18/07: New work – large Graphite drawing (180 cm x 80cm) ‘Noise reduction’
Adding a Narrative
Vinyl and Cassettes have a very interdependent relationship, or at least they used to. I would often buy an Album the usec a blank tape to record it. I’d spend hours taping all my favorite songs from my brother’s record collection in his bedroom. I didn’t own a record player so I’d tape songs, treating his records/player with the utmost respect. His bedroom was a musical haven for me. He had so many interesting records. All I had was Captain Beaky, OMD and Cassettes borrowed from the local Library.
I felt that drawing in a background, adding the shelves where music is stored was my next step away from isolated images of tapes and records. I drew the sketch to the left when I was about 18. It’s creased and tatty yet I don’t mind because the drawing has the same characteristics. It’s a picture of shelves jammed packed with books, ornaments, Jimmy Hendrix postcards, photo booth portraits and at the bottom a section of my brother’s stereo system. I loved staring at these shelves when I listened to music.
Time to scale up…..
I had done some initial exploration in Graphite then immediately felt that the drawings I was making were too small. I was confident that the sketches would work on a larger scale so I then cleared the wall in my studio from all the drawings/photos/notes etc and fixed a large piece of MDF to the wall.
I then set about masking out areas that I wanted to keep white. I was using thin masking tape that would help create the uneven edge of vinyl jackets.
The finished piece has some fantastic effects that I’m going to take into colour