Vinyl Art

Mail Art and Rock'n'Roll! This Group is for anyone who wants to create Mail Art out of old Vinyl records.

Location: Jukebox City
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Latest Activity: Dec 24, 2019

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Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by stripygoose Dec 19, 2015. 32 Replies

Bonjour! I intend to hold an Exhibition of Vinyl Art in the Spring of 2015. I don't have an exact date, but it will be around about Easter (end March/start April). I don't know exactly when, but I…Continue

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Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Dean aka Artist in Seine Mar 19, 2015. 10 Replies

At the time of writing (11 September) I have got 4 pieces of 12 inch Vinyl Art (well one is only 10 inches, but let's not worry about that) that I can put into the Exhibition.1. This is from Maria…Continue


Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Valentine Mark Herman Jan 12, 2015. 3 Replies

Bonjour!I now have the details of our Vinyl Art Exhibition, and they are as follows:Location: Médiathéque de Sigean, FranceDates: 10 - 18 April, 2015Vinyl must be received: before 3…Continue


Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Mercedes "La Marquesa" Apr 22, 2014. 1 Reply

This is now available on my web-site www.val-herman-art.euIt is in the PDF file in the section 'Vinyl Art', and then 'Description'*****(Explanatory note.I…Continue

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Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on April 17, 2014 at 5:49am

Heleen, I'm NOT suggesting for one minute that you destroy your favourite vinyl discs by painting them, turning them into clocks or anything else. Leave them alone! I'm sure that they are very happy in your wardrobe.

Somewhere I've written to Angie & Snooky that things that are very special to me -- like my vinyl collection, some of which I've had for 55+ years; or my favourite books, that I've moved around several countries and continents for 45+ years: or my stamp collection, that I've had since I was a child -- will NEVER be destroyed by me in the 'name' of Art.

BUT I sometimes buy a book or a comic or something at a vlooienmarkt, and think 'I could collage that'. Or I re-use ordinary old stamps from my duplicate collection or ones that I receive.

Concerning vinyl. Last Sunday I bought 20 French 45s for less than €3. I played some of them to see if they were any good and were worth keeping. Only one was -- the other 19 were terrible,  and I had no hesitations about turning them into Vinyl art.

There is all sorts of stuff that should defintely not be sacrificed for art, and some that deserves a second and different life. That's not being sacriligious -- in fact the process of re-creating them could be called religious, or quasi-religious.

Or...stop!...this is supposed to be about art, not theology

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on April 16, 2014 at 11:59pm

7" 45 tours I meant of course...

By the way, I can accept when people are using sleeves for art.... But the poor delicate Vinyl... Some more profane changes: 'useful objects',  a vinyl rally, clocks, LP's cut to create a sound wave... :-|

The only thing I think really worth is a Mail Art holder :-)

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on April 16, 2014 at 11:24pm

I have tens (have had hundreds) of LPs, 12" EPs and some 45" at home. (from Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells to the Comsat Angels and from the Virgin Prunes to Sonic Youth, and maybe even John Dowie [or was this on a cassette tape again?]).

I love them.
Even though they are gathering dust in a far edge of the wardrobe, accompanied by my good old record player..,

But... you want us to paint on them (or not), Val!?!
How can you?... How can we...?... Putting Paint on my LPs... that's sacrilegious!...

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on April 16, 2014 at 8:07pm

Here are my first Vinyle Art efforts (all on 45s):

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on April 16, 2014 at 8:05pm

"But I wanna use CDs and DVDs, Val. Can I join your Group?"

Yes, but....

You need to be aware of this VAGW (Vinyl Art Group Warning):

"This Group is about VINYL ART, and only VINYL ART. It is NOT about CD art, DVD art or anything else. If you try and 'smuggle' non-Vinyl art into this Group, you will be thrown out of the Group."

“You don't really mean that, Val?”

“I most certainly do!

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on April 16, 2014 at 8:01pm

"So, what's your new Group all about Val?"

I suspect that many of you, like me, have somewhere in your house/garage/attic a collection of old Vinyl records that you have probably not played for a long, long time, but nonetheless have some sentimental value for you – and that is why you have kept them all these years while the music industry and music-playing technology have changed so much. If you haven't got any Vinyl records, you can still join the Group as Vinyl records are relatively easy to find (cf 35mm photographic 'arty' slides) and they can be bought very cheaply in flea markets, junk shops, etc. (I bought 20 last weekend for less than €3/$2)

Iscattered around the house are about 1000 45s, 800 LPs -- as well as 750 cassettes, but there's a different story there – but NO CDs, DVDs or any sort of digital music. I've always wanted a jukebox, and if I could find a good one locally, plus someone to maintain it, I would buy it like a shot. I have all the records for a great jukebox party, but, sadly, no jukebox!

I'm discovering that Vinyl records have great art potential, and have recently started a series of art works on old Vinyl 7 inch 45 rpm and 12 inch 33 rpm records. Some of my first works on 45s are below.

Vinyl records provide lots of artistic possibilities that I will be exploring, such as:

  • using the A and/or B side of the records

  • painting, collaging, assemblaging, or whatever, the record

  • using the record sleeve cover, or not

  • following the track lines (of EPs and LPs), or not

  • incorporating the record label into the art work, or not

  • incorporating information about the title, the artist, the record company, or whatever, into the art work, or not

  • using the centre hole, which could be large if it is a juke-box or European 45, or not

  • sending a record through the post. (I have done successfully done this with a 45 to an address in France, and it worked – both with and without a sleeve cover)

Comment by Petrolpetal on April 16, 2014 at 7:40pm
Excellent idea! There are some at the local charity shop I frequent...

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