Creative Brief: Nikki Pecasso

Nikki Pecasso is an artist based in Vancouver B.C. She illustrates a cast of characters and scenes that reflect her interest in contemporary society. 

Nikki originally submitted some of her work via email and it seemed appropriate to ask her a few questions about sex, feminism and Western culture. I love her work and am amazed that she still has an active Instagram account. You should follow her, it's linked after the interview.

-Stephan


little beast: When did you begin this current body of work?

NP: I began this body of work around a year or so ago.

little beast: How is our sexuality changing with technology?

NP: I think sexuality will always fuel advancement in technology....Especially porn.   

little beast: Why is nudity and sexuality so repressed in Western culture?

NP: Because of the foundations of what the West was built upon.  White Puritanism.  Which is why the new movie "The Witch" is so fucking good.  

little beast: Do you feel that this creates problems? If so, what?

NP: YES it creates so many issues and problems...For example- women who celebrate their sexuality get slut shamed, verbally harassed, assaulted or frowned upon.  These are the "double standards that Western Culture society sets for women.... I feel like there needs to be more sex-pos spaces created for those subverted and subjugated by patriarchy can feel safe to explore and celebrate their sexuality :) That's why open Queer spaces are so fucking important.  In these spaces we need to be more like " YES I AM A WOMAN AND YES YOUR ARE A WOMAN LETS FUCKING CELEBRATE OUR WOMANHOOD" ( Aka the last scene in the new movie "The Witch") 
 

You can see more of Nikki's work by visiting the links below.

Tumblr: nikkipecasso.tumblr.com

Instagram: @bonercandy69

CREATIVE BRIEF: David Lewerentz aka Snövit aka Horla aka DJ Swedbank

Someone tagged a person called @dubmassive (David Lewerentz) in a post that went up on the Little Beast IG and I wound up down a rabbit hole thinking that I recognized the name. Above is the first of many beats on his Soundcloud page. Below is the first video that I landed on after clicking the link in @dubmassive's bio. It's by one of David's three aliases, Snövit (Snow White in Swedish). To begin to understand David's subtle genius you must read our impromptu interview that I've screen capped in the gallery below. Use the arrows < > to navigate the conversation. 

You can meet David in person (on our Snapchat channel) on April 15th, 2016, when he takes us raving in Sweden.

 
 

You can see more of David's work here.

IG: @dubmassive

CREATIVE BRIEF: Disco Texas

Discotexas is a Lisbon based electronic music label, founded by Luis (Moullinex) and Bruno (Xinobi). Along with releasing their own music, they release music from friends and artists they admire. 

If you keep up with us on Instagram or Snapchat you know that we've been curating a series of video shorts through the eyes of creatives that we either work with or admire. The guys from Disco Texas recently took over our Snapchat channel on a gig trip from Lisbon to London. Their takeover will be featured here on the site when the first batch of episodes roll out.

For now you can find a brief interview below, along with some tracks from Xinobi and Moullinex.

little beast: How and when did Disco Texas come about?

DT: We started throwing club nights under this name, back in 2006, so almost 10 years now. 
The name was just an umbrella for several like-minded producers and DJs to group under. We didn't have a manifesto or plan, but everyone was into making club music fun. 

little beast: What's in the name?

DT: There's pineapple juice on that name :) It is Discotexas altogether ;)

little beast: Is everyone based in Lisbon? 

DT: At the label office, yes! However our artists are pretty much from all around the globe.

little beast: How much of a role do the two of you play in concepting videos, creating content, art direction of each artist?

DT: We try not to interfere with the artistic vision of whoever we're working with. But we have a strong sense of the label's identity in the way that we want our records to be easily identified - to contribute to this idea of artistic family, with its differences, but a common DNA and approach to music. 

little beast: Do you have any projects you're especially excited about this year?

DT: Yes, we are launching a sublabel called Forbidden Cuts, heavily focused on club music.  Xinobi, Da Chick and Moullinex EPs are on the way. We're getting The Discotexas Band together to record music under this alias for the first time, as we only played live shows in the past.
It's gonna be a busy year!

Visit their site (discotexas.com) to learn more.

IG: @discotexas x @moullinex x @xinobi


 

CREATIVE BRIEF: Mr. Donald Sanger

Donald Sanger is an artist based in the UK. I first came across his work on Instagram while on my usual dig for new and interesting visuals and opinions. I started a conversation with Donald via DM because I wanted to know who he was. His images are hilarious and wrong and right. He makes it very clear that obese people, miniature fatties and giants all have fun, eat and exercise just like the rest of us.  You can find our correspondence below.

little beast: What can you tell us about your work plan for 2016?

DS: I always have itchy feet. I'm never really content with what I am doing or where I am. Not in a depressing way, more of a frustrating but aspirational way. In terms of my drawings I guess just carry on doing what amuses me. Maybe I should try and sell some. I feel like I have a creative disposition and this is the only way it manifests itself. I would actually really like to spend more time doing pottery. Much more wholesome and strangely meditative.

little beast: How would you describe your process?

