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bongoút
November 8, 2007, 11:48 am
Filed under: exhibitions

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“Bon goût” (pronounced bon gooo)
means good taste in French, and while this
is certainly meant to be taken with tongue firmly planted in cheek, the art
and design of Anna Hellsgard and Meeloo Gfeller couldn’t have a more
pleasant taste to those who like their eye-food bold, colorful and visually
arresting. It is no coincidence that one can also pronounce this art duo’s
name, “Bong Out!” and aptly describe their hallucinogenic and often humorous
image-overkill style. Layers upon layers of silk-screened images, some drawn
and some photographs, are merged with lo-fi photocopied grain, sometimes
words and always dense color. Often on the verge of toppeling over on itself
in composition chaos, they manage to pull off some pretty inventive and
intricate ideas that push the envelope of silk-screening and design and keep
your head spinning for days on end.

Under the collective name Bongoût since 1995, Anna Hellsgard [Sweden] and
Meeloo Gfeller [France], now both based in Berlin, have published over 70 of
their own avant-garde DIY silkscreen books, about half of which are in
collaboration with other artists. They also design and print posters, do
record covers, create street art and installations and run a small
underground music label called Radio Bongout!

Bongoût are recently included in the book Panda Meat, which was edited by
poster artist Frank Kozik and have done books, posters, and album covers for
the likes of Antoine Bernhart, Yakisakana rcds, Melt Banana, Locust, Costes,
Lightning Bolt, and even Converse shoes.

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