specific object / david platzker
Jack Goldstein: A suite of nine 45 rpm 7-inch records with sound effects.
an exhibition to be held at Specific Object
April 27 - June 1, 2012
Specific Object / David Platzker is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Jack Goldstein: A suite of nine 45 rpm 7-inch records with sound effects
. The exhibition will be on view at Specific Object from April 27 - June 1, 2012.
In 1976 artist Jack Goldstein began producing a series of audio works on vinyl records, the first of which was a suite of nine 45 rpm 7-inch records with sound effects. The 45s were paired with titles suggestive of their audio content and pressed in colored vinyl visually related to the sounds and their titles. The suite of nine consists of the following elements:
A German Shepard
, on red vinyl
A Swim Against the Tide
, on blue vinyl
A Faster Run
, on orange vinyl
, on purple vinyl
Two Wrestling Cats
, on yellow vinyl
Three Felled Trees
, on green vinyl
The Lost Ocean Liner
, on black vinyl
The Burning Forest
, on marbled red and white vinyl
The Dying Wind
, on clear vinyl
The sounds in Jack's records were images he had wanted to make into films. The physical presence and color of each record was important. A sound recording of a tornado was rendered in purple vinyl, for example, since he observed that purple was the color of tornadoes when photographed. [Matt] Mullican remembers a visit he and Jack made to a Jannis Kounellis show at Sonnabend Gallery in 1974. The white cube had been painted bright yellow, and a real black horse stood against the wall. Jack was struck by Kounellis's objectification of the horse, which echoed his own concern with controlling animals and natural forces in pared-down, objectified images, as he did in films such as Shane, 1976, in which a German shepherd, set against an uninflected black background, barked repeatedly on command.
-- "Vanishing Act: Chrissie Iles on Jack Goldstein," Artforum, May 2003
Issued in a signed and numbered edition of 100, though more often distributed as individual unsigned and unnumbered records rather than as a complete set, Goldstein's suite is an evocative grouping that foreshadowed the artist's atmospheric paintings and 16mm films.
The presentation at Specific Object features a framed, signed and numbered set, complete with original printed sleeves. Price on request.
Audio from this exhibition can be found online at:
A list of supporting books about Jack Goldstein can be found on Specific Object's website by clicking
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