Chay-Chay-Chain. Chain of Nudes.

Photographer David LaChapelle got his leg-up from Andy Warhol shooting for Interview Magazine. That lead to a whole slew of gigs shooting wealthy, famous celebrities.

His current (FREE) exhibit in the architectural landmark Lever House lobby is Chain of Life. It’s a huge, playful, paper chain constructed from strips of photographs. The chain stretches and dips the length of the lobby. Quite an impressive feat!

It’s hard to tell because of my shitty camera skills, but the color tone at the front of the chain (by the Park Avenue entrance) is dark. As it stretches through the lobby, the tone lightens considerably, giving it an effective dark-to-light blending.

The chain stretches down to the floor. It’s hard to resist giving it a good tug!

Upon closer examination, you’ll see that all of the photos are of nude bodies! [Go ahead. Click on them.]

The exhibit write-up speaks to “…humanity’s need for one being to affect or connect to the next.” I never get these write-ups. They always sound superficial to me. I enjoy art on a very visceral level. I’m shallow that way.

I consider sneaking this exhibit into a big, public space like Lever House a real coup! I’ve been back twice on my lunch hour; not because it’s titillating (there are too many male genitalia for my taste) but because I can’t imagine too many public spaces putting up with this sort of thing.

It’s up through September 30. If you anywhere nearby it’s worth a look. If you go, walk across the street, south a few blocks and have a look a the lobby and floral displays of the Waldorf-Astoria. Always a treat.

21 thoughts on “Chay-Chay-Chain. Chain of Nudes.

  1. lx: That’s actually a completely separate part of the same exhibit. There are two orbs. Get close enough and you’ll see that they’re made of twisted naked bodies. One orb is all men; the other all women. I was going to include pics but they seemed less effective than the chain.

  2. LOL@the title! much better ekphrasis* than their writeup!*katie couric’s word of the day on twitter recently. and no, i’m not going to give you the definition. look it up. xoxoxox

  3. Before I read that these are nude photos, the little girl in me saw “paper chains” and thought of the miles of decorations I made as a kid.And yes, good on Lever House for showing this. I think it looks lovely, as a colourful chain, and the fact that it’s naked bodies doesn’t bother me.Hell! I have a couple on my own wall!

  4. SF: A little walk down memory lane, is it? She’s out there for the office workers to see.Sav: I’ve been wondering if the post title resulted in any earworms for anyone. Did it for you?dinah: The pics aren’t very erotic. The lighting is bad in a lot of them (intentionally, I presume). Lever House is tops with me for giving up their lobby space to art exhibits. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

  5. I like the jewel effect over all but close ups of pubic hair aren’t my bag.Off topic my son and grandsons enjoyed playing chess in NY with Hustlers. IN fact out of Vermont, Florida, Baltimore and NY, New York was the favourite with all the family.

  6. MT: If you want to see more male genitalia pics, c’mon out here, take your own photos and upload them to your facebook page. They’re not my thing.daisy: Being musically inclined, I assumed you would be affected. dinah: Thanks, dear. My plan is to make a bowl of popcorn and sit in my living room picture window and watch it roll by.Pat: Don’t you love the fact that there are chess hustlers? How old world and charming is that? I’m happy to hear that they enjoyed NYC. It’s not to everybody’s liking so good on them!lx: Thanks, pal. See response to dinah above. It’ll be like being in a movie theater except a tree could crash through my roof at any moment!

  7. I might have less appreciation for art than any man alive (maybe it is the DAMN write-ups that turn me off) but this seems to me to be a very cool idea for an exhibit. Great stuff.

  8. Adam: Appreciation is a very slippery slope. Stumble across one very cool idea and the next thing you know, you’re spending the afternoon at MoMA.Mitzi: Can you imagine the hours it took to put this together? They were probably sick to death of looking at nudes.

  9. I really like things which change according to how close you get to them. I’ve got a great idea for Christmas now, to have little pictures of a corsetted Daisyfae, or a suitable English substitute in daisy chains all over the room.(Coughs and turns quickly away to something dreary to take mind off idea).

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