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 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.