NEVER RECORDS opens at former TOWER RECORDS
Never Records, a multi-media, multi-artist installation, composed by artist/musician Ted Riederer, will open in the former Tower Records store on Broadway and West 4th Street at 7pm on January 15th, 2010.
Dec 23, 2010
For Immediate Release, December 23, 2010, New York… Artist and musician Ted Riederer composes a trompe l’oeil exhibition celebrating the social and artistic impact of record stores as he brings his fictitious Never Records to the empty space that once housed the iconic Tower Records store.
Part of No Longer Empty’s larger show “Never Can Say Goodbye”, Never Records is constructed to resemble a functioning record store, including record bins, end caps, a cash register, poster racks, large reproductions of fictitious album covers, a stage for in store appearances, and even a sculpture of a record store employee.
Part Max Ernst and part Hi-Fidelity, there are over 30 artists, musicians, art movements, record stores, and record labels participating in the Never Records installation, featuring: Exene Cervenka, Josh Azzarella, Stephanie Syjuko, Josh Shaddock, Dario Robletto, Richard Hambleton, Nick Brooks, Jake Berthot, Jason Farrell, Damon Locks, Jeff Beebe, Marylin Minter, Olaf Bruening, Bob Gruen, Arturo Vega, Cleopatra’s, Asian Man Records, Yesterday and Today Records, and Dee Dee Ramone.
With an emphasis on the community that music creates, there are indirect collaborations, such as artist Ryan Sullivan’s graphic images contained within a poster rack, which are based on albums and bands that Sullivan feels inspired by, and James Rubio’s creation of a stage which bands will use during the exhibition’s opening. On opening night, Brent Birnbaum will transform himself into Vanilla Ice and sign 8 x 10 reproductions of a Tom Sanford portrait as “Ice Ice Maybe”.
Performances and participation from art groups, record labels, and musicians such as ((audience)), Sacred Bones Records, Asian Man Records, Academy Records, and The Antagonist Movement will demonstrate the social scenes built around music and art through their collective art projects and varied performances.
No Longer Empty is sponsoring Never Records, and has a mission of introducing art to a wider public by temporarily transforming vacant storefronts. Contact NLE: firstname.lastname@example.org. All questions about Never Records can be sent to email@example.com.