AN EXHIBITION showcasing artistic interpretations of inspirational record covers will open in Ballarat this week.
Entitled Cover Versions, the group show features works from local artists Tonya Blizzard, Heath Bradley, David Caroll, Simon Dunbar, Melissa Peacock, Kelly Grundy, Lenny Hyatt, Bren Luke, Suzanne McRae, Nadia Moth, Dillon Naylor, Travis Price, Peter Sparkman, and Tamara Wighton.
Artist Dillon Naylor said for those who grew up in the pre-digital music age, record album cover design was just as important as the platter inside.
“Many hours were spent in an orange beanbag with chunky headphones on, gazing through these large windows into the music we loved and they now have an iconic value that sticks in our hearts and inspires our own creativity,” he said.
“As music formats got smaller, the covers also shrank from drink coaster size to tiny icons on your phone, which dramatically dissipates the clarity and impact of these images. This exhibition is a celebration of the dimension and power of these images, filtered through the artists' personal stylings.”
Local artist Peter Sparkman, who has used digital illustrations and photography for his work, said the exhibition would conjure up feelings of nostalgia.
Works on show will consist of a range of mediums from pen, brush, ink, paint, sculpture and digital. Cover Versions will be at Wolveschildren Art Space from September 18 to October 10.