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Mechanical Resonance, Tesla

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Embroidery stitched directly through a vinyl record sleeve.

12x12x2 inches, framed in acrylic.

Edition of 8, plus one artist's proof.

     When Tesla landed on the scene in 1986 they were a breath of fresh air. At the time, hair metal was at it's height and bands like Poison and Motley Crue were the biggest bands in the world. Most bands had an arena rock vibe and Tesla sounded like a pure rock N roll club band. They didn’t have a theatrical presence; t-shirt, jeans and rock'n'roll. They had a number of hits and two great guitar players driving the band. I remember seeing them live on this tour opening for Def Leppard in the Meadowlands NJ, and when they came on stage they blew the crowd away. I’m glad I was able to see them live. The album cover features artwork based on Nicoli Tesla with lighting bolts sparks and a globe. I stitched the background in abstract wool stitches and layers of metallic threads to depict the sparks. The logo and lightening bolts as well as the text around the outside edges of the piece were created as patches and collaged onto the album as a final step.

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