Records Reimagined



An exhibit of reimagined album cover art at CD Central

June 8 – July 8, 2012

With the renewal of interest in the vinyl LP format, there is a new-found appreciation for the artistry of record covers.  The large 12×12 format has historically been a vehicle for artistic expression in a way that isn’t possible on a CD, and certainly not on a download.
RECORDS REIMAGINED will take this a step further.  The show will focus on how an existing album cover can be used as a canvas that can be remixed, reinterpreted or recreated to express something different from what the original designer had in mind, either subtly altering it or giving it completely new meaning.

Call for Artists!
All artists interested in participating in RECORDS REIMAGINED should contact us by March 30.  We will notify artists of acceptance in the show by April 6.  Artists must be 18 or older.

As far as methods and media, almost anything goes – album covers can be painted, collaged, screen-printed or graffitied over, embellished, entirely redrawn in a different style, or what have you.  The original album cover can be famous or obscure.  The only stipulation is that the finished work must retain the standard 12×12 LP image area (excluding frame) and must be ready to be hung on the wall or displayed on a narrow record store shelf.  If you want to do a 12×24 gatefold album cover that’s ok too.  If desired, we can provide a standard black metal LP frame at no charge.

We need to have all competed artwork in our hands by May 31.  We plan to promote the show extensively both in print and online, so any art we receive early may be used in our publicity materials.

The show will open with a party the evening of Friday, June 8 at CD Central, 377 S. Limestone in Lexington.   We plan to have a DJ who will be spinning vinyl, of course!  The show will remain on display for a full month during normal store hours and will also be open during the June Gallery Hop.  CD Central will retain a 30% commission on all works sold.

Here’s what we need from participating artists by March 30 if possible:

Email and Phone
Short (one paragraph) artist bio
Artist/Title of the original record being used as the basis of your artwork (if known at this time)

Before submitting any artwork, or if you have any questions or thoughts, please contact Steve Baron at or 859-233-3472.  We look forward to your participation!

Here are a few links that might be of interest:

Image: “Bobby Guadalupe” by Melissa Legg-Bracken, Cincinnati. (From Bobby Gentry “Local Gentry”)