JOGGIE/JOCKEY – Last Year a DJ Saved My Life
A new solo exhibition by Alex Hamilton
In the bleak opening line of the July 1969 release of the one-hit-wonder song In the year 2525 by Zager and Evans, it asks the poignant question ”if man is still alive?” and goes on to predict the distant future in a serious of blatantly bizarre scenarios.
Never before, in the lifespan of this song, exactly one month younger than myself, has it been more relevant than in the early months of 2020’s Covid-19 pandemic chaos.
Everyone I know panicked in their own way; from anger to despair and a whole lot of uncertainty mixed in, the reality of man’s demise was never more palpable. Everyone also coped in their own respective ways. Some baked, some wrote, and some switched onto social media while others avoided it like the plague, or at least tried to.
I turned to music.
Music has always played a very important part in my creative process, but it has also been my therapy, my escape, my emotional well-being and my pure joy. Trapped in a very small apartment during the first few months of lockdown I turned to Spotify and made a few hundred different playlists within the first few weeks. In this process I dove headfirst into finding some of the most obscure hits from all eras and new genres of music I had never even heard of before. It worked and occupied my curiosity, it gave me a sense of adventurous research and often kept me from fretting about reality.
I used music to cope and stay at home safely and it aided me in dealing with the challenges. Luckily a fabulous soundtrack now accompanied all the problems and worries.
This exhibition is therefore a thank-you-tribute-exhibition to celebrate and acknowledge the absolute power of song, the extraordinary musicians who create this wonder and most prominently the albums they made to tell complete and complex stories.
It is also a celebration of the by now almost extinct art of Album Covers which played such an important role in my early visual language development.
As a long-time collector, admirer of and complete album art enthusiast I had the great pleasure to create my very own album art in 2018 when I designed the cover for one of my favourite bands ever. Can’t Stop by Freshlyground was a complete dream come true, and I am including a stencil artwork of this album to acknowledge the importance it played in my career and aspiration as a pop artist.
The exhibition will consist of three parts:
Firstly, a new series of stencil artworks of all of my favourite and iconic Album Covers, secondly, a few paintings reinterpreting a selection of these covers and thirdly a selection of Cast and Crew Portraits that started in 2008.
All the editions are variable. Editions and combination works may be ordered as well, enquire with the gallery for more information.