Mingering Mike is a mysterious guy.
He lived in an imaginary world in his bedroom in the 1970s, like a lot of teenagers. In Mingering Mike’s world, he was a famous R&B singer, producing dozens of albums.
He painstakingly created those albums out of cardboard and paper, drawing the covers and even making grooves on cardboard records, wrapping them in plastic and adding sale stickers.
Several years ago, a record collector, Dori Hadar, came upon Mingering Mike’s beautiful fictive albums while digging through stacks of real records in a Washington, D.C., flea market. Dori tracked the artist down. Many examples of Mingering Mike’s work will be part of the Nasher Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl.”
A couple of years ago, Mingering Mike released his first real 45-rpm record, “There’s Nothing Wrong with You Baby, pt. 1 and 2.”
Click on that link to hear it and you’ll go back in time!
“The Record: Contemporary Art & Vinyl” is the first museum exhibition to explore the culture of vinyl records within the history of contemporary art. Opening at the Nasher Museum Sept. 2, 2010.
Artists (partial list)
Laurie Anderson (b. 1947 USA), Felipe Barbosa (b. 1978 Brazil), David Byrne (b. 1952 Scotland), William Cordova (b. 1971 Peru), Jeroen Diepenmaat (b. 1978 Netherlands), Satch Hoyt (b. 1975 UK), Jasper Johns (b. 1930 USA), Taiyo Kimura (b. 1970 Japan), Tim Lee (b. 1975 Korea), Christian Marclay (b. 1955 USA), David McConnell (b. 1975 USA), Mingering Mike (b. 1950 USA), Dave Muller (b. 1964 USA), Robin Rhode (b. 1976 South Africa), Dario Robleto (b. 1972 USA), Ed Ruscha (b. 1937 USA), Malick Sidibe (b. 1935 Mali), Xaviera Simmons (b. 1974 USA), Su-Mei Tse (b. 1973 Luxembourg), Fatimah Tuggar (b. 1967 Nigeria), and Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953 USA).
IMAGE: Cover of Mingering Mike’s 45-rpm record, “There’s Nothing Wrong With You Baby, pt. 1 and 2”