When lens and art collide! Following its previous collab with Slick Rick, rapper will.i.am of the American hip hop group Black Eyes Peas has rolled out the sunglasses collaboration between the eyewear brand ill.i Optics and the lauded Shanghai-based artist Xu Zhen. Illustrious for the provocative form of sculptures and installations that unveil contemporary Chinese socio-political taboos, Zhen takes his artsy identity as a lionhearted provocateur with his “Turbulent” series reinterpreted in various forms.


The alchemical series is inspired by Xu Zhen’s use of spray paint that defines abstract expressionism linked by geometry of minimalism. The lens are replaced with hand-carved stone, with gold and geometric patterns from the rebellious multimedia artist’s “Turbulent” series embedded within custom acetate frames. Only a limited edition of 100 pairs each for men and women are available. In addition to the lens, a standalone sculpture will be displayed to celebrate the collab. Get your pair at Traffic in Los Angeles, Harvey Nichols London, or online at Ill.i!

Photos via Noisey