Desire Obtain Cherish

alias Jonathan Paul

b. 1975, California

“Ideas win today in our society. […] I ingest, then digest.

Art is really just a mirror of ourselves.”

Since his emergence as street artist in the early 2000s, Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC) has become known as pop sculptor working across a wide variety of different media and a combination of styles including street, pop, conceptual and appropriation art. His controversial art work explores contemporary desires and obsessions with sex, gender, drugs, commerce, media and fame. Transporting controversial, satirical messages, Desire’s vibrantly colorful, entertaining and impeccably produced art exposes society’s inability to control itself and examines the commercial promise of fulfillment and happiness that ends in dependency.

Ed van der Elsken

Ed van der Elsken

The work of the Dutch photographer and filmmaker Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) revolved around years spent travelling, and the characters he encountered along the way. Born in Amsterdam, he was almost completely self-taught. His seemingly raw work is less concerned with traditional technique and composition and moreso with the evocation of atmosphere surrounding people and place.

His imagery provides quotidian, intimate and autobiographic perspectives on the European zeitgeist spanning the period of the Second World War into the 1970’s in the realms of love, sex, art, music (particularly jazz), and alternative culture.