Louis De Guzman Drops Pink Vinyl ‘ELEVATE’ Bart Simpson Sculpture

Chicago-based visual artist and designer Louis De Guzman has returned to 2019 with another Bart Simpson-themed sculpture, once again titled ELEVATE.

This dusty pink iteration marks Guzman’s second-ever sculpture and will available in a limited run of just 500 pieces. The sculpture is made from vinyl and reworks the cartoon character in the abstract, geometric fashion that is synonymous with the designer. The sculpture stands at eight inches tall and is a showcase of his artistic skills which developed from his own experience as a second-generation Filipino American, a story which he explores through images and stories that evoke his family’s struggles.

Speaking on ELEVATE, Louis De Guzman says, “The idea, concept of sculpture and abstract dimensional form has always been on the agenda. To evolve my personal body of work from two-dimensional intricate line work and pattern sequenced shapes into something more tangible that my audience can examine and study. I want the viewer to be able to view it from all angles and see every little detail. I’m trying to bring something unfamiliar to a familiar space and ultimately evoke emotion and personal attachment.”

ELEVATE will release via LouisDeGuzman.com on May 31, where it is suggested you sign up for further release updates if you are looking to pick up one of the 500 pieces.

In case you missed it, check out the HYPEBEAST roundup of this week’s best art drops.

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Vinyl and Cassette Sales Continued to Grow Last Year

Albums sold on vinyl and cassette both saw a growth in sales according to BuzzAngle Music’s End-Year Report profiling U.S. music industry consumption for 2018.

Vinyl sales grew by just shy of 12% from 8.6 to 9.7 million sales, while cassette sales grew by almost 19% from 99,400 to 118,200 copies sold in the US, The Verge reported.

Sixty-six percent of those vinyl sales were of albums that are more than three years old and feature classic bands like The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and Pink Floyd, reported BuzzAngle. Cassettes saw popularity in newer releases.

CDs on the other hand have declined by 18.5% in popularity leading to a total decline in physical album sales of over 15%, reported The Verge. Meanwhile, audio streaming saw an increase of 41.8%, the largest of all music consumption.

In addition to millennials reviving the vinyl industry, the sales are seeing another trend: musical diversity. Rolling Stone reported that while 65% of vinyl album sales fell into the rock genre three years ago, that figure was 54% in 2017 and 42% in 2018–meaning the bulk of vinyl albums last year were actually in categories like pop (26%) and urban/hip-hop (14.4%).

These were the 20 top-selling vinyl albums of 2018, according to BuzzAngle, as pointed out by Rolling Stone:

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Various Artists)
  2. Thriller (Michael Jackson)
  3. Abbey Road (The Beatles)
  4. Rumours (Fleetwood Mac)
  5. Purple Rain (Prince & The Revolution)
  6. Back to Black (Amy Winehouse)
  7. Love Is Here to Stay (Tony Bennett & Diana Krall)
  8. Greatest Hits I (Queen)
  9. The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd)
  10. Legend (Bob Marley & The Wailers)
  11. American Teen (Khalid)
  12. The Greatest Showman: Original Soundtrack (Various Artists)
  13. Chronicle – 20 Greatest Hits (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  14. Divide (Ed Sheeran)
  15. Nevermind (Nirvana)
  16. Man of the Woods (Justin Timberlake)
  17. DAMN. (Kendrick Lamar)
  18. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band (The Beatles)
  19. Ultimate Sinatra (Frank Sinatra)
  20. good kid, m.A.A.d city (Kendrick Lamar)

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