Following in the footsteps of renowned artists Fred Tomaselli and Robin Rhode in creating Prospect New Olerans’ third Artist Edition is itself something of a challenge. With his new edition, Aloft, Prospect.1 artist Paul Villinski has collaborated directly with Prospect founder Dan Cameron to create twenty unique works that provide a glimpse of the specifics of identity that attach themselves to the record collection of a person who grew up in the U.S. during the 1960s and 70s.
Each work in the edition incorporates three 12-inch albums and singles, nearly all selected by Cameron from his collection (which started in 1968 with the $3.67 acquisition of Pink Floyd’s double-record set Ummagumma at a W.T. Grant’s department store in upstate NY), and their original packaging. The transformed recordings range from rock stalwarts The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie, to more obscure artists like Meg Christian, The Shadows, Hot Chocolate, Steve Kuhn, and 1980s East Village bands Live Skull and Saqqara Dogs.
Each edition consists of three vinyl birds in flight, cut out from the vinyl with the label showing, and a box constructed from the three cardboard jackets. Uniquely self-contained, a single work can be displayed as a 4-part sculpture, or with one or more birds by themselves on the wall. It can also be easily stored away for later use.