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Monday, May 31, 2010

Freaks, Guys, Corn Flakes & Superheroes; A Smoothie of Nerdy Surrealism with DAVID M. BUISÁN

Text & interview by Ivan Guerrero

Alex Marshall for Guapo Magazine

INGREDIENTS: Guitars, martians, a tiger, chest hair, cotton sheets, socks, dolls, pizza, smelly shoes, Corn Flakes, Batman, boxers, cigars, Hulk, tattoos, white chocolate, a microphone, old comics, 7 cards, a dirty pillow and 2 oz. of intergalactic milk.

The result; a smoothie of nerdy-freaky surrealism and energetic superman-ish protein in charge of David M. Buisán, illustrator from Barcelona whose work has been featured in several publications such as Guarro Fanzine, H Magazine, Guapo Magazine, Vanity Teen, Concepto Magazine, just to mention some.
He has also worked in personal illustration projects making portraits of his friends and special contributions for Manhunt.com , "Crónica de una Lágrima" Film Poster, and many more !!!

THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT talked to David on his work and current projects.
No sugar necessary. Make sure you serve very cold and shake well before use.

David M. Buisán, illustrator and a comic fan.

You tend to simplify things... Define your work in 3 words.
David: Nerds, hipsters and the 1800's.

When you were younger you had the influence of french comics and anime.. Who were your favourite characters?
David: My favourite anime was Akira by Otomo, I was so shocked by that movie. About french comics, I absolutely enjoyed a magazine named Metal Hurlant, created by Moebius.
David's latest contribution for the french fanzine Food & Young - Corn Flakes Issue.


Do you have any favourite characters or superheroes right now?
David: I really love the classic ones, Superman and Batman.

Define a "superhero". What qualities does a superhero need to have to be one?
David: Well, besides the usual qualities (superpowers, secret identity, costumes) I think that Superheroes, unlike heroes, never die.


In your work we see a mix of elements such as freaks, guys, parties, superheroes, etc. What can see from David as a man, as a person, reflected in that work?
David: I guess you can see anything from me in my work. All those elements are always part of my life.

What do you think it makes your work so attractive?
David: I can't say... I'm always surprised by the way my work connects with people.

You are influenced by films, novels and series in your work. Mention some of those movies that you really love and inspire you.
David: Donnie Darko, Labyrinth, Blade Runner and Star Trek.

What music do you like?
David: Hot Chip, The Faint, Patrick Wolf, Arcade Fire and Wolfmother.


Grupo Glasvegas for H Magazine

David: Of course I'd like! Doing album art for Patrick Wolf would be awesome...

How was the experience illustrating photography? (For example, in the editorial " Aloha, End of Summer " for Guapo Magazine).
David: It was really great!! Photography helps to strenghten illustration and viceversa.

David adds sensuality with his illustration at "Aloha, End of Summer" editorial photograhed by Marcello de Giuli for Guapo Magazine.

On previous interviews, you said that you would like to work in fashion.
How would you like to partcipate in fashion and who would you like to work with?
David: I'd like to work in fashion as a challenge because I'm not really into that world.
I can't mention any names... I don't have a favourite designer.


Tiger Tattoo

You love the smell of paper. How do you see the situation concerning the electronic media versus print work such as magazines? Somehow could the internet replace the sensuality of paper?
David: I don't think paper will be over. As DVD/ Blu-ray has not replaced theatres, I see digital media as an addition, an opportunity for illustrators to expand their work fields.

I hate Lady Gaga for Guarro Magazine

How do you see the use of illustration in fashion as a tool? Do you think fashion can use the help of illustration as much of photography?
David: As I said, I like new opportunities for illustration, wherever they are.
Fortunately, the tyranny of photography is over now.

What latest projects and upcoming collaborations you have?
David: I just collaborated with french fanzine Food & Young - Corn Flakes issue, created by Florent Routoulp/ Chocolat_Poire with the participation of Ignacio Lozano, Stuart Sandford, Alice Houté & Hubbert Griffe. Also, I will be at The Fearless Project exhibition at Robert Goff Gallery in New York City on June the 17th.



Superhero Pin-Ups I & II for Vanity Teen Magazine Issue No.3

Special thanks to David. Welcome to the project !!!!

