Last weekend the LA Beat visited the first exhibit at Warner Bros. Records featuring street artists, painters, graphic artists and the like, presenting their take on famous Warner Brothers artist’s album covers. Curated by Justin Van Hoy, Michael Nunez, and Norman Wonderly, included notable recording artists such as Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, and The Doors as well as a few unexpected entries such as Morris Day and Time and Deftones.
Most of the exhibit was comprised primarily of two-dimensional art with the stunning exception of a swan taking flight from the canvas to re-envision Depeche Mode’s Speak and Spell by Teja Ream. The Beat’s favorite street artist, Homo Riot, represented by painting their signature face makeup/tattoo on Morrissey of the Smiths. Other notable works were RISK re-envisioning the T-Rex album Electric Warrior, Gregory Siff re-envisioning Miles Davis’ Tutu, and Destroy all Design overlaying the pattern of Eddie Van Halen’s Guitar across MCMLXXXIV.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of will go towards Hollywood Arts. Prices were reasonable for original artwork, ranging from around $400 dollars for re-worked album covers of Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and the Doors. A re-envisioning of Black Sabbath is a steal at $250. High-end piece include Madonna at $3,200 and Electric Warrior at $2,200. The works may be viewed online at Warner Brother’s website.