Play that song for me

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Images: Vynil records couture dress by Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal on the cover of the issue n.21 of Zoo Magazine / My Back Pages by Paul Villinski as displayed at MAD Museum, NYC. My Back Pages is a site-specific installation of stacked cardboard LP album covers and a record player whose spinning turntable and arm produce unrecognizable scratching sounds. Emerging from the turntable and ascending up the gallery wall is a flock of black and polychrome butterflies cut from vintage phonograph records. The title was inspired by Arlo Guthrie’s 1969 song “My Front Pages,” and the records, acquired by the artist over the course of thirty years, make up what he describes as “the soundtrack of my life.” Before Villinski alters each record with a scroll saw, he listens to it, as a kind of eulogy for what it represented before its modification. The process of transformative destruction allows the artist to release the meaning of the albums, the collection, and the songs into the world at large. The piece is part of the Beer Can Butterflies collection that explore s themes of transformation and recovery through the metamorphosis of crushed beer cans from the streets of New York into flocks of realistically crafted butterflies.

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One response to “Play that song for me

  1. Love this blog I’ll be back when I have more time.

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