Matcho Girl Olivia Clavel & Les Aventures De Télé

Olivia Clavel, 1980

Faut-il l’ajouter : Olivia est la dessinatrice de BD la plus mo­derne, la plus en avance, celle dont la sensibilité est la plus ai­guë. Il serait temps que les femmes lectrices de BD com­mencent à s’en apercevoir. Ça vient.

EN 1973, à Actuel, on vit se pointer une jeune fille de dix-sept ans, timide et déjà un peu trop parano, qui amenait des dessins pas possi­bles, au trait proche de ceux des enfants, avec des scénarii bizarroïdes. Pour certains, dont je fus, il fallut plusieurs histoires pour être convaincus que c’était génial. On la publia. Elle était aux Beaux-Arts avec une bande de mecs qui vou­laient tout casser. Ils firent un fanzine dont le retentissement allait être retardé de quelques années, Bazooka. De son coté, la jeune fille créait Loukhoum Breton, qui n’eut qu’un nu­méro. Le groupe était né, dont elle resta la seule fille.

Olivia Clavel a vingt-cinq ans. Elle a vécu l’aventure bazookienne, ses hauts et ses bas, son délire et ses galères, sa gloire et ses coups durs jusgu’au bout, en 1979. Au­jourd’hui, elle travaille seule. On la voit régulièrement dans ce journal et son grand frère Hara-Kiri. De temps en temps, une illustration par-ci par-là. Question albums, il y a tou­jours l’admirable « Gloria Spontex » (avec Loulou et Kiki Picasso) chez Futuropolis (1977), et le Dernier Terrain Vague vient de publier son pre­mier recueil personnel, la grande saga des aventures de Télé, ce personnage à tête de télévision qui ressemble tant à l’auteur. Titre : Matcho Girl. Pourquoi ? Eh bien, l’ami Berroyer a expliqué qu Olivia était « pédé comme une otarie ».

Faut-il l’ajouter : Olivia est la dessinatrice de BD la plus mo­derne, la plus en avance, celle dont la sensibilité est la plus ai­guë. Il serait temps que les femmes lectrices de BD com­mencent à s’en apercevoir. Ça vient.


Negative: Olivia Clavel, Matcho Girl

Is it necessary to add it: Olivia is the most modern comic strip artist, the most advanced, the one whose sensitivity is the most acute. It’s time for female comic book readers to start realizing it. It’s coming.

IN 1973, at Actuel, we saw a young seventeen-year-old girl show up, shy and already a little too paranoid, who brought in impossible drawings, with a line similar to those of children, with bizarre scenarios. For some, including myself, it took several stories to be convinced it was great. We published it. She was at the Beaux-Arts with a bunch of guys who wanted to smash everything. They made a fanzine whose impact was going to be delayed for a few years, Bazooka. For her part, the young girl created Loukhoum Breton, which only had one number. The group was born, of which she remained the only daughter.

Olivia Clavel is twenty-five years old. She lived the Bazookian adventure, its ups and downs, its delirium and its galleys, its glory and its hard times until the end, in 1979. Today, she works alone. We see her regularly in this newspaper and her big brother Hara-Kiri. From time to time, an illustration here and there. Question albums, there is always the admirable “Gloria Spontex” (with Loulou and Kiki Picasso) in Futuropolis (1977), and the Last Terrain Vague has just published his first personal collection, the great saga of the adventures of TV, this character television head who looks so much like the author. Title: Matcho Girl. Why ? Well, friend Berroyer explained that Olivia was “fag like a sea lion”.

Is it necessary to add it: Olivia is the most modern comic strip artist, the most advanced, the one whose sensitivity is the most acute. It’s time for female comic book readers to start realizing it. It’s coming.


Olivia Clavel, Bande Dessinée

Explique toi please !

