By Howard Pousner / email@example.com
New York conceptual artist Rutherford Chang, whose work will be included in the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center group exhibition “Coloring” that opens with a 7-10 p.m. reception Friday, has a thing for the Beatles’ “White Album.”
He’s acquired more than 900 numbered first pressings of the 1968 classic LP, the pristine all-white cover worn to varying degrees and in some cases used as a memo pad or canvas by previous owners, and included them in his installations.
“I got into collecting multiple ‘White Albums’ because every copy tells a story,” Chang explained to the website dustandgrooves.com. “Each one has aged uniquely.”
The show — featuring artists who, according to the Contemporary, “use color to investigate formal, phenomenological, cultural and historical issues” – continues through March 8. The five artists are Chang, Bill Adams, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Anne Lindberg and Kate Shepherd.
Also opening at the Westside visual art center on Friday: “In Translation,” featuring three artists (Jonathan Bouknight, Ben Schonberger, Nathan Sharratt) “interested in how information or experience can be transformed from one state to another.”
Here’s a photo from Chang’s installation: http://instagram.com/p/i7FNuwEGYe/.
The Contemporary is at 535 Means St., Atlanta. 404-688-1970, www.thecontemporary.org. HOWARD POUSNER