I Love Diddo’s work! “Diddo is an artist and designer whose work spans the spectrum from engaging conceptual art to intriguing product design. To date, Diddo’s conceptual art projects have appeared in many publications around the world, such as Wired, Financial Times, Vogue, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Rolling Stone, Business Week, Juxtapoz and Playboy. Along the way, he has aroused the curiosity of creators and tastemakers, receiving requests from the likes of Sasha Baron Cohen, Kanye West and Lady Gaga. After a distinguished career in marketing-centered design, Diddo redirected his focus to conceptual art. His work in marketing gives him an intimate knowledge of the tools
and techniques corporations employ to feed their self-serving ideas. The experience has left him exceptionally armed to create challenging concepts and place them in our heads.
Diddo’s goal however, is not to feed us ideas; instead he focuses on re-contextualizing the ideas already there. His works don’t feed us a political agenda, or a carefully curated viewpoint, but rather reawaken the essential debates we tend to neglect.
Diddo finds inspiration in examining the space between what we think and what we allow others to think for us. His work is an attempt to define the border between perception and reality, and the process, which turns image into icon.
In ‘Designer Gasmasks’ for example, Diddo orchestrates the shotgun marriage between the Military Industrial Complex, and the farcical self-centrism of high fashion.
“Gasmasks plucks the strings of the satirically subversive; prodding the basest motivators in all of us, and artfully allowing us to simultaneously feel both disgust and material yearning.” He shows us things we don’t want to want, but we do.”
One fun fact is that Diddo was born on the luckiest day since the sixth century (7-7-’77).
The scull featured in this post was a commissioned piece and is named “Ecce Animal” and believe it or not is made of compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin with no more than 12 x 18 x 22 cm.
The Cure for Greed must be my favorite work from Diddo, great concept, great presentation and and absolutly fantastic final product. It involves and injection kit kit featuring mahogany wooden box, 24 karat gold plated syringe, vial with 5 ml dose of dollar ink recovered from approximately $10,000 in US currency.
“Whatever we feel about greed, we can agree on one thing: it exists.
Whether there’s too much of it in the world, or too little, is a matter of opinion,
not understanding. We all have strong feelings one way or the other.
On one side of the debate, some believe it’s the root of all that is corrupt and evil.
Conversely, greed is seen and often celebrated as the key behavior that allowed
our species to adapt and evolve so successfully…”
But the most known pieces from Diddo are definitely the High Fashion Protection, that have been featured in most on the well known luxury end press. This masks are amazing, using Scott Promask Mask, M-95 Military NBC Mask, mixed materials from luxury brands he created 3 amazing and fashion masks that make all other brands jealous of not being featured by him.
“We are in a state of perpetual war – with ourselves and with the
eco-system that sustains us. Perpetual war breeds perpetual fear.
In the present context, this fear stems from our extreme desire for authenticity
and manifests itself in our collectively insatiable culture of consumption…”
I’ll finish featurin the work he did for cartier… Cartier Weaponry! Showing the damage that high end luxury can cause, DIddo features weapons next to jewelry in a dramatic and funny kind of way… Just fantastic isn’t it?
Diddo’s amazing work is something you should follow and be aware! “He is the man”!