O.C. : Je vais faire un petit journal, c’est Loulou Picasso qui va s’occuper de toute la partie technique. Il y aura des crobards, des polaroids, des articles, des interviews, un peu comme un cahier de dessin. Tiré sur offset, ce sera distri­bué à très peu d’exemplaires. Ce sera pour les filles essentiellement. Je vais faire ça pour le pied ; faire un journal de BD pour gagner de l’argent, c’est dur. Ce qui me permet de gagner ma vie, ce sont mes BD dans Charlie, dans Métal, dans Sandwich. Pas avec ce petit journal. Un regard moderne ou Bulletin périodique, ça ne nous a pas fait vivre, mais en même temps c’était super de faire ça. Et ça a influencé plein de gens…


O.C : I’m going to write a little diary, it’s Loulou Picasso who will take care of all the technical part. There will be crobards, polaroids, articles, interviews, a bit like a sketchbook. Printed on offset, it will be distributed in very few copies. It will be for girls mainly. I’m going to do this for the foot; making a comic book to earn money is hard. What allows me to make a living are my comics in Charlie, in Metal, in Sandwich. Not with this little diary. A modern look or periodic bulletin, it didn’t make us live, but at the same time it was great to do that. And it influenced a lot of people…


Olivia Tele Clavel, Bande Dessinée

Et ça continue… En ce mo­ment, à part Charlie, on ne te voit plus beaucoup dans les Journaux. Tu en avais marre ?

O.C. : J’ai eu une période diffi­cile dans ma vie, Je n’avais pas d’appart’ fixe, j’etais malade. Je produisais peu. Bazooka s’est arrêté, on s’est séparés. On allait mal, on a erré à droite et à gauche. Bon, maintenant, j’ai un appart’, ça repart. J’ai fait une pochette de disque, an groupe de filles suédoises, des filles de dix-huit ans, punks mais sympathiques. Là, je n’ai pas honte ; Kiki Picasso, lui, il avait même fait la pochette de Nicoletta : un peu dur !

Tu ne fais jamais de pub ?

O.C. : Non, je ne peux pas en faire, ce n’est pas une question de morale, c’est pour la simple raison qu’on ne peut me faire de commande. Par exemple, si on me demande de dessiner un rasoir ou un pot de lait, je ne peux pas. Je ne peux faire que ce que j’ai envie. Donc pas de pub. Et en plus, mon dessin n’est pas très pub.


And it goes on… At the moment, apart from Charlie, we don’t see you much in the Newspapers anymore. Were you fed up?

O.C.: I had a difficult time in my life, I didn’t have a fixed apartment, I was sick. I produced little. Bazooka stopped, we separated. We were going badly, we wandered right and left. Well, now I have an apartment, it starts again. I did a record cover, a group of Swedish girls, eighteen year old girls, punks but friendly. There, I am not ashamed; Kiki Picasso, he had even made the cover of Nicoletta: a little hard!

Do you ever advertise?

O.C.: No, I can’t, it’s not a question of morality, it’s for the simple reason that I can’t be commissioned. For example, if someone asks me to draw a razor or a jug of milk, I can’t. I can only do what I want. So no ads. And in addition, my drawing is not very publicity.


Lulu Larsen et Olivia Clavel raccontent brievement Bazooka
Bazooka mag.

Est-ce que tu arrives quand même à t’en sortir financière­ment ?

O.C. : Assez mal en ce moment, mais je commence à y arriver. Du temps de Bazooka, on ga­gnait plus d’argent. Il y avait Libération tous les mois… Mais mon livre va se vendre (rires) ! Et il y a d’autres circuits que le monde de la BD, les filles vont l’acheter…

Tu as l’impression que les filles aiment lire la BD mo­derne ?

O.C. : La nouvelle génération, genre fille de dix-huit ans, oui.

Je suis pessimiste. J’avais l’impression qu’il y allait avoir une énorme révolution. Dans les débats, dédicaces, ou à An-goulême, quand une fille vient, c’est toùjours pour accompa­gner son Jules, comme au foot. Avec l’éclatement de la BD, le succès des dessinatrices, Je croyais que ça allait changer, mais non. Depuis dix ans, ça n’a pas bougé d’un poil. Pour la plupart des femmes, le tabou demeure : la BD, c’est pour les enfants et les débiles,. Tu crois qu’on en sortira un Jour ?

O.C. : Oui. Les copines de ma sœur, par exemple, qui ont dix-huit-vingt ans, lisent les BD. Donc, rien n’est perdu (rires).


Olivia Tele Clavel, Bande Dessinée

Do you still manage to get by financially?

O.C.: Pretty bad right now, but I’m starting to get there. In Bazooka’s time, we made more money. There was Liberation every month… But my book will sell (laughs)! And there are other circuits than the world of comics, the girls will buy it…

Do you think girls like to read modern comics?

O.C.: The new generation, like an eighteen-year-old girl, yes.

