Idioblast, Cover Art by John Fekner, 1984
33 rpm record with offset sleeve, 12 x 12 in.
John Fekner is primarily known for his use of stenciled words to comment on the urban environment. In 1984 he gained national attention when Ronald Reagan gave a speech in the South Bronx in front of an abandoned building that had been marked by Fekner with the word “Decay.” His move to music in the mid-1980s was a natural progression for an artist interested in the use of words and their potential for generating social change. Combining rap with artificially produced human speech and collaged sounds taken from television and other sources, Fekner’s music –like his visual work art—is rooted in both a street aesthetic and conceptual art trends. Gallery 98 now features three of Fekner’s records from the 1980s. All are signed.