Friday, May 15th in Chicago Illinois, Turntabling’s Joe Wallace curates Remix, an art show featuring album cover collages by Jessica Barnett DeCuir, who comes to StudioLab to show her work all the way from San Antonio, Texas. (Some readers will remember that StudioLab hosted the Turntabling album cover show in 2014, Sexy and Scary Vinyl)
DeCuir’s work for the show involves album covers from the 70s and 80s. “I limited myself to these two decades because the albums are easy to come by and are the nostalgic, often cheesy soundtrack of my years growing up and listening to radio, records and tapes. Many of the original album covers contained subliminal content, later to be revealed through my 2×2” square cutting process.”
If it hadn’t been for an accidental discovery, Remix might not have happened. DeCuir says,”The series began when I found a small fragment cut from a record cover in the garbage,” she says, “When I showed it to my husband, a fellow musician, band-mate, and vinyl junkie, he was instantly able to identify the album it came from, while to me it was an interesting abstract image. Surrounded by a couple of thousand records in our home music studio, it was not difficult to get inspiration for the project that began in 2006 and has continued off-and-on through 2015.”
This show features some famous–and infamous–album covers. What has been done to them must be seen to be believed. It’s one thing to view a single image from the show like the one above, titled Crimson Collins, it’s quite another to see a large number of these works grouped together. Then you really get the full impact of the work and the show overall.
Remix has an opening reception at StudioLab on Friday May 15, from 6 to 10PM on the 5th Floor of the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, and the show runs until mid-June. You can learn more about the opening night via our Facebook event page for Remix.