I am pessimist. I felt like there was going to be a huge revolution. In debates, dedications, or in An-gouleme, when a girl comes, it’s always to accompany her Jules, like in football. With the explosion of comics, the success of designers, I thought that was going to change, but no. For ten years, things haven’t changed a bit. For most women, the taboo remains: comics are for children and the weak. Do you think we’ll get out of it one day?

O.C.: Yes. My sister’s friends, for example, who are 18, read comics. So nothing is lost (laughs).


Olivia Clavel, bande dessinée

Il y a combien de temps que Bazooka s’est dissous ?

O.C. : Un an-deux ans. Les der­niers travaux communs, ça a été le générique de « Chorus » et un journal dans un disque qui s’appelait « la Perversita ». Loulou continue, il vient de faire une expo importante. Lulu Larsen, je ne sais pas bien… Kiki Picasso, ça va très bien pour lui, il est marié, père de famille, il fait de la pub et…


How long ago did Bazooka disband?

O.C.: One year-two years. The last joint works were the credits of “Chorus” and a diary in a record called “La Perversita”. Loulou continues, he has just done an important exhibition. Lulu Larsen, I’m not sure… Kiki Picasso, things are going very well for him, he’s married, a father, he advertises and…

N’oubliez pas de visiter la fan-page de l’artiste pour plus d’oeuvres et de bandes dessinées:

oliviaclavel.art

The Olivia “Télé – No sport” Clavel Fanclub


Woman Behind the Sun: Mallie Hellström

Detail: Mallie Hellström, Collage on carton, A4, 2022

Her Above Everything*

Mallie Hellström

She come from far,
In the wildeness of her life,
To reach the optimum,
She is protection,
Her senses are passion,
Fired hearts in a thunderstorm of raw feelings,
The universe melts emotions,
Let you and her feel like it will be
the best last bit of everything.

*Poem for the collage self-titled

Mallie Hellström, Tryptic ‘No.1: Her Above Everything’, ‘No.2: Beauty Dies Last’, ‘No.3: One Step Back Three Steps Forward’ Photo Montage, 2022

Mallie Hellström is a contemporary analog collagist and interdisciplinary artist works in her own studio based in Berlin, Lichtenberg. Mallie is a young artist, but it is possible to come across an intense experience in her art already. She is synthesizing the modernist collage tradition with the surrealist attitude, bringing it to the present day and creating miracles.

She also curates regularly group-exhibitions and art-events such as Karnival Of Arts – that is a three days art-event since 2021 (with focus for flinta and queer artists since 2022) and in solidarity from this year with artistic and cultural associations with social interests.

She has been interested in colors since her early ages, has improved herself by making detailed drawings and posters over time. In the paintings which she creates by releasing the subconscious with surrealist automatic technique, a decorative intensity, a textural elegance, interesting symbols and expressions waiting to be revealed are hidden.

Mallie Hellström, sketch, ink on paper, 2017

Mallie Hellström, Collages on carton, Left: ‘Untitled’, Right: ‘Seculum’ A4, 2022

One Step Back

Three Steps Forward*

Mallie Hellström

Sie erwarteten nichts und doch,
Verwechselten sie Ängste mit Liebe,
Die eine Liebe die sie verdienten,
Konnten sie sich nicht erfüllen,
Um schlussendlich zu realisieren,
Es war Ilussion, eine Zeitlang gut,
Wieder aufgebaut auf Trümmern,
Ihrer einst so tiefen Zuneigung,
Lass los, lass laufen,
Es wird für beide ein großes Los sein,
Was nicht zusammengehört,
Wird nie zu etwas unendlichen führen,
Vorallem wenn beide so fühlen,
Sie bleiben sich trotzdem zugewandt,
In ewiger freundschaftlicher Treue,
Gehen sie nun Ihre eigenen Wege.

*Poem for the collage self-titled


Mallie Hellström ‘Golden Smog Golden Lungs’ Collage on handmade paper, 22×17,5 cm, 2022
Mallie Hellström, ‘Untitled’ Mixed media collage, 2022

These are not enough for Hellström, with the collage technique she has developed, the artist begins to create touching and critical scenes over time.

Her work honors the Dada aesthetic in the 21st century. Mallie takes the viewer on a tour through many layers of thought and history in her compositions created with the traditional method, these visual poems can also be read as serious paintings that examine many concepts.

She also takes active part in artist collectives and open to receive requests for exhibitions as well collaborations under her Instagram @artbyhellstrm or by email artbyhellstrm @ gmail.com

Don’t forget to visit artbyhellstrm for more art.


