Harrison Haynes

Cover to Cover

www.HarrisonHaynes.com Les Savy Fav

Harrison Haynes is a visual artist and a musician based in North Carolina. He is the cofounder of the now-defunct Branch Gallery in Durham, North Carolina, and drummer for the group Les Savy Fav. In June 2009 he began graduate studies at the Bard College M.F.A. program in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

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.