Pete McKee - Thud, Crackle, Pop


Monday 17th March 2014

“This is my homage to vinyl and the glory of the 12” sleeve, to those making a living out of vinyl, those DJs and record shop owners who dedicate their lives to the black stuff and to us who buy and cherish it.” 

Sheffield artist Pete Mckee has announced plans of an upcoming pop-up exhibition in London, celebrating all things vinyl. On the inspiration for the new body of work, Pete McKee said:

“It's a celebration of all things vinyl. While music is audible, vinyl brings that physical quality to it. 

The whole process of playing vinyl is a performance, flicking through the racks, carefully pulling the disc from the sleeve and flipping to your preferred side, placing it on the turntable and gently lowering the arm on to the spinning black platter. Hearing the ‘thud’, ‘crackle’ and ‘pop’ before the track begins to play, sitting back with the sleeve admiring the artwork and reading the lyrics, it’s all part of the joy of vinyl.” 

As with other McKee projects, all of the subcultures, in all their wonderous diversity are represented. For a sneak preview of three of the paintings from the show, see below:

'A Design For Loving' (below)
The Best thing about discovering some wonderful music is sharing with the one you love

'Grand Master Dub' (below)
Toast the pioneers of innovation

'My Bad' (below)
The day man's best friend became a very bad boy

As part of the exhibition Pete McKee has also asked some well-known friends about their top ten albums of all time, including Paul Weller, Irvine Welsh and Mary Anne Hobbs. These contributions will form the basis of a huge painting of an 'all-star' record store. 

More details below, or head to where contributors already include fellow artist and Specials bassist, Horace Panter.

Thud, Crackle, Pop.
Friday 23 and Saturday 24 May.
10am-5pm each day.
37 Kingsway,
Free Entry 


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