Run For Cover

Spruill Art Gallery, 2010

Album covers are a vital part of the visual landscape. As cultural artifacts they serve as a mirror to the society that gave rise to them, promoted them to mythic status and then re-engineered them as changes in technology rendered the LP all but obsolete. In them one can observe and track not only musical trends, genres, styles and history, but design and artistic trends, technological advancements in the printing industry, the rise of photography and typography and changes in societal attitudes, behaviors and cultural norms. These iconic images are in embedded in our memories. They are repositories of emotion and history, both public and intimate, legacies of music and meaning. Most people cannot name many works of art but can reel off a list of memorable album covers.