Once an album is complete, a test pressing of it is usually made on vinyl. These fragile and extremely rare copies are often kept by musicians as souvenirs, but for a new exhibition called Pressing Matters, 33 test pressings were sent to 33 artists, who were given free rein to use the vinyl and sleeve as a canvas. This week, an auction of their work will be launched and all proceeds will go to mental health charity Music Support.
When a vinyl record becomes an artist’s canvas
Kathryn Bromwich, The Guardian, May 15, 2021