Jan 2016

Style special

Limited-edition cover by Joseph Kosuth

Wallpaper* & Samsung

Wallpaper* has partnered with Samsung and leading intermedia artist Marcos Lutyens to explore the modern city, starting with his home town of Los Angeles. Lutyens' work blends art and performance, accommodating our almost unconscious reactions to colour in artwork that changes our perception of the places we live in.

takes colour to another dimension

Just like Samsung, Lutyens believes that technology can bring us closer together, enhancing our experience of interactions and our surroundings. The artist has used Samsung's GALAXY TAB S as an essential sketchbook, notebook, encyclopaedia, photo studio and paint box. Los Angeles is the palette, and technology is the brush. 

Marcos Lutyens

  • Marcos Lutyens in his Los Angeles studio, where traditional colour palettes and the GALAXY TAB S have been working hand in hand. 

  • ‘The colour screen is amazing,’ Lutyens says. ‘When you open it up for the first time it jumps right out at you – there’s a vibrancy to the Super AMOLED display that reveals colours in their true state.'

  • Lutyens is an intermedia artist, using every form of technology, material and media to shape immersive, interactive experiences.

  • On his trip through Los Angeles, the artist took Samsung's new GALAXY TAB S to help him soak up inspiration, document a new world of colour, experiment and interact closely with his surroundings.

  • The stained glass of Milan's Duomo influenced his experiments with coloured filters, using materials sourced in Lutyens' favoured LA haunts like the specialist glass vendors on York Boulevard. 

  • Samsung’s innovative Super AMOLED has a wide colour gamut 20 per cent wider than other conventional LCD tablets. This creates a perfect mirror of reality, rendered with pin-sharp precision and deep contrast.

  • As a result, the Samsung GALAXY TAB S generates a brighter and more dynamic picture, delivering the rich, deep and colourful world you see with your eyes straight to the screen.

  • Lutyens' project is about taking colours and moods from six key global cities as the inspiration for a series of large-scale artworks that will soon debut around the world.

  • On his trip through Los Angeles, the artist took Samsung's new GALAXY TAB S to help him soak up inspiration, document a new world of colour, experiment and interact closely with his surroundings. 

  • 'It’s almost as if the images I take show the colours exactly as our eyes experience reality, which is perfect for an artist,' says Lutyens, 'the super deep contrast jumps out at you even outdoors in LA's bright light.'

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The GALAXY TAB S has a Super AMOLED screen and advanced camera, allowing it to capture vivid images of everything that passes before the artist's eye. Its Adaptive Display technology proved invaluable as Lutyens delved into his imagery, undertaking research and making visual experiments. By ensuring the screen is optimised for true colour reproduction in whichever application he's using, Adaptive Display turns the TAB S into the ultimate artist's portal, able to reproduce every colour of the rainbow with perfect fidelity.

Multitasking is also transformed by Samsung’s Multi Window system, which enables Lutyens to divide up his on-screen tasks into functional chunks, letting apps and tools exist side by side. Sketch, draw, check e-mail, watch a film, browse the web and keep up with your feeds all at one, thanks to the fast processor and spacious 10.5in or 8.4in screen.

Together with Wallpaper and Lutyens, the GALAXY Tab S has opened a window onto the city. The end result will be an innovative global installation designed to explore the way we respond to colour, weather and our unconscious desires.

Experience Lutyens’ installation precisely as the artist intended, thanks to Samsung’s most innovative and elegant tablet to date, the GALAXY Tab S.

Wallpaper*: How are you influenced by Los Angeles?
Marcos Lutyens: There’s a feeling in LA of being connected to your natural surroundings – you can see the terrain, the sea, the grid, the parks, the mountains. There’s an incredible spectrum of not just culture but nature.

W*: What are the key elements of your work?
ML: I like to collaborate, bring people together; a lot of my work is performance based.

W*: How do you describe your relationship with technology?
ML: For an artist to be relevant, they need to work with technology. It brings a rush of creative possibilities.

W*: How will you translate your urban experience into an artwork?
ML: This experience of LA through the GALAXY Tab S has generated ideas and experiments and the seeds of a big idea. I like the possibility of communicating with images and sound - I want people to feel intuitively aware of how each city has a different pace.

W*: How will the installation work?
ML: The basic premise is to tie emotions and colour and weather together, and counterbalance the effects that weather has. For example, on a cold, grey rainy day we’re trying to use colours to counter that.

W*: How does the Galaxy TAB S help your workflow?
ML: It’s incredible the way it’s so lightweight and thin. I also like to use the Multi Screen capability; you can cruise through the internet and make notes and grab images, all at the same time.

W*: How can colour transform our lives?
ML: When we go about our daily lives we’re kind of half asleep and not aware of all the colours that are around us. Take those filters away and you’re aware that colours are much brighter. You can enhance your senses to take in a wider, broader spectrum.