burn carved vintage records by scott marr
burn carved vintage records by scott marr burn carved vintage records by scott marr
feb 15, 2012

burn carved vintage records by scott marr

‘records time’ by scott marr carved record and ochre 25cm all images courtesy the artist

australian artist scott marr has developed a collection of carved records. each discarded vinyl has been altered by the artist’s preferred method of carving by burn-markings with a hot poker, known as pyrography. each of the 78’s, manufactured in the early 1900’s to play sounds such as walter r. rogers and his band’s rendition of ‘king cotton march’ have been repurposed as visually communicative objects. the precise movements of marr’s carving results in an assemblage of disks depicting antiquated technology as something which both remains frozen in the era from which it was created, while also melding into an object with less purpose and more appreciative of natural components such as fire, bones and time.

‘what do you do when you have a whole heap of scratched up 78’s? you carve in new information, and hope that the people understand.‘ -scott marr

burn carved vintage records by scott marr ‘records dark matter’ carved record 25cm

burn carved vintage records by scott marr ‘records fire’ carved record and ochres 25cm

burn carved vintage records by scott marr ‘records bones’ carved record and ochre 25cm

burn carved vintage records by scott marr ‘records strings’ carved record and ochre 25cm

burn carved vintage records by scott marr ‘records revert to time’ carved record and ochre 25cm

  • fantastic…as a vinyl collector I am glad to see this lovely repurposing.

    Dennis says:
  • if they are unplayable it makes sense though.

    steve says:
  • I\’ve got (plenty of) vinyl in my collection, with carvings on one side and music at the other;
    there are some rather nice ones inbetween … but not as original as these…

    Freaking Wildchild says:

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