Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Roman Opalka | 1965 / 1-∞

Roman Opalka
1965 / 1-∞
Berlin, Germany: Edition René Block, 1977
12" vinyl LP
Edition of 400

Opalka contributes the cover artwork, liner notes, and the sole voice heard on the recording. Parallel to his panted canvases, which count from one to infinity, the artist speaks the number out loud for a pair of microphones. The disk - hard to come by in good condition - features a gatefold sleeve and one track per side: the twenty-two minute "Detail 1987108-2010495" and the twenty minute "Detail 2136352-2154452."

"It sounded very meditative, but always remained visual art"
- René Block, publisher

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