Make sure you check out David M. Buisán's official site and blog for upcoming news:




DAVID M. BUISÁN, Illustrator

A small selection of David M. Buisán's work, published and personal.

All images © David M. Buisán


























Tuesday, May 25, 2010

MEET ME AT THE CORNER: A story of chemistry and black & white passion, directed by Jay Rodan & Kayt Jones

Text & interview by Ivan Guerrero

"On the corner where we parted..."

"The Corner" represents the third installment from the "Styling Around the World Project" curated by the London based i-D Magazine.
This special project consists in visiting different cities around the world in order to create a special shoot and editorial.
Los Angeles is the third destination and director Jay Rodan and photographer Kayt Jones are in charge to bring us a story of chemistry and emotion between Behati Prinsloo & Jamie Strachan, both models and couple in real life.
The Male Model Music Project talked to Jay & Kayt, who gladly shared their thoughts on creating this new romantic episode.

The complete editorial is available at the latest i-D Magazine's Summer Issue and the short film can be seen at thecorner.com site

What is "The Corner"? What is the story at " The Corner"?
J&K: The story is of a one night stand. Boy meets girl, they spend the night together, and part at the same place the next day.

How did come the idea to take the poem "The Corner" and transport it to a film?
Jay: I wrote the poem after we decided the concept. I wanted something for the actors to say. I considered using something that already existed, like Octavio Paz or something, but just felt it was more accurate to create something true to the story.

How was it like working with Jamie and Behati?
J&K: Pure pleasure. They are such bright and creative people.
How was your overall experience as directors and collaborators as a couple in this project ?
J&K: We have collaborated before. Our first short film - shot on 16mm - went to the Locarno Film Festival, then on to Miami, LA, and elsewhere. We are really lucky in that there really isn't much creative disagreement. It is symbiotic.

In your own words, What is "chemistry" between two people? How do you see the importance of chemistry between the actors aswell as in the work behind the camera both in the photos and of course when doing a film?
J&K: Chemistry is when something disproportionate to the circumstances happens between two people. It's an unpredictable effect that elevates simple actions into epic poetry. Chemistry is really the wrong word though we all use it. Chemistry by definition is based upon being able to reproduce effects, but the chemistry between two people is not reproducible, it is mysterious.


Mention some directors or artists that you admire or inspire you.
J&K: There are many. On "The Corner" we thought of Breton, Truffaut, Louis Malle, Woody Allen. A city is a network of chance and desire.

What role does the music play in "The Corner"? Why did you choose this music?
Jay: The music fits. Satie's music is a victim of its success, it is so beautiful that we stop really listening to it. It is memory made into musical form, the bright edge of something about to disappear forever, full of sadness and wistful longing. Or at least that's how it sounds to me. (The music used in "The Corner" is Erik Satie's - Gymnopédie No.1).


How do you see the future of film and video concerning its relation with fashion as a tool of promotion but aswell as an expression of a personal way to see the the world and reality?
J&K: The world of art and advertising merged decades ago, the technology has merely liberated the financial constraints around producing work. So it is evolving very quickly, becoming micro rather than macro. Video is the oil paint of the 21st century and having a similar effect of uncovering the landscapes of the imagination as ready access to oil paint did in the 15th.

What can we see from Jay & Kayt reflected in this film, not only as individual but also as an "artistic and sentimental couple"?
J&K: When we work together it tends to be about desire. We are fascinated by every aspect of desire, good and bad.

Can we expect more collaborations and films in the future?
J&K: Of course! Check out www.kaytjones.com. and jayrodan.com is on it's way…


What is your message for the young people and talents who are just starting in this business ?
J&K: Get technical, make it personal, and never give up !!

Special thanks to Jay & Kayt, welcome to THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT!!!


Photography: Kayt Jones
Styling: Pippa Vosper
Film " The Corner" directed by Jay Rodan & Kayt Jones
Models: Behati Prinsloo & Jamie Strachan




"I remember the corner"


Friday, May 21, 2010

AND THE PROJECT GOES ON...


The Male Model Music Project
goes on and now it's pleased to introduce our next guest; Jarek Pietka from Poland, who is in charge to add his own art to the show!!!

Welcome Jarek !!!

Photo by Sam Scott Schiavo




Music & art brought together from Poland: JAREK HITS THE CANVAS !!!

