Graham Moore is a graphic designer, teacher at FIDM, Art Center and Woodbury University, and artist. He said he visits Amoeba Hollywood weekly to purchase bargain bin vinyl for his art, which involves collage technique to reconfigure old LP covers — some famous, some forgotten — into the creations currently seen hanging in the Ivar St. window of Amoeba Hollywood. I spoke with Moore a bit about how he creates his pieces.
|The Beatles' Abbey Road reimagined|
PST: Did you find all the records you used at Amoeba? Were you looking for specific titles or was it more about the way they looked? What records did you end up using?
Moore: I would say that a good portion of them came from Amoeba (hurrah for the $1 vinyl sections), but I am also constantly scouring thrift stores, estate sales, yard sales, swap meets, etc. and even have friends find stuff for me when they are traveling or working in different parts of the country! I never look for specific titles, it’s more about the colors, shapes, textures and typography and having a vision as to how I can re-interpret the imagery!
PST: Tell me about the process you use to alter the covers.
Moore: My process is employing techniques that I use and teach in my design classes, techniques I learnt in art school applying the basic elements and principles of design and the technique of collage! My design guidelines are making my collages fit a square format, which ties in with the formats of vinyl packaging.
PST: What else did you use besides album covers?
Moore: I pretty much use all of the items associated with music packaging, i.e. inner sleeves from albums, the paper sleeves used to protect 7”singles, cassette covers, etc.
There is so much material out there to apply these techniques to, vintage bookcovers and printed ephemera being a few! I will often find a cool vintage frame and design a piece to fit that frame.
PST: Some of the albums are pretty recognizable while others are pretty obscure (or obscured). I was curious about the one below the B-52’s cover, with the color bars zigzagging across it. Can you tell me a bit about that piece, what the original cover was and why (and how) you altered it in the way you did?
Moore: The piece with diagonals is one of many I have done where I take multiple pieces of color/texture/imagery and mix them to produce connecting pieces. The one in the window is one of four panels! The individual pieces are taken from many various covers, covers that you would never normally notice or look at, but for me are perfect ammunition for my collages! Sometimes I only get a few pieces from a whole cover that I can re-use!
PST: What are some of your design inspirations?
Moore: My design inspirations are very varied and would take forever to tell you, but to cut a very long list short, I’m very inspired by all the graphic designers/artists who designed album covers from the 1950s-1960s, American popular culture and the Pop Art movement, American and British!
PST: Can people purchase your work anywhere?
Moore: At this present time I have 11 original pieces on show in the FIDM museum shop downtown, and I will be having an upcoming solo show of all my collage work in March!