December 29, 2011 Leave a comment
AA Records is a noise record label from Detroit. A collaborative project initiated in 2005 by multimedia artists Alivia Zivich and Nate Young. They present non-traditional forms of sound and visual art through alternate economic models of art production and exhibition. AA records does this in part through their operation as a small imprint offering editions of hand-made objects at reasonable prices.
All photo installations by Jossi Bieber
AA Records show at Exilo Studio was scheduled for the weekend after Thanksgiving, known in the US to be the biggest shopping weekend of the year. With a department store in mind, AA records continue to work with sheets as a large format of choice for wall-scale graphics of blankly staring faces. To these were add intricate digital drawings of hot dog characters printed on blankets, one ebullient, the other a skeptical smoker. Ceramics by Crystal Palmer are middle fingers poking up from clouds, bursting forth from black confetti and lava rock.
In the alternate room projections bend space and a head shoppe vibe pervades, the synesthetic conditions suggest shifting states of perception. Home-wares move beyond the familiar when covering hidden shapes or covered in anthropomorphic figures, hinting at a narrative. The story progresses when a purchase is made, the characters finding their real context in the buyer’s home.