Artist Carole J. McCoy, who was born in Louisiana but currently lives in Los Angeles, lives by an inspiring motto: “Creativity is the DNA of humanity. Just create.” That’s exactly what she did with her recent exhibit titled “Music Speaks!!!”
Carole was one of 45 artists who was asked by curator/artist Michael Massenburg to use 45’s (old vinyl records) as a medium for an art exhibit titled The 45 Show. The artists were given free range to use the records for one-of-a-kind designs that were to be featured at the Twenty Miles East Gallery in Pomona, California.
Why did Massenburg want the artists to use old records? He was sorting through his personal collection one day when he came across a pile of broken and cracked records. He couldn’t see himself throwing them all away, so he decided to give them to two of his artist friends to create art pieces. Thus, the inspiration for The 45 Show was born.
Carole’s piece, titled “Music Speaks!!!,” has a futuristic edge to it that combines history with technology. On The 45 Show website Carole says, “Creating art from vinyl records was not only an inspiring challenge, it put me in touch with music on a more meaningful level. Music has been the foreplay that seduces my muse to paint. I got to give something back to music, a tribute to where it derived from African drumbeats, and vinyl falls in the midst of its translation via iPod.”
However, one record that Carole wouldn’t cut up for her piece was Stevie Wonder’s LP. She says that he is her favorite, and she just couldn’t bring herself to do it.
The 45 Show exhibit opened on April 19 and ran until April 30. You can learn more about the show at The 45 Show website.