  Large cities everywhere have given birth to new muse service companies, as the new market skyrockets the economy.

One of the many muse service companies emerging in cities everywhere.

One of the many muse service companies emerging in cities everywhere.

The strike has given voice to this once (and still in many ways) oppressed group, resulting in a new Muse awareness that is sweeping the globe.  Many muses are now surfacing with stories of exploitation under the tyranny of their artists.  One of the most foul examples of muse abuse to count was by our very own, Lala Drona.  Based on a Fact interviewed her ex-muse who decided to let it all go:

BOAF: So tell us about your experience in the “retreat” Lala brought you to.

M:  The first few days were fine.  Lala was very welcoming, and we mostly just talked.  I ran some errands for her, and mused her whenever she asked.  But after a while, things started becoming strange.

BOAF:  Please, go on.

M: Well, she started working me really hard, liking my ideas and needing more all the time.  She asked me for massages and other favors frequently. I was sleep-deprived for days and she didn’t let me eat unless I gave her the “right” ideas.  I kept up the work because I knew this job opens a lot of doors.  I could have been set for life if I inspired the right piece for her.

BOAF:  And did you inspire the right piece?

M: Yes, I did.  I inspired all of her most recognized pieces, but was not given credit or compensation for any of them.  I should have had a big pay-out, especially according to the type of practices I succumbed to.

BOAF:  Please, tell us about the practices Lala subjected you to.

M: I remember the interrogation room.   I was interrogated to see if I would give up any Lala secrets.  I was tortured using Chinese military brainwashing techniques.  They drugged me during these cycles of psychological torment.

BOAF:  And were you drugged at any other moment during your time at the retreat?

M: There were experiments where I, and I believe, other muses were drugged.  In these memories, I just remember flashes of images, a round white rooms, paint, a cake, and other bodies.  The artists watched from windows above.  I prefer to keep these secrets buried in the subconscious.

BOAF:  Anything else you’d like to say about Lala?

M:  Yes.  Many ex-muses of hers defend her unconventional artistic practices, claiming to be her vessel, at all costs.  But I will stand and say no to modern day slavery of my brothers and sisters.

Lala interviews new muses in Milan

 

Based on a Fact hits have plummeted as Drones everywhere have been giving up on Lala since recent accusations.  Her recent visits to Berlin and Milan have turned out to be a desperate attempt to find a new muse.  Allegedly, like many other artists, she refuses to use a muse service and continues to search for muse-work off the books.  Perhaps to protect her privacy, or perhaps to get a tax break.  Maybe she just strives to conserve the non-institutionalized practice of the Muse, to keep her process more organic.  Whatever the case, she must find someone soon before her tarnished image catches up to the rest of the world.

Lala searches for muse

Lala Gone WILD: out of the cocoon and into Berlin

17 Jan

Pant-less in Berlin

            Drones everywhere are wondering, has Lala gone mad?  Her recent stay in Berlin has caused quite the buzz, many wondering if her failed attempt at her December Cocoon has sent her into a downward spiral.  Lala has been spotted, dining with different anonymous men in the same night, salsa dancing with women in after-parties, and also half-naked on the Berlin metro.

On a Berlin subway train, one of our sources caught Lala removing her trousers.  “I was like, whoa, that’s Lala Drona reading a subway map.  Then I was like, whoa, that’s Lala Drona taking off her pants while reading a subway map!  I thought she was crazy until I saw everyone else doing it.”  Apparently, Lala was joining a movement where people come together and take off their pants on the metro.  Why?  Well, there is no official answer to that, but apparently, it is a concept that is sweeping the world.

Lala meets Pancho on crowded Berlin subway train.

Lala meets Pancho on crowded Berlin subway train.

When Lala was able to break away from the press, she found a seat next to a masked man, also pant-less on the subway.  Richard Bird, a photographer for the Morggenpost states that “Lala began talking to the masked man, something serious despite them not wearing pants.  After hearing some young girls scream his name from the other end of the train, I realized it was the infamous Pancho Panoptes, a very “now” Berlin artist.”  Sources say the cameras surrounded the two artists until they made a break for it and were spotted chatting next to the River Spree.Strange rendezvous'

Apparently Lala talked to many others on her trip to Berlin.  She was spotted deep in conversation with three different men.  As if that was not bizarre enough, she was also holding their hands in the same intimate matter.  The icing on the cake is that Lala was later found dancing salsa with women in a Berlin club.  Is Lala dating around?  Or are these also artists with whom she is collaborating? Perhaps she’s really just gone mad.

