Rodney Graham

Cover to Cover

303 Gallery Bomb Interview

Rodney Graham is an internationally renowned conceptual artist and musician who lives and works in Vancouver. In 1997 he represented Canada at Venice Biennale and in spring 2010 had a solo show, Through the Forest, at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona.

Cover to Cover

For many people, record sleeves have the capacity to trigger memories and convey emotion in the most personal way, making them significant not only as tangible objects, but for some, as a first site of direct engagement with visual art. With this in mind, 10 artists - six individuals and two duos - were asked to create a conceptual artwork by selecting twenty LP records based on the album-cover visuals. In the "Cover to Cover" installation, eight crates containing the eight groups of albums create an interactive work of art that visitors can thumb through and play on nearby turntables. The artists were asked to deliver the records to the museum, making these not rare-album wish lists but works created by making selections from what was readily available. Thus, through their choices, each artist communicates a message or tells a visual story that speaks to the unique expressive impact of the 12-inch album cover.