Cover Versions By Roger Woodiwiss
Cover Versions began with my own album collection subsequently enhanced
with charity shop acquisitions and therefore by default tends to reflect my
own musical tastes. In reproduction the images are well on their way back to
becoming album covers. Beyond the self-evident neo-pop element to the work,
the pictures fall in the tradition of small, although not miniature, European
The series to a degree monumentalises the album cover, therefore inevitably
in a sense, the LP itself; the fact that there is now a certain distance in time
from its period of market dominance, allows this to happen; in this sense it fits
with other parts of my work that seek to make something permanent from the
generally unconsidered products of the flow of contemporary imagery - a wish
to preserve the ephemeral, to pin it down. It is a celebration of the particularity
of the phenomenon and its time, so it also in a sense memorialises, 'makes a
record of', the covers, the designers and the people who made the music.
This memorial quality coupled with a restrained or sober painting technique
counters the sometimes lurid or brash character of the subject creating a
counterbalance to its inevitable Pop Art references. There are various ways
the paintings contradict the sleek photographic printed sheen of album covers;
the blocky stretchers give an object quality, the edges being considered part
of each painting; the use of a chunky loose weave canvas makes it difficult, a
struggle sometimes to render the smaller, more detailed elements especially
the typography; there is a conscious use of heavy body acrylic so that the brush
marks are evident and a physical textured surface built up.
Roger Woodiwiss is an artist based in Bedford. He produces works in a variety of media;
painting, drawing, photography, digital print and text pieces. Not concerned with an
individual ‘signature style’ and questioning notions of authenticity, he likes to work with
readymade imagery often commonplace, sometimes banal. He is interested in making
single things from multiples and with reclaiming things from the past and re-making
them in the present. These diverse activities are brought together under the heading
of‘398 Productions Unlimited’. To see more of his work please visit his website at: http://
www.398productions.co.uk/ Tel: 07530611320. The paintings are for sale.
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