Pressing Matters has opened at London’s MatchesFashion complex. Showcased here are 33 artists using trial records as the basis for their artwork.
The practice of sending signal prints of future vinyl records is especially common in the UK. This is a signal copy of the future vinyl, but made of acetate plastic, which is sent to the authors of the album before the print run. The sound quality of such a disc is not high, but it is valued as a collector’s item. The information on the white “apple”, as a rule, is written by hand – this further increases the value of such a test pressing.
The exhibition was curated by the Pavement Licker underground art community. Members include Jeremy Deller, Larry Achiampong, Ralph Steadman, Gavin Turk, Joy Yamusangie, David Shrigley and Alex May Hughes.
This time around, signal copies from musicians including Sonic Youth, Róisín Murphy, Michael Kiwanuka and Bicep served as the basis for the works of modern conceptual art.
Along with the exhibition, an online auction is held to raise money for musicians and music industry workers suffering from mental disabilities and addictions.