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Welcome to 8PM™ Talks! 
To discover more about the creators we ask eight questions about their work, life and general likes and dislikes. To see the faces behind every project bring us together and builds out a community of like-minded creators enthusiasts. These interviews are leaded by Catarina Barroso and the guest creator. All © are reserved to 8PM™.

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Monica Figueras — Orange Water [22.11.2017]
Words by Catarina Barroso
 

1. Like // Don't Like
I like to cook / I don't like vanilla custard 

I like palm trees / I don't like cold

I like foot massages / I don't like to touch my belly button  

I like cilantro / I don't like parsley 

I like rainbows / I don't like horror movies or science fiction movies  

I like to sleep / I don't like to waste time
 

2. What drives yourself professionally? What do you like most about your work?

I studied graphic design but now I dedicate myself to photography. 

What I like most in my work is the fact that I can create, transmitting emotions and expressing concepts. Design has not allowed me all this, at least not in such a romantic way.

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01 Monica Figueras, Orange Water

3. Describe your lifestyle in a word.
Natural...

 

4. Can you talk about your references? And why them?

William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Martin Parr... 

The first two for being pioneers of color photography. Also for having managed to be breakers three decades ago and how his photographs are still attractive today. 

Martin Parr for his great sense of humor, how he is able to make us see how ridiculous we can become, putting himself in the same bag. I think it is a very healthy, reflective and at the same time very fun art.
 

5. An accessory that you cannot leave your home with.

A camera.
 

6. The sea is a referent and theme in your current work. Why?

The colors, the shapes, his textures, his reflections ... I find it fascinating and very aesthetic. Also the fact of being in constant change and movement helps me to represent very different concepts.
 

7. What goods of 8PM™ Store you would like to offer to a loveone this winter season?

A mirror of Apartment© or a original photography of my personal work, Monica Figueras, available in-store :)
 

8. Would you dedicate us a self-portrait?

Yes! 

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Vanina Bruc — Vera [16.12.2017]
Words by Catarina Barroso
 

1. Like // Don't Like
I like the winter sea / I don't like to be late (although it happens often)

I like to wake up fresh every Saturday, to have the day off. It's my favourite time / I don't like to do things badly, to do them quickly

I like fur jumpers / I don't like the color khaki. I don't like the word!

I like my friends very much, learning from them / I don't like unnecessary dramas

I like to be in the water, to swim. / I don't like social corsets, those who dictate our ways. I find them boring

I like dancing / I don't like smoking
 

2. What do you do? What do you like more in your job occupation?

I am a journalist, I write fiction and I write articles for different magazines. What I like most is learning, researching, reading, touching things I didn't know anything about, and from then on they become familiar to me.

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02 Vanina Bruc, Vera

3. Tell us your favorite hero in fiction.
There are so many fascinating heroes that it's hard for me to choose.
But I go for Dean Moriarty in "On the Road", Emma Bovary in "Madame Bovary", Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's", Louise in "Thelma & Louise", Countess Olenska in "The Age of Innocence", Cersei Lannister in "Game of Thrones", Carmen in Bizet's "Carmen", and why not, Dodo in "Vera".

 

4. Can you tell us about a writer who as influenced your work? And why?

I remember the summer I discovered Francis Scott Fitzgerald. I was on a trip, sitting on the grass, and I read "The Great Gatsby" in no time, and I found it fresh, elegant, unique, understandable and at the same time pure literature, a rounded book. Something like that also happened to me when I started reading Jack Kerouac; he was like nothing I knew, nothing I had ever read before, and yet I loved him so much.  Patti Smith was also an immense window for me, what she meant to me is summed up in one of her phrases: "I will dream the life you fear the most". 
 

5. Who is VERA?

VERA is the protagonist of "Vera", my first novel, and she is a young girl, idealistic, naïve, stubborn, an aspiring artist who disowns problems and approaches things from the most basic sense, that of pure survival, but from her own dreamlike prism. One of her phrases is "when it's summer, I'll be brave".
 

6. An accessory you cannot leave your home without?

I don't usually wear accessories, but I like colourful socks.  And ribbons around my neck. I also have a rather tacky pineapple-shaped mobile phone case. And crazy hair!
 

7. What goods of 8PM™ Store would you ask for?

I love the hand-shaped sculptures by Estudio Maravilloso©
 

8. Would you dedicate us a self-portrait?

Yes! 

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Guillem S. Arquer — La Inspiración Existe [06.04.2018]
Words by Catarina Barroso
 

1. Like // Don't Like
I like to explore abandoned places / I don't like the logics that cause their abandonment

I like helping others / I don't like working for others

I like anti-development theories / I don't like where the digital age is taking us

I like randomness / I don't like random games of chance
 

2. So that our followers can get to know you a little better, could you introduce yourself? Who is Guillem S. Arquer?

Well, Guillem S. Arquer is a white, European, middle-class, university-educated, heterosexual guy who makes an artistic production based on mediation with his environment.

3. How would you define your identity as an artist and what do you intend to transmit through your work? What are your references?
My artistic production is based on the imaginary of that which is residual and peripheral, articulated from the dialectic of trace and absence.

