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Sonny Smith: 100 Records

Cinders Gallery
28 Marcy Avenue, 718-388-2311
August 12 - September 5, 2010
Reception: Thursday, August 12, 7 - 10 PM
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Cinders Gallery Presents 100 Records, an exhibition by Sonny Smith.

100 Records is the culmination of a massive year long project by artist and musician Sonny Smith, front man of the group Sonny & The Sunsets. Smith invited 100 artists to produce 100 7” record covers for fictional bands. Smith concocted the personas of these fictitious bands, then wrote and recorded one hundred songs to correspond with each 7” record. Recording with his band The Sunsets, as well as with members of notable bands such as the Sandwitches, Fresh N Only’s, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and the Kelley Stoltz Band, each record stands on its own as a solid piece of music and spans a wide range from pop, concept ideas, spoken word, instrumentals, surf, garage, folk and rock n roll.

The record covers recall the type of limited edition packaging that would make any good record collector sweat, as well as more out there interpretations of what a record cover can be. These hand drawn and painted covers will be on display in addition to a homemade custom built working jukebox loaded with all 100 songs that will play during the show. Some of the visual artists include Chris Johanson, Maya Hayuk, Brion Nuda Rosch, Paul Wackers, Ed Ruscha, Chris Duncan, Kyle Field, Laurent Impeduglia, Jeffrey Lewis, Esther Pearl Watson, Kyle Ranson, Reed Anderson, Harrell Fletcher, Jo Jackson, Joshua Abelow, Eric White, Alicia McCarthy, Kottie Polloma, Christine Shields, Erica Magrey, John Dwyer, Nathaniel Russell, Jim Long, and Mark Todd, Tucker Nichols, and many more.

A special live performance by Sonny Smith will kick off the opening at 7pm.

100 Records ‘Volume 1’, a limited edition of 40 box sets including reproductions of 12 of the art covers, with a CD of 16 original songs inside, will be available.
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