Alan Vega, Infinite Mercy (Retrospective at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, curated by Mathieu Copeland)
ALAN VEGA, KNOWN TO BE ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF MINIMALIST ELECTRONIC ROCK AS THE CO -FOUNDER WITH MARTIN REV OF THE MYTHICAL BAND “SUICIDE”, IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A VISUAL ARTIST ACTIVE ON THE NEW YORK SCENE SINCE THE END OF THE 1960S.
/ THE FIRST TIME I DID A LIGHT PIECE WAS WHEN I WAS WORKING ON A VERY BIG PURPLE PAINTING. THERE WAS ONE LIGHT BULB IN THE ROOM, AND AS I WALKED AROUND I NOTICED HOW THE PAINTING ACQUIRED DIFFERENT ASPECTS. I WANTED IT TO BE ONE COLOUR, SO […] I TOOK THE LIGHT OUT OF THE CEILING AND REALLY STUCK IT ON THE PAINTING. THAT STARTED ME WITH THE WHOLE IDEA OF LIGHT BECAUSE I WANTED TO CONTROL THE COLOUR, BUT THEN I SUDDENLY BEGAN TO REALIZE JUST HOW MUCH LIGHT AFFECTS A PAINTING — ALL PAINTING IS ABOUT LIGHT. […] AS I STARTED WORKING WITH LIGHT, I STARTED GETTING MORE AND MORE INTO DIFFERENT COLOURS OF LIGHT INSTEAD OF USING PAINT. I STARTED USING LIGHT BULBS OF COLOUR THAT BECAME MY PAINT. /
“I am Mattia Rinaudo. I am Italian and a blank canvas for creativity. I’ve loved tattoo’s since i was young. They attract attention and conversation. They have no specific reason other than coloring my life and bringing beauty. I’ve collected them from friends and my travels around the world including London, Brazil, Italy, South Africa – 5 different artist in total. I got the first tattoo at the age of 16 on my thigh, Chinese symbols, it was the easiest to hide from parents. As my passion grew the tattoos expanded all over my body and I’m nowhere near finished.”
This spectral arm belongs to Rune Willerslev an almost 19 year old from Gallivare a small mining town in northern Sweden. The apparitions are by Johan ‘Piller’ Larsson at inkline.se
Is no one else but LDN’s very own, the loveliest, nicest Saira Hunjan (who, just for the record, was in sang Bleu 0, remember?).
Your images will be up: Today.
Because I fuckin love them.
PS: Would you be so kind as to telling us who the tattoo artists are?
photography by Natalia David