Narratives, Art Direction, Photography, Graphic Design, Brand Strategy
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06 Guillem S. Arquer, La Inspiración Existe Pero...

A practice aimed - from an interdisciplinary perspective - at mediating with/evidencing the political, social and economic characteristics that define the experience of the individual in contemporary times.

My influences come from the visual arts as much as from music, literature, poetry, cinema, anthropology or philosophy. My references range from the literary work of J.G Ballard to Punk, the geopolitical and economic theories of David Harvey, the canvases of Daniel Ostrowski, the sound of Doom, the early works of Richard Serra or the concrete infrastructures that enclose the peripheral territory.

 

4. Do you have some kind of ritual that you never miss in your creative process? What inspired you the most?

I find it fundamental to read and make, basically. 
I don't believe in inspiration, rather I relate the basis of my work to the connection that is established between ideas shaped by what I may have seen, heard or explored. Many of them come about by chance, but it is still a chance conditioned by the interests that constitute my gaze.
As far as the activity of reading is concerned, I consider that by chaining together readings, basing the choices on particular interests, each person follows a path that allows them to get to know and visualise different approaches, from subjectivities that are alien to them, on a specific reality. Enriching oneself with the experiences of others opens up a possible way out of the alienation from otherness that prevails in our hedonistic and narcissistic society.
A ritual that I have very much internalized and in which I find great satisfaction is to smoke a cigarette after working with concrete, observing how the still wet material begins to set to become a rigid and indivisible object - a large part of my current production is based on material and conceptual work with concrete, for The inspiration exists but it has to find you working I don't use it as the exhibition is based on the interaction of my artistic production with my working life.

 

5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to be creative?

That now perhaps the most creative thing to do is not to be creative.

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6. What other projects do you have in mind, what are you working on and what other plans do you have for 2018?

As of today, I'm preparing the publication of Terra incognita within the framework of the ART JOVE'18 grant from the Generalitat de Catalunya with the collaboration of the Centre d'Art La Panera in Lleida, which will be published at the end of this year.
The publication is based on the project I carried out, with the same name in 2017, in which I set up my workshop in the Riera de Caldes, under the bridge of the C-33 motorway, between the municipalities of La Llagosta and Mollet del Vallès where, using materials available in the environment - objects from illegal dumps in the area and natural resources available in the vicinity - I "furnished" my workshop and made my production. The publication is based on the transcription of the diary I wrote in the blank spaces on the pages of my copy of J. G. Ballard's Concrete Island - which is at the same time the great reference for Terra incognita - and the photographic documentation I generated during the development of the project.
 

7. In 8 words, how would you define 8PM™ & LeBath Gallery? And, what piece of design from our store or Artwork from Le Bath™ would you give as a gift to yourself or someone you love?

Pleasant, bathtub, washbasin, multipurpose, arty, cool, pink, porthole.

The truth is that what I would take from 8PM I already have at home and it is the book Vera by Oriol Bruc, with the fantastic illustrations by Albert Madaula both on the cover and inside the book...My recommendation is based on the fact that very few times can you enjoy/share in such a direct way the evolution of an author throughout the process of creation of his first work as in Vera and see how this very process ends up structuring the rhythm of the book until the end.
 

8. Would you dedicate us a self-portrait?

Yes! 

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Yaroslava Umanets — Amor y Ansiedad [16.02.2018]
Words by Catarina Barroso
 

1. Like // Don't Like
I like to be real / I don't like having to look like I'm real

I like to talk in person / I don't like bad manners

I like to be faithful in everything / I don't like to fail at it
 

2. For those who don't know you yet, can you introduce yourself and explain a bit about who you are and what you do?

I'm not very good at explaining myself (sounds typical, doesn't it?).
I'm a 24 year old advertising actress and artist frustrated with my inner world and the constant sentimental struggle. 

 

3. Where does your interest in painting come from?

I've been painting for as long as I can remember. I gave it up, got lost, reintroduced it and came back with what for me is a kind of therapy. Expressing your feelings and not holding back is the key. With painting I achieve this. 

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4. In 8 words, how can you define your work?

Liberation, Anxiety, Love, Depression, Friendship, Souls, Russia and Dilemma.
 

5. Do you have any rituals when starting a new painting? And could you tell us a bit about your working process?

There is no ritual, it's the need to send everything to hell and to be able to analyse myself. Sometimes I make sketches, like a psychoanalysis, if the drawing conveys to me what I feel at the moment 100%, I take it to the large format. Sometimes it's direct and improvised. 
 

6. As a millennial, how has social media influenced your work?

To be honest, social media is part of my anxieties. Sometimes it becomes a comparison and creates insecurity, but it is clearly a key tool to give visibility.

That's where my internal struggles with the unreal come from, but we won't go into that, it's too complex to summarise in 3 sentences. 
 

7. Which piece of design from our Concept Design Store would you treat yourself to?

Lots of them, I love everything. I have already made some gifts bought at 8PM™
 

8. Would you dedicate us a self-portrait?

Yes! 

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