13 may 2009
Included are images for bands such as Led Zeppelin, Muse, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, The Mars Volta, The Cranberries, Biffy Clyro, 10cc, Ian Dury, Offspring, Yes – and many others.
This latest selection of the work of Storm Thorgerson comprises fine art prints, either silkscreen or giclée, as big and bold as the music they seek to represent.
In the digital age of downloads and ipods, album covers have been relegated in size and relevance, may be facing extinction.
The prints are derived from original artworks, unencumbered by logos, legal lines, or cat numbers. They are severely limited in number and are all signed by the artist.
Quotes by the artist:
“I don’t think about the work in general terms. I’m too preoccupied at any one time with thinking about specific projects. But since you ask, I can say what the principal issues in designing album covers are:
* crossing the durational bridge (music is sequential, note after note, visual design is all present at the same time);
* provoking a second glance – inviting the viewer to look again as she/he might listen again (perpetrated ambiguity);
* reflecting the scale: music is large, covers are small, and getting smaller, but ideas and stories can be big despite being presented in small format;
* and hinting – not saying something too specific, because music means different things to different folk.
I see our job principally as translators, translating an audio event (the album) into a visual event (the cover).”
– Storm Thorgerson
13 may 2009