Canadian Singles 24” square print ($60 CAD)
There’s a subgenre of my work that I call “collecting things and putting them in grids,” and in this case the “things” are 99 Canadian 45 RPM record labels made between the years 1955 and 1975, all collected by fanatic record collector Sam Shulman. We selected them together with an eye for geographic diversity (almost every city in Canada is represented here), aesthetic merits (the Apex Records logo makes our knees weak), and our very subjective ears (to hear the Haunted’s “1-2-5” is divine), and then I retouched and arranged these beauties in a way that let them sing. Genres include garage, psych, soul, R&B and pop. Some standouts: Jackie Shane, the Lords, the Shondels, Wes Dakus, Alberta Slim, the Hawks, the Young Society, Susan & Terry Jacks, Barry Allen, the Great Scots, etc . For more information on Sam’s collection, visit him on Instagram and hear him walk through Canada’s ‘60s garage scene right here. Dimensions include a half-inch margin. Printed in an open edition, signed and dated on reverse.