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March 29, 2006

Justin Graham @ Atmos NYC!!!


Today we are showing you the work of Artist Justin Graham, who is at the moment showcasing his work at Atmos NYC.

To give you the best inside into this exceptional project, where the artist combines todays sneaker culture with old masterpieces of classic music, we let the artist himself describe the background to you.

"This project to me obviously brings with it a lot of significance, and I feel that it carries more weight than simply notes drawn on sneakers. I believe that this project brings together two lifestyles and time periods that do not frequently get together, for say, tea on a Saturday afternoon. This is the result of your great, great grandmother bumping into the fresh hip hop character on the street, but instead of making assumptions they exchange thoughts, and both individuals take the time necessary to understand the other person’s point of view. This is that real, raw, classical music sound masterminded by some poor, brilliant composers, thrown together into a closed room with a material item, that we will use for this analogy to represent the out of control money involvement in the industry of mainstream music today. This project simply represents any two separate and uncommon ideas, misunderstood perhaps, which when innocently introduced, combine to create a rather beautiful work of art. "



White & Gold: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Opus 30, written by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Each sneaker is divided into three pages of piano music, one for each of the three movements. The left sneaker begins all three movements for piano I, and the right sneaker begins all three movements for piano II.


Blue & White: Cello Concerto in E minor, Opus 85, written by Edward Elgar. Each sneaker is divided into four pages of cello music, one for each of the four movements. The left sneaker begins the 2nd and 3rd movements, and ends the 1st and 4th movements. The right sneaker begins the 1st and 4th movements, and ends the 2nd and 3rd movements.

Black & Red: Six Suites for Violoncello Solo, written by Johann Sebastian Bach. Each sneaker is divided into six pages of cello music, one for each suite. The left sneaker begins suites 1, 2, & 3, and ends suites 4, 5, & 6. The right sneaker begins suites 4, 5, & 6, and ends suites 1, 2, & 3.


If you have time, drop by to take a look at these great customs by Justin Graham, one of the best with most inside I have seen in a while.




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