Record Release (12-inch)
(2012 – )
The raw material to make vinyl records comes in vinyl pellets, lentil-sized bits of petroleum product that are easily transportable before they get melted and stamped with grooves of sound. The pellets were loaded on a scale until it reached 180 grams, which is the weight of audiophile vinyl (as opposed to 120 grams which is the standard weight of records). One by one the pellets will be either sold, gifted, or placed in a public space. Each transaction will be documented and paired with a photograph of the pellets arranged in the form of a 12″ record which will be correspondingly diminished by one. The record will have been released when the last pellet will have been sold, gifted, or placed. In the meantime, it is simply in the process of releasing.
An individual can only receive one pellet as a gift but may purchase more than one. Purchasers may reserve particular numbers, if not, they will simply have the next number in the sequence. The person receiving the pellet may remain anonymous or use initials if that is their preference.
Each person receives an info card and a certificate of ownership along with each pellet that is received or purchased, see bottom of this page for images of the cards.
The price for each pellet is one dollar. If you are interested in purchasing one by mail please contact me for details.
The first version of Record Release in 1995 (see link above) simply poured the pellets on a floor in one instance, or in the other, placed them in a kind of makeshift gravel-like entrance way so that they would spread into the gallery by the footsteps of the visitors. Seventeen years later, this second Record Release becomes a more patient exercise, more imperceptible, yet obviously larger (or at least longer) in scope.
The updates in counts of pellets released below might not always be matched by the same number of image documentation. It takes some time to process the images and put them online, so the count updates tend to be up to date than the images. For the most part, the images are arranged in chronological order.