Monday, 20 December 2010
Photograph by Michael Spencer Jones
In the gallery @oxo, a line of faces form the Hypergallery hall of fame, paying homage to some of our greatest musical heroes, from Gabriel to Gallaghers.
Spending time in the gallery with this enigmatic lineup has me thinking about the history of cover art portraiture.
Ian Inglis wrote of the Beatles' With The Beatles and Beatles For Sale covers that "there are no smiling faces, but here the challenge - both to the audience and to the conventions of the album cover portrait - is increased by the deliberately stretched and distorted features of the Beatles."
I'll be focussing some of the inevitable spare time in the oxo gallery afforded by this seasonal weather on reading 'Nothing You Can See That Isn't Shown' by Inglis, and thinking about convention and confrontation in the portraits on exhibition here.
Could be the beginning of something starry.
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