20 October – 13 November 2011
BIG & SMALL: from Billboards to Downloads
Storm Thorgerson’s massive exhibition
at Idea Generation, 11 Chance Street, London E2 7JB
From billboards and bus-sides, to digital downloads and postage stamps, BIG & SMALL will illustrate the vast diversity of formats now facing music designers.
Storm Thorgerson started Hipgnosis with Aubrey Powell in the late 60s and produced covers for bands including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Genesis and 10CC. As StormStudios with Peter Curzon he began working with The Cranberries, Catherine Wheel, Muse, The Mars Volta, Ian Dury and Biffy Clyro, to name but a few. Despite, as he puts it, his advanced years, a difficult disposition and being somewhat unloved by record companies, Storm continues to work prolifically. He remains one of the most sought after music art designers in the world.
This new exhibition will include interactive installations that allow members of the public to make and take their own versions of certain album covers, echoing an underlying principle of music which encourages people to make their own interpretations and draw differing conclusions. Much of Storm’s work is of filmic quality and epic proportions with complex, idea-driven themes, a use of dream-like landscapes, humour and contrariness.
The show features enormous high-quality fine art prints that, at 5 foot square, are by far the biggest Storm and StormStudios have ever attempted. These giant works will feature some of Storm’s most famous album covers including those for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Muse and The Mars Volta. BIG & SMALL will also display more conventionally-sized prints of recent work including images for Pendulum, The Wombats, Younger Brothers as well as Black Sabbath, Peter Gabriel, and The Steve Miller Band.
At intervals across the three weeks of the exhibition, Storm will lead a series of live, interactive events, allowing members of the audience to share an immersive, memorable experience.
StormStudios is Peter Curzon, Dan Abbott, Rupert Truman, Lee Baker, Jerry Sweet, Laura Truman and Storm Thorgerson.
Hipgnosis was Aubrey Powell, Peter Christopherson, Storm Thorgerson, and occasionally George Hardie.