Text & interview by Ivan Guerrero


Volume 2

The second part of this model's art and music series has arrived; and with it, a splash of colour, youth, energy, talent and great music hits The Male Model Music Project.
The responsible: Jarek Pietka, polish model , interior designer, photographer and student who has taken part in several shows for clients such as Dolce & Gabbana, D&G, Frankie Morello, Evisu, Dsquared2, Salvatore Ferragamo, John Richmond, Gucci, Calvin Klein, just to mention a few examples.
He has also been featured in magazines like Esquire, GQ, Qvest, Men's Health and Commons & Sense in Japan, photographed aswell by Mariano Vivanco, Bruno Van Mosseveld, Zuza Krajewska & Bartek Wieczorek, Piotr Porębski, James Macari, Sam Scott Schiavo, Mark Seliger and many more.
He has upcoming appearances at the cover of Attitude with Kylie Minogue and a video with polish actress Marta Żmuda Trzebiatowska.
The Male Model Music Project interviewed Jarek who didn't hesitate to share a glimpse of his art as a painter and of course, his favourite sounds.


Jarek plays a "Joker" at Qvest's latest issue, photographed by Zuza Krajewska & Bartek Wieczorek


When and how did you start painting?
Jarek: A year ago. I started painting because I need that to open my mind and see more... this way I can be better interior designer.

What inspires you to create a new painting and how long does it take to be finished?
Jarek: Life, all situations in my life, new songs, projects, photos, fashion and the work of other painters. Its hard to say, depends on what I'm painting, sometimes it takes me 3 hours and sometimes a week.



What materials do you use for your paintings and drawings?

Jarek: Charcoal and watercolor.

How do you describe your work in a few words?

Jarek: Modern, open, fresh mind.



What can wee see in your work? What do you want to express?
Jarek: I express all that I see, it's all about "time expression changing to plans"... like paintings of Jackson Pollock.

Who is your favourite painter that somehow has influenced on your work?
Jarek: Jackson Pollock is my favourite. Right now, I'm working in two new paintings using the same technique he did. ( "Splashing" also known as "dripping" is a tecnique that consists in throwing paint all over a canvas that lies on the floor. This allows the artist to move and run freely around it and keep adding more paint).


Where do you exhibit your work?
Jarek: In my blog and my apartment.

Are your paintings for sale? Do you plan the put them on sale someday?
Jarek: Until now I have sold a few of them, but if somebody is interested in buying one, let me know.


Where would you like to exhibit your work someday?
Jarek: Someday I hope I can see my work in galleries in Warsaw, Vienna and New York City, but it's just a dream.



Will you stop painting someday?
Jarek: I don't know... but I hope I'll never stop , I love it !!!

What music do you like?
Jarek: Jazz, Lounge, Chill... I like Lizz Wright, Grand Tourism, Christopher Tyng and many more.

If your paintings were a genre of music, which one would they be?
Jarek: Jazz, Chill or Rock... who knows.


Jarek never misses a chance to enjoy his favourite tunes. Here, at the backstage of D&G's Winter 2011 Show. Photo by Luca Cannonieri & Michele Morosi


There's a relation between music and fashion. Do you think there's a relation between music and painting? How do you see this relation concerning your work as a painter?
Jarek: I always listen to music when I'm painting. Depending on my mood I choose the music. From music you can take more expression, this way you can be in your easel (the wooden frame to hold a picture while it's being painted)

Name 5 songs that you really love.
Jarek: "Blue in Green" by Miles Davis, "Don't Look Back" by Telepopmusik," You Keep it" by Digital All Love, " Style" by De-Phazz & "Blurry" by Puddle of Mudd.



Jarek has worked for several fashion brand names. Above, at a previous Dsquared2 show in Milan.


What's your advice for the young artists and talent?
Jarek: Do what you want to do, never stop, paint what you think, say what you think. Don't be scared of your view or feelings.

Check out Jarek's blog here.

dziękuję Jarek, witamy w ramach projektu!!
(Thank you Jarek, welcome to the project!!)

Jarek, waiting for his turn to hit the catwalk at Dolce & Gabbana's Winter 2011 show.
Photo by Luca Cannonieri & Michele Morosi


Great model but also a painter, interior designer and photographer, Jarek Pietka at Dolce & Gabbana's Winter 2011 show in Milan early this year.