Diego Lazzarin: Aminoacid Boy and the Chaos Order

Diego Lazzarin, Galerie Le Dernier Cri, 2019

DIEGO LAZZARIN
Aminoacid Boy and the Chaos Order

Autoprodotto, 160 pp. – Euro 21,00 – Traduzione di Marco Franca

Fermo immagine:

“Blend in with them, embrace their customs and experience as they do! And I recommend you… behave properly, always!”

Lazzarin ha compiuto un piccolo miracolo. Non pago di una visione scintillante e meditata, ricca, vitale e carica di suggestioni, è riuscito a metterla in atto con coerenza e concretezza. Facendo ricorso alle risorse del crowfunding, con sommo stile e serietà, l’autore ha avuto modo di stampare una “copia conforme” al suo ideale, celebrato a furia di inventiva e personalità. Già diviso fra animazione, video e pittura, Lazzarin in questo volume rilancia un’idea di intrattenimento che annulla alla sorgente le divisioni tra cultura “alta” e lowbrow. Aminoacid Boy… deve infatti la sua riuscita tanto all’apparentemente lineare, ma ricchissimo e peculiare, comparto grafico e visivo, quanto alle vere e proprie derive narrative e “linguistiche” che porta nel cuore. Cronaca dell’alieno, dell’altro, del diverso che s’affaccia sul nostro mondo, più che mostrare un percorso di formazione o iniziazione il volume assomiglia a un conte philosophique per immagini, dove (s)ragionare a dovere sull’essere umano e quanto lo definisce. Per farlo, l’autore sceglie di frullare Chagall a furia di acidi e DMT, infilandoci a viva forza Francis Bacon, E. Munch, H. Bosch, il pop surrealista, la felice e caotica spinta creativa di un autore controcorrente quale Tom Bunk, cover di dischi, le visioni di Ed Wood e chissà cos’altro. Al di fuori dell’azzardo di paragoni discutìbili, l’impronta visiva, fantastica nella resa dei colori e del risultato, si rivela funzionale al risultato: un pastiche bizzarro in grado di rimandare al lettore l’assurdità grottesca della civiltà umana. Che tutto questo sia il frutto di un’opera prima, con le singole tavole dipinte a mano in tecnica mista (acrilico, acquerelli, chine, colori ad olio), pare un invito spicciolo al piacere e all’attesa del prossimo parto. Da supportare con tutto il cuore, in omaggio alla libertà creativa e all’indipendenza editoriale.

Daniele Fermerò


Amino Acid Boy and the Chaos Order

Lazzarin performed a small miracle. Not satisfied with a sparkling and meditated vision, rich, vital and full of suggestions, he managed to implement it with coherence and concreteness. Using the resources of crowdfunding, with great style and seriousness, the author was able to print a “compliant copy” of his ideal, celebrated by dint of inventiveness and personality. Already divided between animation, video and painting, Lazzarin in this volume relaunches an idea of ​​entertainment that cancels the divisions between “high” and lowbrow culture at its source. In fact, Aminoacid Boy… owes its success as much to the apparently linear, but very rich and peculiar, graphic and visual sector, as to the real narrative and “linguistic” drifts that it carries in its heart. Chronicle of the alien, of the other, of the different that faces our world, rather than showing a path of training or initiation, the volume resembles a conte philosophique for images, where (s)reason properly about the human being and what defines it. To do this, the author chooses to blend Chagall with acids and DMT, forcefully inserting Francis Bacon, E. Munch, H. Bosch, surrealist pop, the happy and chaotic creative drive of a counter-current author such as Tom Bunk, record covers, visions of Ed Wood and who knows what else. Apart from the risk of questionable comparisons, the visual imprint, fantastic in the rendering of the colors and the result, proves to be functional to the result: a bizarre pastiche able to remind the reader of the grotesque absurdity of human civilization. That all of this is the result of a first work, with the single panels painted by hand in mixed techniques (acrylic, watercolours, inks, oil colours), seems like a small invitation to pleasure and to wait for the next birth. To be supported wholeheartedly, in homage to creative freedom and editorial independence.

Daniele Fermerò


Article by Milica Ivic on Diego Lazzarin for the NOVO DOBA FESTIVAL catalog, 2022

DIEGO LAZZARIN
MUNSTER INQUISITION
Ultrabrutalmania Raidspacebattle

Milica Ivić

My life was miserable. A life of a shabby, second-grade monster. Same boring monster routine every day, same dirty taverns with toothless drunk monsters arguing and throwing glands at each other. No job. no girlfriend, no perspective. I was not meant to get out of that shiihole. Was I composed of distinctive disparate components? No. Were my muscles and bones and arteries exposed on the surface of my body? No. Was I frightening at first glance? No, not at all. Miserable creature.

