Rutherford Chang

We Buy White Albums (2013)

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Limited edition of 800.

Created by layering 100 unique copies of The Beatles' White Album, this 96 minute double-LP captures how every copy of the iconic album has been distinctly shaped by its history, both visually and sonically. The 45 year-old albums, with scratches and physical imperfections accumulated with age, all play slightly differently, causing the 100 layers to gradually drift out of sync over the course of each side.

The gatefold cover and disc labels are composites of the weathered and graffitied originals. Also included is a 24 x 24 inch poster insert featuring images of the individual covers.

This album was made from an ongoing collection of over 1,500 numbered pressings of The White Album.

Rutherford Chang is a conceptual artist who was born in Houston and currently lives and works in New York and Shanghai. He received a BA from Wesleyan University in 2002. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including White Space in Beijing, Brown Gallery in London, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. His work uses systematic processes to collect, organize, and re-arrange cultural products to further explore their original nature. Chang's most recent exhibition, We Buy White Albums, is located at Recess gallery in New York, NY and has been featured in many publications, including Dust & Grooves and The New York Times.

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