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 later, hits from Blur
, 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.