Illoshow 3: Remix is a showcase of album art re-imagined by local artists, designers, and illustrators. Curated by local illustrator and designer James O’Brien, Illoshow 3: Remix provides an unexpected take on both iconic and obscure album art seen through the lens of various Twin Cities artists. Each participant was asked to choose an album as a starting point, and was given the option to use the existing artwork in their concept or to change it completely.
Why did you choose this record?
I liked the graphic on the cover of this record, how the photo sat within a circle and was bisected into sections. I thought it'd make for an interesting way to execute the challenge by painting two of the sections so that it goes photo-painting-photo-painting.
You and Aaron both chose albums with a canyon theme. Were you planning on doing similar work/a series together when you started, or did you come across these albums and then make that decision?
This was purely by chance! We were browsing through hundreds of records, and we each pulled records we thought had potential. As we were talking through our pulls, we both had a record with a canyon image and decided to explore those ones, but we didn't fully recognize the similarity in the moment. I feel like our brains are often on the same wavelength, so!
Is this your typical art style or are you doing something different?
I'd say I have done work kind of similar to this before, but no I wouldn't necessarily call it my typical art style. I really wanted to follow the landscape of the canyon, just in a more graphic way.
What did you find most enjoyable when you were working on this piece?
I loved the color palette of the photo on this record so I decided to maintain that as I painted.
Did you listen to this album for inspiration?
Actually I did not, and I really wish I had! When I pulled this record and read the info on the back, I was so excitedly curious about it. The artist brought musicians down into the canyon to try and record the "spirit" of the canyon, which sounds amazing to me! Like such a great and weird idea and I loved that. So I still want to give it a listen.
What did you find challenging about reinterpreting an existing piece of art?
My main challenge was more technical. I used painter's tape to create clean paint lines to keep the four sections separate, but then I couldn't see the way the landscape changed between the painted and not painted sections, of course. I liked the idea that the image would still remain a cohesive, singular image, just that it changed mediums between photo and paint. So I had to make minor adjustments to the paintings after I peeled back the tape to maintain flow.
What did you learn in doing this project?
I learned that there is always a new way to look at something.
What is your relationship to vinyl as a music format?
We definitely have records and a couple record players in our home!
What have you been listening to lately?
I've been listening to Porches non-stop for a while now. Also, Now Now is completely amazing, and then I really like chill, yoga music when I need to relax.