When Drake dropped his video for 'Hotline Bling' earlier this week, many observant aesthetes were quick to notice its visual similarities to the work of James Turrell. The revered American artist is known for his use of light and space, so watching Drake dad-dance across blank rooms of changing hue seemed awfully evocative of Turrell.
Here's a gif from Drake's video:
And here's a gif from Turrell's 2013 exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York:
Pretty similar right? While the video was fuelling energetic speculation, evidence of Drake's love for the work of Turrell was beginning to legitimise the theory. A while back, Drake posted this on his Instagram:
Was this a project two years in the making? And more importantly, would it undo the damage done to Art X Hip Hop collabs by 'Picasso Baby'?
While it's a nice thought, it wasn't to be. Turrell's lawyers recently got in touch with Noisey to put the thoery to bed. Prepare yourself, because this quote is a thing of beauty:
'You may have seen the video for the rapper Drake’s latest single, “Hotline Bling,” which is clearly “inspired by” the work of my client James Turrell. Turrell has issued the following statement in response:
“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.”'