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Creative Merger: Medium Vinyl

Within the creative fields, it’s hard to fathom one existing without the other – fashion, music, art and words are all, it would seem, intrinsically intertwined. And so for Medium: Vinyl, Hardware Gallery has decided to take the figurative out of that notion with an exhibition that brings together music and art in a very literal merging of creative expression. Featuring 150 art works created on old vinyl records as the canvas, the event is a pure celebration for the senses.

Little Gonzales

Nicole Toms

Inspired by a show in the world’s greatest muse, New York City, gallery director Lew Palaitis brought the idea back to his space in Enmore. As an avid collector of records since he was a child, music has long been an influence within the gallery itself, so it seemed to be calling for an exhibition that was inspired by it. As Lew puts it, “Vinyl is something we do every year because of the record room here at the gallery and the timing is perfect with vinyl on the comeback. We knew that we could draw together different generations of artists into this show because of vinyls appeal to old and young.” Indeed, appeal to old and young it did; calling Lew’s shout-out for artists as inclusive is an understatement. He opened the exhibition to the first 150 works he received, no questions asked.

“I figured that the only reason you would have a selection process with a show this big is because you might worry about the quality of work that was entered. I had a lot of faith that artists who chose to take part in such a unique and quirky kind of show would be good artists anyway. I also wanted the scope of the show to be as big as possible - by making it open to all artists we would get to see the widest variety of styles and ideas. Judging by the entries we received, it was the right way to go - the works are looking awesome.”

Maneki Neko

Helen Balmer

We got a sneak peak of some of the works and we’d have to agree – in fact, some are downright exceptional. With everything from paintings to sculptures submitted, the canvas is really the only common thread running through the works. “Vinyl is iconic, not just its size and shape, but also its texture,” Lew elaborates. “The artists in the show have really taken the vinyl as a unique canvas, not just a round disc. I think vinyl as a canvas is fun, and artists have not just painted on a round surface, they have embraced the records and music itself, creating works that interact with the grooves, the centre label or the name of the track itself. I think this interaction is related to the fact that vinyl records bridge the generation gap, with older artists and younger artists all embracing vinyl as a canvas.”

The exhibition will be complemented by the vinyl market, where enthusiasts can sift through thousands of old records and even listen to them before they purchase. Then there are the DJs on opening night and the sound series, which will be held on May 29. It’s pretty much a must for anyone who likes music and art, and of course that should be all of you.

Medium Vinyl opens on Friday and will continue through to June 12 at the gallery on 263 Enmore Road, Enmore.


words: Seema Duggal

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