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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.

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No Article: muses on strike

25 Jan

Muses on strikeBased On a Fact apologizes for the absence of a Lala Drona article.  A quiet lull has taken over workshops everywhere as at 10 am on January 24th, muses have officially announced that they have gone on strike.  Due to harsh work conditions, low to no-pay and no artistic credit, muses have assembled to fight for visibility and rights within the artistic community.  Muses state that they cannot continue to be the “brains behind the operation” without proper compensation.  Throughout the ages, muses have been exploited for their work, and are currently looking to institutionalize their practices.  Pauline Devenport, a self-proclaimed muse, would like to start her own business, a company that provides inspirational services.  “We would provide “muse” services to companies and individuals.  This means protection and financial compensation for muses’ work.  But first, we have to unionize.”

Since rising up, muses have experienced quite the backlash.  Artists have said that inspiration does not have constraints, that it comes from everywhere.  Whether it be a tree, a sunrise or a conversation with someone.  Many say that the relationship between artist and muse is private and that institutionalizing the idea of the muse will limit artistic expression.   

One thing that this strike has illuminated is that artist and muse are not mutually exclusive.  Artistic activity everywhere is at a standstill while artists sit blankly in front of their projects without their muses.  Artists and muses are set to negotiate muse demands tomorrow afternoon in an online debate.  Whatever the outcome of the debate, an exciting future awaits the ever-changing art community, as muses obtain long-awaited visibility within the art sphere.              

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