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Monolith APRIL 10, 2013 - by Ash Moore
AUDIO VISUAL: FRIPP AND ENO
The photograph on the cover of Fripp and Eno's 1973 studio album (No Pussyfooting) was taken by Willie Christie at the request of Brian Eno. During the time of the shoot, in 1972, Christie was an established fashion photographer and the husband to Vogue's creative director Grace Coddington. The idea of the mirrored room is reminiscent of Yayoi Kusama's work. She voluntarily lives within a psychiatric institution and her work focuses on obsessiveness and the desire to escape from psychological trauma. She creates installations that immerse the audience within the endless mirrors, or dots, as she's frequently used before. The mirrors were constructed within the house that Christie shared with Coddington in Maida Vale, West London. The house was set up as a make shift photography studio.
"We hired the mirror from Chelsea Glassware and the zinc 'floor' came from a session I'd just done for (fashion publication) Over 21," explains Christie, "I've always felt badly for Brian that he didn't share the credit, since it was his idea and we worked on it together."