Lately, it seems that everyone’s a DJ. For better or for worse, iPods, CDs, and laptops allow anyone to forgo a proper vinyl education and hop into the booth. Though, when you step back and think about it, perhaps the principles behind what makes a good DJ are always more universal than anyone realized, at least when it comes to creative sublimation. Just as DJs distill the work of many musicians into a new and larger entity, creating a separate experience for the audience, visual artists, too, are tapping into their own cultural surroundings, sampling the influences they have accumulated, integrating them into their work. Both the visual artist and the DJ can be seen as “selectors” who draw from trends and fads, the finished product being their interpretation of the art around them. With this in mind, A Nice Set was born, conceptualized by Jeremy Hollister and Jeff Staple several years ago, after the pair stumbled upon a pile of spare slip mats Staple had hanging around his office. Originally conceived as a solo show in which Hollister would exhibit his own art on slip mats at Staple’s New York Reed Space, it evolved into its current form when Hollister decided the project would be more interesting if he could invite a collection of international artists to contribute work, and Staple would then exhibit them in his New York and Tokyo Reed Space locations.