V1 GALLERY PROUDLY PRESENTS
A group exhibition by:
Wes Lang, Jonathan Meese, Andreas Golder, John Copeland, Shephard Fairey, Anika Lori, Todd James, Barry McGee, Andrew Schoultz, Kasper Sonne, Billy Grant, Laura Grant, Joe Grillo, Neil Farber, Michael Dumontier, Ron English, HuskMitNavn, Misaki Kawai, Jakob Boeskov, Geoff McFetridge, Ashley Macomber, Ryan Schneider, Shane Bradford, Devin Flynn, Devendra Banhart, Clayton Brothers, Thomas Øvlisen, Joe Bradley, Eddie Martinez, Katherine Bernhardt, Edward Fella, Ivan Andersen, Mark Mulroney, James Jarvis, Cody Hudson, Claus Carstensen, Hillary Pecis, André, Zven Balslev, Carl Krull, Russell Nachman, Justin B Williams, Able Brown, Søren Behncke, Ulrik Crone & Michael Rytz.
The album cover is an awe-inspiring canvas. It transcends and challenges formal notions of art and the barriers often built between image and sound. Suspended between art and function it deconstructs the notion of what a frame is – or can be.
Covers can create ideas and screw (up) expectations. They attract, repulse, reach out and slap you in the face. They rest on thrones and crawl in the gutter. Sometimes the images stand at odds with the music they contain – other times cardboard and vinyl melt into equilibrium. They transform a collection of sounds into a gallery of visual experiments, timeless classics and stand out works of art.
And last but not least album covers are the first things that greet you when you hold a new record in your hand and the last thing you see when you slip the vinyl back into darkness. It covers up meaning and opens up to other dimensions. The album cover has even survived its own physical death and re- emerged in the digital sphere, freed from any other function than being part of music.
For all these reasons and more V1 Gallery salutes the artistic album cover in all its glory. The gallery has invited a long list of artists with a special connection to music and has asked them to create an album cover. Minimalism, fuck fingers, rock’n’roll, grand emotions, fantasies, clowns, satan, fruits, guitars, karate heroes in black, white and colours blend on these newly created covers with playful stories of the past projected into the future.