Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ Video Leads Artist James Turrell to Issue Hilarious Statement
Drake's "Hotline Bling" video has sent the internet in hysterics this week -- both good and bad. The memes and parody videos that have arrived after the rapper dropped the illuminating visuals have brought a ton of laughs while the song itself has caused drama from a different end.
Last year, Drizzy attended artist James Turrell's light exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. For his "Hotline Bling" clip, it seems as if the Toronto rhymer was inspired by Turrell's work, which has been pointed out across social media sites like Twitter. The clip's aesthetics are closely aligned with the artist's work.
When viewers were looking at Drizzy's dance moves or thinking of the next meme they could create, it was easy to get lost in the mesmerizing backdrops filled with soft colors of pink, baby blue and peach. Luckily, the visionary doesn't seem to mind Drake basically taking his art and turning it into a visually stunning music video and he even has some jokes about it to boot. Turrell distanced himself from the video in a hilarious statement released shortly after "Hotline Bling" arrived.
"While I am truly flattered to learn that Drake f*cks with me, I nevertheless wish to make clear that neither I nor any of my woes was involved in any way in the making of the Hotline Bling video," Turrell wrote in a statement issued to The Art Law Blog.
The "Back 2 Back" rapper hasn't tried to hide the fact that he's a fan of Turrell's work either. In a piece for Rolling Stone last year, the Take Care creator said “I f--- with Turrell. He was a big influence on the visuals for my last tour," while visiting an art experience created by the virtuoso.
The 72-year-old artist is known for creating mind-blowing pieces by altering and manipulating light and space. And as the "Started From the Bottom" rapper exited the psychedelic experience last, his mind was boggled.
"All my questions about life are answered!" he said in the same piece. "I made this joke beforehand that I should have smoked a blunt first, but I'm glad I didn't. I would have lost my s---." He also gave his co-manager some tips on keeping himself together.
"Yo -- at the beginning, take off one of the headphones, just so you know it'll be all right and that you're not gonna lose your mind," he said.
As the saying goes "good artists copy, great artists steal" but the question is, which one did Drake do? Check out some comparison shots between Turrell's work and the "Hotline Bling" video on art site Hyperallergic here and share your thoughts in the comments below.
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