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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

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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.

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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

Update: Lala Stays

4 Jul
Lala spotted waiting for the train in central Paris.

Lala spotted waiting for the train in central Paris.

Sources reveal that Lala Drona has officially extended her visa in order to stay in France.  A close friend of Lala’s, one who wishes to remain unnamed, tells Based on a Fact about the artist’s plans.  “This doesn’t mean she’s going to stay in Paris, just that now she has the option of staying.”

Rumors about the artist’s financial situation say that Lala couldn’t leave even if she wanted to.  Lala is even said to have picked up a second job teaching English as a Second language around Paris.  Others have spotted her hauling around large canvases of her work hoping to liaise with local galleries.  Hopefully Lala continues to be “all-business” and stays out of trouble.

We’ll keep you updated on what happens next.

Based on a Fact

 

Lala has created a monster!

9 Jun
I come in peace

Lala’s new piece “I come in peace.” An abstract expression of female and male, almost destroyed by paper goblin.

            This morning, Lala was spotted speaking to the 94 authorities outside of her apartment.

Paper goblin

Paper goblin

Lala claims to have created an art-hungry goblin that now lives inside her apartment and has an insatiable taste for stencil paper and masking tape.  Local authorities arrived to the scene just ten minutes after receiving Lala’s phone call.  Officers left the building chuckling about the endeavor.  “

It really was a cute little monster,” said town councilman Frederick Sosa, who accompanied the authorities.

Paper goblin attacks!

Paper goblin attacks!

            Lala stated that she is not quite sure why the monster came to life.  “I didn’t do anything different.  I put the used paper and tape in a pile, like I always do when I work.”  Lala recollects hearing strange crumpling noises before seeing the monster devour all the paper and tape in sight.  “That thing ripped the paper and tape straight off of the canvas!”

            The authorities did not find the paper goblin to be a threat, so decisions on what to do with it fall on Lala.  When Based on a Fact asked Lala what’s to come of her new-found friend, she said, “He’s got guts.  I think I’ll let him stay.”

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Lala off the wagon again

3 Jun

Does Lala need to go back to artist rehab?  New stencil inspired by her own paintings.  Photos released of the artist back on the aerosol.

First showing since art rehab! Success!

21 May
Lala Drona before opening.

Lala Drona before opening.

At the base of Montmartre, Lala stands with the smokers and chills out after a successful art opening.  The night is calm, and the air chill enough to lure art enthusiasts into the small bar where Lala has presented her work for the first time since released from art rehab.  Art talksExplains piecesSamantha Bait, a well-known Parisian art appreciator commented on the exhibition.  “The story (behind the paintings) becomes more emotional and full of life as Lala Drona explains her work… I expect to see more paintings, a way to discover her.” Many others were also surprised by how personal the content was.  Abstract realism, women’s bodies, and no heads.  One, a self-portrait of the artist, a story about her medical history.  The colors illuminated the bar and impacted many of its onlookers.   Lala explains

Based on a Fact had a moment to catch up with the artist and asked her why she chose such a personal subject matter.  She responded, “I’m an artist, so everything I’ve experienced is sort of on blast for the rest of the world.  What is art but another way of telling stories?  And who wants a half-finished story?  It’s like, sorry readers, but the author was too chicken to write the whole story, so you might not understand it with its missing pieces.  I think I’ve told every embarrassing or frightening story I’ve ever had in my paintings.  Or at least, that’s one of my goals.”

"U" Tres Fermee

Although the last metro had ended, many stayed at the bar, sharing, talking and drinking.  “I had a great time.  Lala surely knows how to turn a bar into a place full of emotions with her beautiful paintings.  I’ll surely keep an eye on this artist,” said Amine B., CEO of Mazian.

Based on a Fact would like to thank everyone for participating in this special showing of Lala’s work.  For those who would like another chance to speak to the artist about her work, there will be a small showing Thursday May 30th at the Botak Café.

Botak Café

Botak Café

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Exhibition Opening: Paris, 210 days

13 May

Here we goThis Friday May 17th at 7pm, Based on a Fact presents Lala Drona’s first exhibition since leaving art rehab.  These last 7 months in Paris, Lala has escaped paparazzi attacks, fought with the homeless, had run-ins with the police, been investigated for participation in a zoo jailbreak, got into turf wars with neighboring graffiti artists/gangs, has fallen on her face and broke her tooth, rejected from art school, arrested and out of rehab and still continues to stay in Paris despite the disaster it has come to be.  “It’s been quite a storm,” she quotes to the L.D. Times.  “Hopefully one day I’ll say it was the perfect storm!”

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Lala Vernissage

Exhibition Information: May 17th at 7pm

Botak Café (Montmartre)

1 Rue Paul Albert

75018 Paris

Out of Rehab and Out of Cash

7 May

Lala OutAfter Lala’s last few run-ins with the local 94 police, she admitted herself into Le Tableau Vierge, a rehabilitation center located in the outskirts of Paris.  The orderlies commented on Lala’s participation, saying she was “surprisingly well-behaved,” and “actually quite a pleasure to have, despite the image painted by the media.” Games in Rehab

Rumors stir about financial struggle after Lala’s accident last February (medical bills) and other negative media hits.  No well-respected galleries are accepting the young rock-and-roll-image artist.  Many wonder if  this is why Lala is exhibiting her work at a small local café in Montmatre this month.  TherapyThe LD Times theorizes that perhaps the young artist feels as if she has sold out in Paris, and is taking control of how her work is exhibited, something that has been impossible thus far in her career with established galleries.

Either way, it looks like Lala Drona might need some help.  This is why Based on a Fact will be accepting donations to help Lala stay in Paris and to help her continue with her art.  Keep art alive, and keep Based on a Fact up and running.  Anything helps!   

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Lala Drives Out New Neighbor!

1 Apr

Reenactment: Lala spraying neighbor in the face.

Recently neighbors have been saying that Lala has become somewhat of a recluse.    We’ve seen time and time again that Lala will go at any lengths to protect her private life,  however on March 31st Lala commits an act that questions her overall mental stability.

Claire DuMont, Lala’s new neighbor, was moving into her home in the 94 when she realized she was short a few chairs for a house-warming party.  She knocked on her neighbor’s door to ask if they had any extra chairs when she received a very hostile welcome to the area.  “All I remember is a can of spray paint in my face,” she states in an interview with 94 reporters.  “If it weren’t for my glasses, I could be blind.  I ran into my apartment and called the 94 authorities.”

DuMont’s glasses after transparent paint bomb.

When Lala is questioned about the events, she seems a bit too blasé about the ordeal. When asked to replace DuMont’s glasses, she responds, “…She’s okay.  And it was transparent paint.”  Natalia Strak, Lala’s lawyer comes to her defense.  The official statement reading that Lala was defending herself from possible paparazzi attack.  That she had no intention of spraying any innocent person in the face.

Transparent Paint Evidence

Strak says that Lala will be let off with a slap on the wrist, but that the continued Lala calamity has revealed itself as a cry for help.  A public statement has been released stating Lala will be attending therapy sessions at Tableau Vierge, a rehabilitation center for artists sliding off their rocker.

Based on a fact by Kent Deloy

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