Profile: Stuart Smythe’s Electric Lala Land

“…that which disallows the resonance of our earthly cries; catering to the quintessence of many rather than the wants of few…”

This piece was constructed for Stuart Smythe’s solo exhibition, titled Electric Lala Land, hosted at the Deus Ex Machina Temple of Enthusiasm in Canggu, Bali. The concept was based on tying the overall tone and resonance of the show into three components: the artworks, the profile piece, as well as a live band.

Electric LaLa Land is Smythe’s depiction of a world guided by scrambled frequencies. His artworks are bold counter reflections of the bluntly structured existence we have voluntarily adopted, symbolising the need for a change away from the trappings of a self-obsessed, habitual world of modern men and rotten cores.

Smythe’s long-standing relationship with the ocean and the mystical lands yonder lends a platform from which he observes the contrasts of a world at odds with itself. When influenced by impure motives, the meaning of purpose and the weight of existence are questioned.

Electric LaLa Land is Smythe’s visual inquiry into our electric world and our interactions within its field,  increasing awareness of the shifts in paradigms away from that which disallows the resonance of our earthly cries; catering to the quintessence of many rather than the wants of few and allowing us to come to grips with the impurity of the falsities that we idolize, examining the polarity of our senses.

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© Jonathan Boonzaaier 2018



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Jonathan Boonzaaier is an experienced publisher, editor, journalist and content specialist with a bachelors degree in business and editorial directorship and project management experience. He is seen as a trusted contractor by design agencies, marketing companies and businesses around the world. Jonathan moved to Australia in 2007 after finishing high school in Durban, South Africa. He studied at the University of Technology of Sydney where, during his second year at the age of 19, he co-founded the company Trunk Junk Publishing Co launching his career as a writer. Today, he works closely with businesses and individual talents, translating their passion and objectives into written work that empowers their offering in the market place. He has actively worked on successful projects for businesses from industries including: publishing, design, marketing, advertising, photography, film, fashion, music, extreme sports, water filtration, screen printing, mining, heavy machinery, vacations, and nutrition.

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