Dancing in the club The last possible reason for Lala’s extreme behavior could be that although she failed to complete the December Cocoon, she is still leaving it a transformed butterfly.  Lala is currently collaborating with Based on a Fact to remodel the site and add a space dedicated to her Drones.  She’s added a facebook and flickr page, and seems to be revamping her look.  Some have spotted Lala wearing a black wig and cane.  This perhaps to hide her identity, or perhaps the beginning of so sort of image transformation.

Either way, Lala has Drones standing still, some with their jaws dropped and others with a smile, but all waiting for this rapidly changing artist’s next move.

Based on a Fact

Sara Compts, Journalist for The L.D. Times

Lala Drona Escapes Cops after Fred le Chevalier’s Opening

8 Oct

Lala EscapesA night of art mayhem has thrown the Lala Drona back into the limelight.  Our story begins when Lala is spotted at Fred Le Chevalier’s art opening in Paris.  The art opening was greatly anticipated and crowds of trendy, alternative art-types showed up to view these romantically dark and brilliant pieces concerning love, fear and death. Fred le Chevalier Witnesses say Lala came alone and seemed quite desperate to find someone to talk to.  Pauline Guersant, an art collector at the show remembers Lala at the party.  “She looked quite anxious.  Trying to talk to anyone about the art that would listen.  I think she ended up talking to DAKO because he has a kind ear.”  Another source states that it looked like Lala and DAKO actually seemed to have been getting along, toasting champagne and laughing.

Lala Drona with DAKO (left) and Fred le Chevalier (right).

Lala Drona with DAKO (left) and Fred le Chevalier (right).

Calling out EP13

Lala’s unfinished stencil next to EP13’s call-out to her.

However, Lala’s new friend DAKO (a prominent street artist emerging from Berlin) might have just become her greatest enemy.  After the art opening, the two street artists were seen leaving together.  Later that night, a disturbance was reported to the department 94 police.  Destruction of private property.  Apparently DAKO and Lala decided to send a message back to another street artist EP13, who had written Lala’s name on the same wall.

Lala and DAKO interrupted by cops before finishes piece.

Lala and DAKO interrupted by cops before finishes piece.

The police arrived before they could finish.  Although Lala escaped, DAKO was apprehended, but not without a fight.  Crowds watched as DAKO took down four French policemen before he was finally subdued when four additional officers arrived on site.  Although rumors suggest bad blood between the two street artists, according to Police Chief Nicolas Monteau that will not be a problem.  “This DAKO character will be deported as soon as I am able to finish the paperwork,” he quotes.

Fans will continue to keep an eye out for Lala during the next week as she continues to try to immerse herself into the alternative art culture of Paris whilst working on her own projects.  Be sure to check next week for another Lala update.

Based on a Fact

Lily Garrison, Journalist at EZVoyage

Lala Painting Porn at the Park

5 Sep

Caught PaintingLala look-alikes have been reported all over Europe since Lala’s disappearance last July.  Many say she simply went French and took the entire month of August off.  However, once photos surfaced of Lala in Berlin, Germany, Based on a Fact booked a flight to catch up with the artist.StreetArt tour

Based on a Fact met with Lala in a Berlin park where she was painting a new, rather risqué art piece, inspired by a graphic novel by Manara.  When asked about her abrupt decision to travel to Berlin, Lala replied,  “I felt like I needed to get away from Paris and all its Disneyland-like wonder.  Leave the dream and lick the floor, if you know what I mean.”

Graffiti Paparazzi, Berlin

Graffiti Paparazzi, Berlin

Lala gave Based on a Fact a personal tour of the city where she explained some of her favorite pieces.

ROA, Berlin

ROA, Berlin

ROA, a Belgian street artist was among a few.  Lala explained that ROA travels to cities around the world and depicts the animals that are indigenous to that immediate region.

Based on a Fact was pleased to be invited to a stencil workshop with Lala where she and fellow street artists

Stencil workshop

discussed techniques from stencil making to graffiti/building repelling.  “I came to learn, to exchange ideas with other artists.  Berlin is a city in motion, always changing.  It feels like anything is possible here.  It’s electric and real.  Like the slogan says, poor, but sexy.”

Word still not out on Lala’s next move.  The artist seems to have fallen in love with the underground city.  Will she return to Paris?  Based on a fact will keep you updated as we await Lala’s decision between wine and beer.

Terra Feldman, Los Angeles for Based on a Fact

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