Art exhibit includes pieces inspired by vintage record collections, closes Saturday

Bughouse flyerFrom bowls to wall clocks and earrings, there are various knick-knacks that people have started to make inspired by and using vinyl records. While the pieces are often considered cool and artistic, I can’t help but to cringe a little. The thought of any record being destroyed sounds inhumane. Luckily, a few days ago the Los Angeles Times‘ “Home” blog featured a vinyl-inspired art collection that I can get behind.

The article focused on coffee tables that were made to look like turntables. One of the tables was designed by an LA-based studio called Bughouse, and it just so happened to be that some of its other music-inspired pieces were part of an exhibit at Hollywood’s Peep Show Gallery. So of course I had to check it out.

The collection was part of the “Coping Mechanisms” show, which displayed work by both Bughouse founders Jeff Klarin and Rebecca Johnson. I was expecting some of the music-inspired pieces, which were credited to Klarin, to look dull because of the wooden materials, but on the contrary, most of them were quite captivating. The wood actually added to the antique look. I was also surprised by the enormity of some of the pieces, such as, “Giant Spines,” which was one of my favorite works. Made to look like a photograph, the piece consisted of four panels of a record collection that music fans could only imagine in their dreams. Some of the artists in the collection included Micheal Jackson, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and many others. According to the Web site, the piece was a faux photographic reproduction. I was really impressed by how some of the photographs transferred so well onto the wood. The stereo pieces had a cozy looked to them, which made me wish I could sit down and actually listen to the records.

The free exhibit closes on Saturday, April 9th so if you find the idea intriguing, go take a look for yourself. Peep Show Gallery is open every day from 8 p.m. to midnight and is located at 1621 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood. Photos from my visit follow the cut.

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