The W San Diego Puts Kanye West On Display
The W San Diego may be on its way to foreclosure, but the hotel must figure if it's going to go down, it's gonna do it in style. The W is hosting a cool photo exhibit by Chris Milk—best known as a music video director to big-name musicians such as Kanye West, U2, Green Day and Gnarls Barkley—through September.
Among the oversized photos, which hang throughout the public spaces in the W, some of the best star frequent collaborator Kanye West. Milk, who directed videos for "Jesus Walks," "All Falls Down" and "Touch the Sky," used 3-D scanning and CGI to create the black-white-and-gray images for the works "Kanye West (Wall)" (shown above), where the rapper emerges from a wall of 3-D geometric shapes, and "Kanye West (Reflection)," where we see West's mug looking into a shiny silver sphere.
Originally, Milk created the images for a Complex magazine cover shoot for West. The pair worked with the studio that did the crazy CGI work on de-aging Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Another excellent photograph features President Barack Obama, a departure from Milk's musically themed pics. "Senator Barack Obama (Sky)," shot in 2008, practically predicts the then-junior senator's ascent to the country's highest office. The prez looks well, presidential, as he appears to float in the azure sky while one hand reaches for the clouds and the other holds a microphone to his mouth.
The exhibit is the latest in the W's art offerings. The hotel has hosted artists such as Aaron Chang, who showcased a gorgeous collection of beach-themed photos, an appropriate choice for San Diego. If you fall for Milk's pictures, you can bring one home as a souvenir. The photos are all for sale, ranging in price from $1,800 to $5,000. If you can afford it, why wouldn't you want a Kanye hanging in their living room?
[Photo: Chris Milk]