Man Ray was a surrealist artist and photographer creating images around the turn of the last century. Much of the pop culture of the 60s, 70s and 80s were either directly or indirectly inspired by his art works and images. His work “the lips” were used for the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s ads. Many musicians including R.E.M. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers used his art as inspiration in either lyrics or album covers.
I like his daring, and his willingness to do things differently. His main message that resonates with me, especially relevant today, with all the coolness digital art offers:
“Of course, there will always be those
who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more
curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred
inspiration to information.”