Artist James Turrell Says He Did Not Work On Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ Video
"...Neither I nor any of my woes was involved in any way in the making of the 'Hotline Bling' video."
After Drake revealed his “Hotline Bling” video, the Internet began asking, did one of the rapper’s favorite artists, James Turrell, have anything to do with the clip’s light installations? Well, Turrell has answered that question in a statement released by his lawyer (via Noisey):
“While I am truly flattered to learn that Drake f**ks with me,” writes Turrell, “I nevertheless wish to make clear that neither I nor any of my woes was involved in any way in the making of the ‘Hotline Bling’ video.”
So, in short: No, Turrell did not work on the “Hotline Bling” video.
Director X, who did work on the “Hotline Bling” short, chimed in by saying that Turrell’s work not an influence on the clip’s aesthetic and any similarities to his work is “not conscious.” (It’s like an after-the-fact “all persons fictitious” disclaimer.) If anything, says Director X, “Hotline Bling” is more an aesthetic echo of his work on Sean Paul’s video for “Gimmie the Light” and “I’m Still in Love With You.”