Record Room: The Way We Were

Pam Brabants

June 3 – 29 2019

What began as an experiment more than two years ago, Brabants started collecting old record albums from op-shops around the country, specifically for their covers. By combining pencil text with drawing and reductive collage, she transforms the album covers into artworks.  In this particular exhibition entitled Record Room: The Way We Were, Brabants lets us into her process before her interventions, and shows us a small portion of her untouched burgeoning collection of covers. She invites us to see repeated themes in the way that women and men were portrayed between the 1950’s to the early 1980’s.  From the lens of today they appear at first kitsch, even humorous and act as a kind of social commentary. With this in mind she asks us, how far have we come?

What began as an experiment more than two years ago, Brabants started collecting old record albums from op-shops around the country, specifically for their covers. By combining pencil text with drawing and reductive collage, she transforms the album covers into artworks.

In this particular exhibition entitled Record Room: The Way We Were, Brabants lets us into her process before her interventions, and shows us a small portion of her untouched burgeoning collection of covers. She invites us to see repeated themes in the way that women and men were portrayed between the 1950’s to the early 1980’s.

From the lens of today they appear at first kitsch, even humorous and act as a kind of social commentary. With this in mind she asks us, how far have we come?

Found record covers

Found record covers

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