DS: My process it very simple, the only way it can be really, with a limited skill base. I draw a picture with a pen, scan it in and then colour it in using photoshop. I make these pictures to amuse myself and if it amuses at least one other person then that's a bonus. It is always funny what people think and the assumptions that they make about what inspires me. I had a little exhibition in a coffee shop recently and I overheard a conversation about my pictures. The couple were talking about consumerism, fast food, globalisation etc. I had to laugh to myself. The reality is I once drew a large person, found it enjoyable and drew some more. 

little beast: What you are working on currently?

DS: Something I can show my parents. As it stands, I'm in the artistic closet. 

little beast: I'd love to hear more about this "artistic closet..."

DS: The first pictures I did were usually quite sexual. I've moved away from that now. Sex gets a cheap laugh but I needed to draw something I could show my mum. I want her to be proud of me, after all. I'm still yet to produce a line of work I'd be happy to show my Grandmother though. Actually, I tell a lie....I do like pottery. Is that art? I made my Gran a lovely bowl for Christmas. 

You can find more from Mr. Donald Sanger here.

IG: @mrdonaldsanger

CREATIVE BRIEF: Eric Yahnker

I reached out to visual artist Eric Yahnker to talk about his life and his work. I've been a huge fan of his work for some time now, and have always had a loving envy for people who are able to convey their ideas so deliberately and effectively.

Eric is originally from Torrance California and works from a studio in downtown L.A, where he's been for 15 years. His work is incredibly technical and is my perfect balance of beauty, humor and politics.

Fuck Yes, I love you brother.

-Stephan

little beast: Tell us about your work? 

EY: It’s primarily just me being a general smart-ass, know-it-all dipshit.  In truth, I’ve often said I’m just a glorified political cartoonist.  I actually would love to have a staff job at a newspaper doing cartoons, but, alas, the nail has long been in the coffin for print journalism, so I figured out a way to kind of do the same thing and actually get paid for it.

little beast: Medium?

EY: With drawings, I primarily work in charcoal, graphite, and colored pencil on paper.  I’ve also been dabbling a bit in pastels lately.  With sculpture, however, anything goes.

little beast: Does the subject matter determine the medium you chose?

EY: Absolutely!  I used to want to only want to see my work as a sort of cinematic noir or possibly even dramatic newsprint, in relation to political cartooning.  Mostly, I think I was just intimidated by color as I had no experience with it.  I also grew up watching tons of early vaudeville-inspired television, like The Three Stooges, Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, and Buster Keaton which is obviously all in black & white.  In my limited view, slapstick just seemed to work best in black & white.  Then, I saw Jacques Tati’s incredible masterpiece ‘Playtime’ and realized slapstick had a MUCH wider Technicolor spectrum than I ever imagined.  I was also probably just wanting to challenge myself to expand my practice beyond black & white.  I’m actually working mostly in color these days, so occasionally I have to remind myself to get back to black & white as too much of anything can be overkill.

little beast: Can you tell us about any current work?

EY: Well, it appears I’m making my next show about the current state of identity politics and the long shadow of racism still affecting the nation, as well as the pervasive apocalyptic anxiety that enshrouds us.  The piece I’m working on at this very moment is a large pastel of a majestic bald eagle spraying liquid shit against a glowing sunset.

little beast: Amazing, lol. Tell us something that might give you inspiration for a piece or a series of work.

EY: The American idiocracy consistently feeds me, but typically I'll start by sifting through my enormous, ever-expanding archive of collected images and play a version of ‘match game.’  

little beast: You seem to find a perfect humor and perfect execution. Do these images come to you in visions? 

EY: Thanks!  Often I’ll have a sociopolitical concept or current event that I’m metaphorically or literally trying to target, and then I toy around a lot.  If I can temporarily shove aside my darker impulses, I’m particularly attuned to the groggy moment before sleep hits, where visions of fully-realized works can magically appear.  I figure if I still remember the idea by morning, then it’s possibly worth doing.

little beast: Describe what your creative process might look like, from idea to physical.

EY: I wake up at 9am, read/watch the news, go for a jog, take a shower, eat cereal, head to the studio by 11:30am, check e-mails, look for new images that could be useful, draw, procrastinate, eat, draw, procrastinate, eat, draw, procrastinate, go home around 9:30pm, watch news, watch movie, attempt to sleep, wash, rinse, repeat.  Sundays I take off.

little beast: Do you have favorite visual artists?

EY: Gee Vaucher, Peter Saul, Namio Harukawa, Konrad Klapheck, Arthur Szyk, N.C. Wyeth, Alex Colville, Norman Rockwell, Paul Cadmus to name a few

little beast: If you could collaborate with any creative on a project who would it be? (living or dead)

EY: Helen Keller.

little beast: Any shows of yours to look out for in the near future?

EY: I have a solo show in late February in LA at Zevitas Marcus, and another in May at The Hole, NYC.

You can see more work from our friend Eric Yahnker here.

Instagram: @ericyahnker