We owe our visions of the future to the relatively unknown artist and engineer Syd Mead. Menna Aden photographs personal spaces from a lightbulb’s perspective. Cai Guo Qiang’s explosions rival the accidental Fourth of July fireball unleashed by the city of San Diego. Ken Solomon immortalizes the Facebook pages of other guys named Ken Solomon. A student activist lights up a cigar at the president of Columbia University’s desk.
Syd Mead, Mobilage (1985, Gouache).
Menno Aden, Untitled (S.E.), 2008. Courtesy of the artist.
Cai Guo Qiang, Mystery Circle explosion, 2012. MOCA, Los Angeles.
Ken Solomon, FB Portrait Kenneth Solomon, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Josée Bienvenu Gallery.
Gerald S. Upsham, Student activist David Shapiro sitting behind University President Kirk’s desk during six-day campus uprising and protest at Columbia University, May 1968. Courtesy of the international Center of Photography.