CILER – The Artist who smells like death

Alexis Ciler is a Mexican artist who is very interested in the codes of advertising and pop culture and how these are communicated to the masses from the forties and fifties to the present. In his delusional series “Smells like Death”, Ciler extracted bits of political and moral indoctrination of advertising (social, ideological family values and even sexual and spiritual) and destroys them in the most creative ways: taking pictures cut from magazines that reflects these kinds of ideas filling them with painted evoking death, degradation and evil.

CILER - The Artist who smells like death
CILER – The Artist who smells like death

Ciler,a self-taught artist, takes existing images and transform them to give them new meanings. The artist has exhibited his work in Mexico and Europe, and has worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for brands like Vans, Nokia, Nike and Kid Robot.

CILER - The Artist who smells like death
CILER – The Artist who smells like death

In the “Smells Like Dead” series Alexis take pictures and re-contextualizes, through the relationship with death, violence and love. Ciler also collaborated with British artist Citizen Kane to create the exhibition “Distorting Views”, presented at the Brick Lane Gallery in London.

CILER - The Artist who smells like death
CILER – The Artist who smells like death

>“As we approach the work of smells dead. We warn of sinister presence in the images of intercepted magazines, painting, radiographs. The rupture of the subject opposes an intimate gesture that alters the discourse created by the media for commercial subjectivity, once distorted, dismantled paradigms beauty, innocence, religion”. — Ciler.

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Glenn Astete-Ortega

Glenn Astete-Ortega was born in the 20th century, during his childhood he used to play in the backyard, run across the country fields, climb trees and throw rocks into the river. Glenn was also a media-kid, he used to watch Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Transformers and He-Man. In those wild days pre-internet his favorite reading was horror comic books such as Dr. Mortis and Tales from the Crypt. He got interested in media when he and his sister made their first podcast on an old radio cassette player, Glenn was just nine years old. In the early 21st century he got a degree in journalism and moved to the big city, where he had to deal with the escalators, subway, big buildings and the noise. After a few years working as an advertising producer, Glenn moved to Sweden and it was there he began his new adventure as a Web editor, and sales manager at the Azaria Magazine.

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