Located in the gallery known as The Safe Room upstairs at Texas Theatre, The Glacier Project is an endeavor from Amarillo artist Jon Revett, also known as Jon the Lion. The idea is to combine graphic and geometrical designs, mixing pop culture with spirituality. Revett started with album art from LP records—anything from Jerry Lee Lewis, Jane Fonda’s Workout, to Andy Gibb—and screen-printed Islamic tessellation patterns onto the covers.
The records hang from the walls, repurposed as a cohesive work of art, with the tessellation patterns unifying all of the sleeves. The patterns repeat over and over again, covering the field without any gaps or overlaps. The album covers become tiles of a mosaic. It’s great wallpaper for this unique little gallery.
But each record is for sale at twenty bucks each. As people buy records, the “iceberg” melts. One downfall of this exhibition is that many of the records are taped together vertically. This means that when someone wants a particular record towards the top, they tear it down and all the records below it end up piled up on the floor.
But nonetheless, this is a unique, thought-provoking exhibit. You may find yourself wondering if pop culture is devoid of spirituality. Or perhaps you simply see it as two worlds colliding. At any rate, Revett has combined album artwork and tessellations to create something unique. Twenty bucks is cheap for a piece of art and that is what we typically pay for records anyway. And yes, the actual records are in the covers.
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Jon Revett: The Glacier Project at The Safe Room runs through June 18.