Opening Reception: Dallas. PUNK!
February 23, 2013
to 8 PM
1107 Dragon St. , Dallas, TX
Cohn Drennan Contemporary presents Dallas. PUNK!, a survey of photographs, graphics, art, music, video and artifacts of the Dallas Punk scene from 1976 through 1982. Punk was an abrupt international sensation that dominated music, fashion, graphics, film and art from the late 70s through the early 80s whose influence remains an integral part of contemporary cultural discourse. Dallas was not immune from the coming new wave and eventually contributed to the Punk discourse on a national platform. Dallas. PUNK! will address the history, ethos and lingering effects of Punk, Dallas style.
Featured artists include Jonathan Lacey of Superman's Girlfriend who will be presenting enlarged B&W contact sheets capturing the energy, immediacy and importance of portrait and documentary photography of the era. Barry Kooda has been creating 3D works of art and slate carvings, black of course, throughout his career with The Nervebreakers. Kooda creates assemblages of objects out of the detritus of a career in and about music.
James Bland began his professional photography career as a freelance photographer in high school at newspapers and developed a reputation for creative portraits. His love of music led him to the underground Dallas music scene where he developed unique styles of lighting on location photographing bands. Tracy Holman contributes a series of photographs documenting the nights of July 11 and 12, 1979 at DJ’s on Lower Greenville, when The Obvious was performing at the club.
Nightclub impresario, Deep Ellum fixture and muralist Frank Campagna will be part of the survey exhibiting his paintings. Frank has been making art for and of the local music scene since the 1970s, so expect some of his greatest hits. Paul Quigg of Snakes on Everything has been exploring microphotography for several years. A representative selection of his micro photographs will be presented with live concert footage captured through the years. In addition to his work with Sedition, Turner Van Blarcum’s excessive bone collecting evolved into designing stage sets for Ministry and Cypress Hill. A small assemblage of Van Blarcum’s bone stage accessories will be on view. DJ Mark Ridlen will curate a selection of music and vintage video for the exhibition opening reception. Special concert footage will also be screening during the run of the show.
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