Alameda Ferry 2006 Silver Gelatin Print ©Merideth Grierson,

Art & Vinyl at Fraenkel Gallery Brings Back Warm Memories

Fraenkel Gallery is currently presenting  Art & Vinyl, an exhibition examining the ways in which artists have been drawn to records and their covers as mediums for original works of art. Comprised of more than one hundred often rare and important examples, this will be the first in-depth exhibition to focus on works of art created specifically for an album, composer or musician. Seen together, the albums span seven decades and a staggering array of conceptual strategies, and sketch an idiosyncratic history of art from the mid-20th century to the present.

This reminds of us of a group exhibit staged some years ago at the San Francisco Art Exchange – Art of the Album, 100 Images from 100 Covers – where we were especially impressed by one photo by Merideth Grierson.

Among the many galleries which have exhibited her work are: Berkeley Historical Society, Eye Gallery, Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Scott Nichols Gallery, and Michael Shapiro Gallery.

Her photographs of People’s Park and City Lights Bookstore are in the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.

While she has not been particularly busy promoting her work of late, Grierson’s portraits of Bay Area artists and cultural icons are available for purchase, as are stunning images comprising “Infrared Vision,” and “Infrared Dreams.”