Kanye West x Tom Stoppard
There were two things that sprung to mind when I saw the prints at the Dries Van Noten show. One was the play Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard because of all the prints of botanical etchings. The second was the video for Kanye West’s Flashing Lights, for the dark nightscapes of cities. I thought these two things were completely irreconcilable until I read this line from Arcadia, “The Gothic novel expressed in landscape. Everything but vampires.” There is something of a menace in the juxtaposition of these prints, I think they reflect a kind of anxiety we feel about landscape.
This video is NSFW-ish