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‘The Art of the Mixtape’ Horace Panter exhibition at the Proud Archivist

02 June 2015
Horace Panter, professional artist and bassist in the hugely successful 80’s band The Specials showcases his large-scale paintings and limited edition prints in a new exhibition at the Proud Archivist, London.

‘The Art of the Mixtape’ is a study of studio demo-cassettes, mixtapes and giant Walkmans, a celebration not only of the artifact itself but also the cultural and historical context of seminal albums and the recording studios in which they were made.

Horace recalls memories of recording demo tapes to mail to record companies, “demo-cassettes often contained the bare bones of songs that went on to become classic pop hits but they were essentially disposable things. I often used to tape over them, making my own mixtapes."

Horace refers to them as ‘repositories of memory’, referring to how they evoke a specific period of music history between the reel-to-reel tape and the compact disc and because music itself, even just a song title, can provoke a stirring of memory/nostalgia. The cassette was a revelation and a revolution. For the first time music became portable. It was small and it was immense.

From the archives of The Specials, Madness, The Jam and Bowie and later, hits from Blur, Pulp and Nirvana, the exhibition featuring images produced on paper, aluminium and Perspex using Metro’s Direct to Media printer and  follow the tradition of POP ART, awarding status to the humble cassette.

Additionally Horace has worked directly with Dr Marten producing an exclusive one-off pair of boots which will be raffled as part of the exhibition with proceeds donated to the Joe Strummer Foundation. Click here for information on how to win.
The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, London, N1 5ET

Exhibition dates: 19th May – 30th June 2015
Opening times: 8:00am – 10:30pm 7 days a week.

For information about the exhibition
For information about Horace Panter

Images © Horace Panter

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