Secret 7s – the charity record fair that gives music fans the chance to pick up a unique 7″ vinyl artwork by a world-famous artist, designer or unknown upstart returned again this year – culminating in a hugely impressive exhibition and the sale of all singles going direct to War Child. Seven hundred one-of-a-kind record covers were created for this year’s event, by a choice line up of names including Sir Paul Smith, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Fred Deakin, Dan Tobin Smith and Big Active. Contributors were invited to create an artwork inspired by a song – and each record offered for sale for £45 on Record Store Day. Buyers don’t actually know who’s created the sleeve or which song they’ve purchased until they’ve handed over their money. This years songs were: Black Sabbath, Age Of Reason; Elbow, Grounds For Divorce; Jake Bugg, Strange Creatures; Lorde, Team; Massive Attack, Karmacoma; Roxy Music, Virginia Plain; and T-Rex, Get It On.
The sleeves by Big Active artists are revealed here….
Matt Furie was invited by Darren Aronofsky to be part of an exhibition to accompany the film director’s latest movie, Noah. Alongside FAILE, James Jean, and other artists, Matt created Animal Planet (above) for the exhibition, which launched in New York and is currently touring the United States. As Aronofsky explains, ‘I was curious what other minds would come up with if they tried to represent the original (Noah’s ark) story. So I decided to reach out to my favorite artists and ask each of them to return to Genesis and create something in his or her own medium. The response was overwhelming.’
Big Active Creative Director and lifelong MJ fan, Mat Maitland, has created the cover for the new Michael Jackson album ‘Xscape’. Mat explains, “I really wanted to create an image of Michael that felt current, like a brand new album, rather than something that felt retrospective and it was important to me to evoke his magic and otherworldly presence.” The album, containing 8 previously unreleased songs produced by the likes of Timbaland and Stargate, is out on May 13. See more
From spending his art classes at school creating fantasy record covers for Prince, Big Active Design’s Mat Maitland achieved his life long dream of designing the real thing for his new single Fallinlove2nite. The cover features an image created by Mat in his signature collage style. Welcome to the Dream Factory.
Anthony Burrill has just released a limited edition nine-colour screenprint with Jealous Gallery. The print is Anthony’s most ambitious to date, using half-tones, colour merges and fluorescent inks. To coincide with the release, Anthony reposted the original 2006 animation that inspired the print, Michelle Plays Ping Pong. It was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and has generated 150,000 views in a week.
Andy Rementer has created the cover for the latest issue of Juxtapoz, the contemporary and underground art magazine. The magazine also features an in-depth interview with Andy, where he discusses storytelling, human bodies with animal heads, and people-watching. Out now.
Reaching its conclusion this week is Jody Barton’s latest solo show ‘Manic Defence & The Free Library’. In two parts, ‘Manic Defence’, features 41 original works for sale at €100 each, while ‘The Free Library’ exists online, comprising total digitisation of 15 of Jody’s hand-drawn books from the last 10 years. We would suggest starting with I Hate Dolphins or Bad Girlfriend.
The exhibition runs until 21st February at Antonio De Luca Studio, Berlin. The prints are also available online.
Kate Gibb recently completed an editorial commission for FT Magazine, the glossy weekend supplement of the Financial Times. Kate’s silkscreen prints accompany an article about the foundation and rise of music identification app Shazam. The entire article and images are available to view on the FT website.
Dutch artist Letman is the feature of a short film by Italian tailor Canali. Through the creation of eighty original pieces, one for every year of Canali’s existence, Letman demonstrates the skill and craft behind his hand-lettering. The film, titled ‘Contours’, offers a rare close-up on Letman’s brush and ink process, and concludes with a reveal of the entire set of images.
We are pleased to announce that our sleeve for White Lies ‘Big T.V.’ has been voted winner of Art Vinyl’s annual prize showcasing the best album artwork of the year. Big Active Design worked closely with the band and painter Michael Kagan to create the winning sleeve. The nominees and winners are on display at the Malmaison hotel in London, Oxford and Birmingham until the end of January.