Lou Reed’s stunning album Berlin was released in 1973. There are 2 versions of the sweater I made in tribute. This is the first – on a grey background – which I made to celebrate Lou Reed’s live performances of Berlin at the Sydney Festival in 2007. The dates of the 3 performances appear on the front and the back features 2 intermingled images: the image of the three figures on the cover of the Berlin album, and the image of Lou Reed from the Transformer album cover. I was attempting a 3D effect – the title and the broken glass in the foreground, the 3 figures in the love triangle behind them, and the large Transformer face in the background.
In the second version (Berlin 2), which I did for an exhibition called Deeply Superficial, I further explored 3D effects in knitting. It was my first attempt at using bright red, yellow and blue to create the illusion of layers. When viewed through chroma depth glasses the title, the broken glass and the blood appear to stand out in front of the sweater, the 3 figures in the love triangle appear to float further back, and the large Transformer face hovers behind them all – Lou’s genius as the creative artist behind it all.
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