I didn’t have an idea what to do with my life. Everything seemed pointless for my generation. The welfare state was gone, the big consumerist dream vanished, and endless drug and sex psychedelia worked no more. There was simply no solution. If anyone asked me back then where I would choose to be. I would just say: wherever. But then a new rumor came to town. Everyone was talking about it. It was the next big thing, the dream of every young monster who had any self-respect. No one really knew what it was about, but you could hear it everywhere: Ultrabrutalmania Raidspacebattle!

It started to burn my imagination. It was roasting my desires like a fine old acid on exposed membranes. Apparently, it was a monster heaven, placed in between volcanoes and deserts, where mutants could show oft and go into a real battle.
That was my chance! I had no idea how to get there, but I was about to find out. I was obsessed, but focused! I was going mad, but determined to succeed. I was asking around and was listening to every conversation in the city just to get lo know who was behind this project.

And there it was. a legend, a myth, a shady figure of a guy called Diego.

Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade. Photos by Jahvo Joža

Diego was good at hiding, but his activities were tracked. His movements appeared on the market. Information about him could be exchanged for some valuable goods. I paid a dozen of tzantzas for a chance to see him. I was given coordinates for his meeting with come Serbian “gallerists” who were willing to host Diego and the monster flock and use them for their dubious purposes.

Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade. Photos by Jahvo Joža

He became known as the Monster Daddy. The monsters loved Diego and he loved them back. They became a loyal flock, well-trained, well-organized and ready to kill. But everyone knew that his monsters were so damn handsome. Well built, well dressed, with finest accessories, with a killing attitude. I was never meant to be a part of that good-looking crowd. I just did not have that appeal! The rumor went that he used knowledge of dental radiology and manipulation of x-rays to adapt the monsters he chose for the battle. He was picking ihem up at dirty bars, dark alleys and suburbs and transforming them into stars of Ultrabrutalmania! I was hoping I could get through his makeover treatment.

I knew I was The One for the Raidspacebattle. I was training myself to win any arcade battle with those ignorant fucks, splitting their asses on comfortable chairs while holding joysticks and pretending to kill monsters. Hold on you fart-catchers! I am about to show you the real battle! I was practicing levitation and shooting, appearing from the far right and lower left corner. I was multiplying my skills every day – improving side vision by avoiding vehicles on the highway while zigzagging in opposite directions, counting backwards while reciting the Catalog of ships from Homer’s Iliad and mixing highly saturated acids.

Preview of the game Ultrabrutalmania Raidspacebattle! Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade. Photos by Jahvo Joža

I was strong and fit and I just had to find Diego first and get his attention. It was hard to get to him. No one knew him. He was not part of the comic publishing establishment, he could not be found in underground communities. He played by his own rules, surrounded by his monster friends.

Diego was good at hiding, but his activities were tracked. His movements appeared on the market. Information about him could be exchanged for some valuable goods. I paid a dozen of tzantzas for a chance to see him. I was given coordinates for his meeting with come Serbian “gallerists” who were willing to host Diego and the monster flock and use them for their dubious purposes.

Exhibition in Belgrade. Photos by Jahvo Joža

I really didn’t like that guy Diego at first glance. His face looked suspicious. He seemed kind, but everything I know about him was telling me I should be careful. He was not easily tricked.

I went to the designated location, disguised, hidden, listening into Diego talking:

Diego Lazzarin: Alien-Interview at LDC Ateliers (2019)

Person 1: Diego, it is too hard to survive. Couple of people tried and they could hardly get to the hippies.

Person 2: Yes. life just goes on shrinking and nothing is helping it out! Situation is desperate.

Person 1: Something like real life.

Person 2: We are all doomed! With larvae or without them.

Diego: Oooooh… OK. I will figure it out next week… maybe I will make it easier with less enemies

Person 2: Let us live longer!

Diego: OK… maybe I witl make the enemies cause less damage… I will think of a solution!

Person 1: How many places are there? Monsters, larvae, hippies, how many like this?

Diego: I think u more and then a final Boss. But you can recharge energy while you go.

Person 2: How?

Diego: There are some sort of pink meatballs. You shoot them and recharge.

