Vinyl has made its biggest comeback to date, with 2016 record sales reaching the highest of highs since 1991. And what better way to celebrate vinyl’s continuous growth and undeniable popularity than with 101 works of art?
The results for Spin It were exactly as Rios had envisioned; 63 individual expressions of record sleeve nostalgia.
Whilst some records featured more of an emotional response, some took a more playful approach; although they were all rich with colour and powerful imagery.
Robin Monique Rios is the Chicago-based artist behind the collaboration of creativity, scouting 63 different artists to take part in her next art exhibition, Spin It. Planning the exhibition late last summer, Rios jumped online and ordered a batch of 150 used records, sleeves included. Advising the diverse selection of artists not to overthink their design, artists were encouraged to express difference, which is exactly what they did.
Designs ranged anywhere from directly painting on the wax to transferring digital photography works onto the vinyl. Fewer artists opted for this, as the more complex process involved printing images onto a sticky vinyl sheet which would then be adhered to the record.
The results were exactly as Rios had envisioned; 63 individual expressions of record-art nostalgia. Whilst some records featured an emotion-evoked response, some took a more playful approach; although they were all rich with colour and powerful imagery.
The Spin It art exhibition will begin on May 19 to June 16, at 4ArtSPACE in Chicago.