Tom Hingston and Paul Smith showcase the art of the record sleeve
After two decades of working at the crossroads of music, art and design, Tom Hingston has built up an enviable client list that includes the likes of Grace Jones, The Rolling Stones and Massive Attack though his creative studio. As a good friend of Hingston and a fellow music lover, Paul Smith offers his No. 9 Albemarle Street shop as the venue for this special retrospective show of Hingston Studio’s music work.
At the heart of ‘Progress’ are sixteen record sleeves from Hingston Studio’s back catalogue, which have been transformed into one-off lenticular artworks.
Creating these lenticular images was a complex and lengthy process. First the original artwork had to be digitally remodeled, then the lenticular image was built up in layers to draw out a specific feature of each image.
"You can use the lenticular process to bring different qualities to each image", explained Hingston. Some have three-dimensional depth, while others animate and spring to life as you move around them.
Hingston specifically selected this lenticular format to highlight the changing relationship between image and viewer at a time when the phone screen is often the place where imagery is first seen.
These one-off lenticular artworks are available to buy from No. 9 Albemarle Street, with the profits from each sale going directly to Teenage Cancer Trust.
Although the lenticular artworks are the most eye-catching element of the exhibition, visitors can also see 4 specially curated cabinets that contain vinyl, stickers, posters and other creative curiosities from Hingston Studio’s music archive.
In addition to the exhibition, Paul Smith and Tom Hingston have collaborated on a series of limited edition products that go beyond the standard conception of band merchandise.
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