Person 1: OK. let us know when you have some changes done!

SHOOT THE RED PLANET TO START

OK! The game has not still reached its final phase. It was still in the process! I could still get in! As I knew we were made for each other. I was determined to use the moment. I was waiting for Diego to start leaving the place and I threw mysell in from of him. Imitating ultracerebralmania to the point I was starting to really feel it. I was shaking and my body was decomposing like a boiled gum. Diego, weak as he was on monster suffering, ran to me to soothe the attack.

Diego said gently: Hey shorty, what’s up? This day is quite fine, isn’t it?

I screamed: I’m dead. I think I am dead!

Diego had a comforting look and I saw understanding in his eyes: What makes you think you are dead? Is it me?

I screamed even harder: Nooo! It’s not you! It is about my lungs. I am breathing backwards. The process is completely reversed! The air is being squeezed out of the alveoli when it should be there feeding the blood with oxygen. I am doomed!

Diego asked: Did it ever happen to you before? What can I do to help?

I was getting some ideas, but continued to scream loudly: No, this is the first time ever. Normally. I am fit and fixed. I am strong and in good shape. I can win a battle! (I partly calmed) There might be one thing that you can do to help?

Diego was curious: What would that be?

People that gathered around us were already continuing on their way, as it was clear that the attack I was having was over.

I whispered: You could take me with you and make me your monster! I can be part of your unbeatable squad in Ultrabrutalmania! I can fight them all.

Diego was smiling: OK, I have a proposition. I take you on a mission with me to see what you are made of? It would be a special mission. Hard, but exciting. We are going to Belgrade to fight the Old Wave that wants to take people to the New Era. Ewwww. Disgusting!

My eyes were radiating and my heart was beating in the rhythm of Tibetan drums: Carry me. lead me! The Old Wave has no chance against us. We will not be soaked in the retrograde shit soup of that wave.

Diego nodded: Promise!

And we were already on our way to 44.8125° N. 20.4612″ E.


Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža
Munster Inquisition – Exhibition in Belgrade, Matrijaršija, Remont Gallery (2022) Photo by Jahvo Joža

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Diego Lazzarin
Diego Lazzarin ‘Disaster’ 2015

Diego Lazzarin is one of the artists I have grown familiar with recently. Clicking my way onto his website I was immediately struck by the raw application of paint’s that created images that looked like the harlequin child of a Marc Chagall painting for the illustrations in his debut Graphic Novel ‘Amino Acid Boy and The Chaos Order’. Lazzarin gives a brief outline of the book which follows Amino Acid Boy a creature sent to earth by his lord a Bio-Architectural-Metal-Meat-Machine that lives in a dark cave in outer space. Whilst on earth Amino Acid Boys aim is to understand individual human desires by assimilating in himself the DNA of humans in order to understand their way of thinking outside of basic biological survival instincts which the lord finds incredibly illogical. With this transition of understanding in Amino Acid Boy various interesting scenarios promise to unfold.

Stephen Morton

MicrowavewerewolveS – LA VIOLENZA E’ KATTIVA !

Digging further through the website I came across Lazzarins animated videos. The videos stuck firmly in my head as an odd sickly coloured dew biologically infused cyber reality reminiscent of early mid-90’s video game cutscenes but in no way pastiche of retro style graphics but more so a progressive affirmation of this kind of aesthetic that he occupies very well, a world seemingly steeped in a sticky energy drink formula. One of my favourite of his video pieces though is for Lazzarin‘s electronic music project Microwavewerewolves, the video and song Hagiography of Porn infuses a hot and frantic piece of electro music with a warped out and rehashed 70’s porno flick watched with bangers and mash, the result is both equally disturbing and hilarious.

Another video for a song Voglio Amore is a short and sweet horror chase involving a young terrified woman being tracked through a forest by a giant flying insect creature that then persists to dismember the women with venomous flames before defecating maggots into her pulped out stubs.

Aminoacid Boy and the Chaos Order on Indiegogo

With the 160 page ‘Amino Acid Boy and The Chaos Order’ Graphic Novel almost complete after three years of work and the aim for a crowd funding in May it would be worth while subscribing for updates on Lazzarin‘s website to get involved in the realisation of this project. Also while your there check out his videos, music and other work on instagram.com/diego__lazzarin

‘Aminoacid Boy’, ‘Invisible War’ & ‘N-euro C-rack’

LDC Editions: Diego Lazzarin

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