One River Gallery in Englewood, northern New Jersey’s premier exhibit space for contemporary art, will present “12 Inch”, a multimedia show featuring works by 12 emerging contemporary and established artists that were influenced by iconic albums of the past 40 years. Each work will present an interpretation of an album that the artists discovered in their youth. “12 Inch” will open on November 8 and run through December 27.
“As music has transitioned from the physical to the digital realm over the last 20 years, the importance, mystery, and cultural impact of vinyl and CD albums has gotten lost,” says Matt Ross, founder of One River Gallery. “Our ’12 Inch” exhibit will celebrate the majesty of physical albums by demonstrating the formidability and durability of the medium, which was a significant influence in the development of the participating artists. We’ll also be presenting a soundtrack of the music that’s represented in the show, giving everyone a chance to wind back the clock, return to the glory days of the teen and college years, and rock out.”
Classic albums by such recording artists as Funkadelic, Steve Miller, Cream, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Rolling Stones, and Frank Zappa will be represented in works by the following artists:
“12 Inch” was curated by Chuck Webster, a 1996 graduate of American University (MFA in Painting). Webster has had solo exhibitions at the Patrick De Brock Gallery (Knokke, Belgium), the Betty Cunningham Gallery (NYC), the Steven Zevitas Gallery (Boston), ACME Gallery (Los Angeles), ZieherSmith (New York), FRED (London), Galerie Jones (Cologne, Germany) and many more. His works are part of the permanent collections at Beinecke Library (Yale University), the David Winton Bell Collection (Brown University), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (Los Angeles), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC).
“Our world has gotten more mobile and lazy, moving music from LPs to CDs to clicks,” says Webster. “Things are more instant, and music discovery doesn’t involve the exciting hunt or ceremony that it used to. ’12 Inch’ will share the forgotten – or for younger music lovers, never experienced – joy of flipping through albums, carrying them home, unwrapping the plastic, and sliding out the record. We’ll also have favorites on hand for all to pull out and play. It will be a joyous, transportative, and awesome journey.”