Art & everyday life

In this section, Mister Motley investigates the art world up-close and aims to connect art to everyday life. Next to that, Art & Everyday Life invites artists to write about their everyday experiences, about their love for art and the dark edges surrounding it, and they will provide us with commentary on the now and report on their researches and residencies in The Netherlands and abroad.

Redefining the narrative of the United States

an interview with Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan.

Ivete Lucas lived in Mexico, and met Patrick Bresnan when he was living in a Volkswagen van, driving through Mexico to take pictures. They fell in love with each other, and, later on, also with the town Pahokee - a small community where both filmmakers have been taking pictures and making films for over ten years now. Their professional collaboration appears to be a success; their latest short film Roadside Attraction - about people taking selfies in front of Donald Trumps aircraft - recently premiered at TIFF, while their previous film The Rabbit Hunt – a short documentary on kids making some extra money by selling rabbits they hunt themselves - just won an award at the London Film Festival. After several short films about the area, they now work on a feature documentary about Pahokee. Mister Motley talks with them about their fascination for this mostly black and rural community in Florida.

‘I owe you the truth in painting, and I will give it to you.’

Fact 1: In the night of 24–25 January 2017, a bookseller at Amazon.com wrapped up the very last copy of George Orwell’s 1984. The paperbacks, hardcover copies, even the dusty second-hand copies, were completely sold out. An apologetic message was posted to the website.

Art, fashion, literature, make-up, music, and theatre appear to have dissolved into a thick, oppressive grey fog that has enveloped the world. ‘Drones’ hover in the air like futuristic items of jewellery, while large TV screens, framed as paintings, show images of Big Brother day and night, alternating with a constant stream of ‘news’. A totalitarian political party controls the human soul – and with it, the entire mechanism of love and hate. Life revolves around ‘news facts’. Or rather ‘alternative facts’ that turn out to pose such a threat to society that they are capable of dislocating an entire nation.