The renowned artist-musician Moby's exhibition of remarkable, large-scale photographs, entitled Innocents, opened on Friday, February 21 and continues through March 30 at Project Gallery in Hollywood.
As a follow-up to his 2011 acclaimed photography exhibition Destroyed, Innocents is based upon the premise of documenting the strangeness and the beauty of an unfolding apocalyptic world. The vivid photographs were created in conjunction with Moby's highly praised, atmospheric album Innocents, which was released in October 2013.
Moments before the opening of the show, Moby discussed the photography exhibition and his new album.
Lauren: How does this photography exhibit reflect the Innocents album?
Moby: Well, they are both a response to my moving to Los Angeles. And to me, in a very general sense, there are two sides to life in Los Angeles: there is the domestic side and the natural side.
The domestic side is the Farmer's Market, listening to NPR, petting a dog in the backyard, making spaghetti, and going to Whole Foods. LA does have this very nice, sort of gentle, domestic side to it. And the album that I made I think is very much part of that.
And the other side is the fact that, unlike most cities, we have this corridor, this corridor of civilization, corridor of people from Tijuana to Santa Barbara. And west of that is the world's biggest ocean that doesn't support human life. And east of that is a vast uncaring desert that doesn't support human life. So, this contrast of suburban LA life with the fact that like a few inches away is emptiness.
You know, because most cities don't have that. Like, if you are in New York, you go a few miles, you're in Philadelphia or New Haven or Providence. You look around and you see more people. And here, you look south and you see more people. You look north and you see more people. You look west and you see nothing. And you look east and you see this vast expanse of life threatening nothingness. And that is much more the inspiration for the art show.