In Austin, you can see what inspired Drake’s “Hotline Bling”

Since the release of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video, more than a few noticers have noticed that the visual resemble the work of James Turrell, the visionary artist who for a half century has fearlessly experimented with light and color.

This week, in an interview with the Washington Post, Turrell said he’s enjoyed a little of the pop culture limelight since the video’s release.

“He honored my work and I was flattered by that,” Turrell told the Post. “Actually, I’ve enjoyed a lot more attention since he got involved.”

The Canadian rapper is apparently a bit of a contemporary art aficiando.  Said Turrell: “Drake went through my exhibition. I did meet him in Los Angeles, and he was in the spaces that I did do there, and has some images from that.”

In Austin you can see for yourself what Drake found artistically inspiring.

The permanent installation is on top of the student activity building on campus.

 

A view through the aperture in James Turrell’s “The Color Inside,” a permanent installation at the University of Texas.
A view through the aperture in James Turrell’s “The Color Inside,” a permanent installation at the University of Texas.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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