From John Lennon to Moby, 10 Musicians Who Have Crossed Over into Visual Art
Estimate $5,450. Celebrated American singer-songwriter, musician, DJ, and photographer, Moby has been producing photographs since he was ten years old. This work is part of his recent series Innocents, 2013 which follows his 2011 exhibition, book and album Destroyed.
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Though it’s his music that made him a household name, Moby has been making art for just as long. His photojournalist uncle gave him a Nikon F when he was 10, and by 17 he had built a darkroom in his basement—though he didn’t exhibit his photography until a 2010 show at the Brooklyn Museum. Switching from film to digital photography, Moby has explored such subjects as the isolation of touring as a musician, the energy of crowds, and, in his series “Innocents,” an imagined world after the prophesied 2012 apocalypse, inhabited by a “cult of innocents.” In these eerie images, he leaves interpretation up to viewers. “I don’t like pedantic art. I don’t like art that draws a conclusion for the viewer,” he has said. “I like art that presents itself with a question attached to it.”
American, b. 1965, New York, New York