by Ariadna Zierold
Jeffrey Chong‘s artwork is a reflection of his emotions and memories, and shows his understanding and interpretation of his life experience and the world that surrounds him. He has lived in Canada since 1999, but his time spent growing up in his native China has been an important influence on his artwork. He has painted portraits of his family members at different ages as well as different locations in China that he remembers from his past.
All the figures that he creates on canvas are himself in a way; they reflect his cultural upbringing, personal feelings, and experiences. He thinks of them as characters in a drama, and the canvas as a stage. Chong’s work is a response to the imbalance between his inside feelings and the outside world. He fuses classical concepts and traditional techniques into his work using his own exaggerated figures. These figures reflect the history of western oil painting techniques but also show contemporary themes of eastern culture.
Time and time again, we have been thinking about what a great era of music videos we are in. Sure, the platform is different, but real artists are getting a chance to collaborate with musicians on really impressive projects. Willis Earl Beal’s “Evening’s Kiss” is getting a lot of attention in our office at the moment, not only because the song is good, but because the artwork was done by Mr Beal. Great stuff.
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A quick nine questions with one of our favorite artists, and not to mention one of our favorite people, Sao Paulo-based, Sesper. Music, art, collage, video, skateboarding… this guy does it all!
1) Lunchbox or paper bag?
Sesper: I think paper bags, because I can save and use in my art later, and also I don’t remember using a lunchbox when I was at the school. Paper bags or plastic bags are more traditional in Brazil.
2) Best coffee in Sao Paulo?
Sesper: Hard to answer, I don’t like these fancy new coffee shop places serving the best taste… I like espressos that I make at my house or with the Baglione’s and their coffee activities.
3) Did you ever use the Morse Code feature on walkie-talkies as a kid?
Sesper: I don’t remember the Morse Code on walkie-talkies… but my father used to be a fisherman for his whole life so we did some real radio transmissions to talk with him when the ship was far away for like two weeks at least. Sailin.
4) Miller or Budweiser?
Sesper: Buds with Budweiser, gang green “another wasted night style” for sure… but I’m not into drinking anymore, just in really special occasions.
5) Da Vinci or Michelangelo?
Sesper: Pettibon and Pushead no doubt, but i think da Vinci maybe…
6) Paloma Picasso or Mark Bode?
Sesper: Mark Bode for sure! His style is classic shit!
7) Eames or Antique furniture?
Sesper: Well I don’t pay much attention on the furniture I have at my home with my two kids, ready to destroy everything. I think we go for the cheap shit, a sale season from Eames.
Mosques or Cathedrals? What does a better job architecturally?
Sesper: Cathedrals I think does better architecture… but I think my artwork is more into the firestarters burning churches.
9) Tell us about one artist we should all know about?
Sesper: Alot to mention but by the way he combines his artwork with different medias I will say it’s Thomas Spicolli from Sarate, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also used to live a long time in Sao Paulo… his music project Tilda Flipers and artwork is really amazing using collages, audio and video projections—he deserves a check!
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Just released from the printing press is the newest book from Alex Pardee, “Awful / Resilient.” Open the cover and enter the incredible world of Alex Pardee – inhabited by a disturbing menagerie of misfit monsters and improbable superheroes plucked from the very nightmares of childhood. Available right now at the Upper Playground online store.
“Awful / Resilient” features 250 illustrations in it’s 172 pages and measures 8.5″ x 11″ in hardcover.