The first pre-selective jukebox was the Multiphone, invented by John C. Dunton in 1905. Standing 7 feet high, it comprised a lyre-shaped, glass-fronted wooden cabinet containing an Edison spring-motor phonograph and a hand-cranked rotary-selector mechanism that gave the listener a choice of twenty-four cylinder recordings.
Coin operated amusement devices became popular in saloons by the turn of the century. For a nickel (though this machine has been altered for dime plays) the Edison Multiphone coin operated phonograph (1915) offered a choice of twenty-four cylinder recordings (visible through the glass panel). The cylinders were numbered and an accompanying chart listed the titles. By having patrons pay for their entertainment, saloon keepers saved money on hired musicians and other expenses.
Photographed in the Autry Museum of the American West, Located in Los Angeles, California.
The art of Dylan Egon is most captivating to me for the way he marries art and design. In American Holy Relics, his second solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Egon combines functional objects with a variety of mixed media works to create a visually dynamic and conversationally topical show.
Birth of a Religion (Debbie Harry) Functioning Speaker Cabinet
Through his work, Dylan Egon exemplifies his appreciation for American culture and craftsmanship. American Holy Relics includes ready-made sculptures, sound installations and functional art objects such as three skateboard deck editions and custom yardsticks that sheathe hidden swords. Additionally, Egon has released a print and vinyl figure based on Saint America, one of the paintings in the exhibition. The credenza in the above photo is also being reproduced for sale by ABC Carpet and Home. I would like to own it.
This sculpture, a custom-built motorcycle inspired by a rare 1934 Harley Davidson speedway racer bike, was a big hit at the opening reception. The bike is fully functional, brass-plated and fitted with holsters for both a gun and whiskey bottle. A stuffed crow sits perched on the handlebars and you’ll also notice a pair of brass knuckles mounted near the front.
In Target Moon, a circular panel contains a full moon background layered in assemblage with elements of cut brass, collage, white butterflies, honeybees, matchsticks, pills, pencils, knives and other objects along with the phrase Inter Spem et Metum — which translates from Latin to: Between Hope and Fear.
Skate Deck and Victrola
Extinction II (Triceratops)
This Tricerotops Skull collage piece is created from hand cut pieces of brass tacked down with thousands of hand driven nails.
99 + 1 = US
Here’s one that New Yorker’s especially can relate to.
American Holy Relics by Dylan Egon will be on Exhibit Through May 3rd, 2014 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 W 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.