Dev Hynes of "Blood Orange" has been on a sublime rise for the past several years. Since his indefinite hiatus and departure from "Lightspeed Champion", Hynes began working on this most recent project back in 2009. With some early scattered shows in his native London as well as his adopted home, New York City, Hynes began to gather plenty of nods from the musical community which has since then culminated in the widely acclaimed release of Cupid Deluxe in 2013.
The results since then have been an ever-adaptable and refined sound much akin to what I like to call our generation's "Prince"... if you'd feel comfortable with that comparison. His innate aesthetic, both musically and fashion wise (much like our 80's hero), comes across definitively in the track titled "Uncle Ace". When coupling his sublimely delivered and highly romanticized lyrics with his funk driven riffs, it is easy to see why so many people find themselves drawn to his music. You just can't help but find yourself cooing along with him: "I'm everything you need- Put all you need in me".
The photo I have elected for this post perhaps echoes less the sentiment behind this track as much as the photographer himself. Enter the world of Yoav Friedlander. His keen eye and militant precision (probably in part due to the few years he served in the Israeli army) are both visible in the elegant frames he sets up with the help of his camera. Friedlander's works clearly echo an ethereal yet familiar scene like that of a dream we cannot shake from our consciousness. The photographer himself describes his craft in a unique way:
"What exists is different from how it is mapped in a photograph. Photography at times diffused itself so well into consciousness that we find ourselves considering what is real to be different from how it should be according to its own image. Since the invention of the photograph, reality gradually became augmented by its own reflection. I am focusing my work at that point of friction."
Now living in New York and pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts, Friedlander probably finds himself in the company of many creative wells of inspiration such as Hynes himself... Whether or not they are actually aware of each others existence, it seems apparent that what they choose to reflect in their art and its delivery is a fundamentally skewed perspective on things that seem often familiar to us. We consume these products voraciously as things we can relate to, but really we may have never even interacted with such themes or subjects in our own lives.
Both men find themselves in a world that seems to have this desire to desperately want to be aware of the things conveyed in art, or their own art respectively. Much like a failed quest for enlightenment, people can tend to over consume media as a "patch" used to cover up a void in their understanding. Others however, can and will be inspired by such individualized efforts until they find themselves in the presence of such innovators. Perhaps like the subject of the photograph, their encounter would be as such: tabled, out of place and without audience.
Yet still all too familiar...
+Image via AERBOR
This post was created in collaboration with illetante