Nov 23, 2008

Exclamation Power, Corruption & Lies

New Order The sleeve of Power, Corruption & lies
The sleeve of Power, Corruption & lies is an ironic juxtaposition of old and new worlds, in which a reproduction of Henri Fantin-Latour’s A Basket of Roses (1890) is combined with a colour control bar indicative of 20th-century reprographics. Saville had originally set out to find an image of a Machiavellian tyrant, but found this Image more suggestive. Saville had seen contemporary Dutch designer Gert Dumbar include printing marks as a graphic device, but he took the conceit further by using the colour bar as a graphic code to replace any obvious lettering on the sleeve. Each colour is a letter or number, which can be translated using the decoding device on the back cover. The idea to lift Fantin-latour's painting carne from contemporary designers who were fashioning clothes from chintz upholstery.
Factory Records, The Complete Graphic Album, 2008