FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DESTROY ALL MUSIC: The Masque and Beyond, 1977 1978
Photographs from the Early Los Angeles Punk Scene
October 6 26, 2007
Reception for the Artists: Saturday, October 6, 7-10 pm
complimentary valet parking
2121 San Fernando Road, Suite3, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Web site, http://www.drkrm.com
Gallery hours, Tuesday Saturday, 11am-5pm; Sunday, 1-4pm
Darby Crash by Dawn Wirth
Dawn Wirth bought her first camera in 1976, enrolled in a high-school photography class and began taking photos of bands. Although the photography teacher told her that the work was “crap”, she continued to follow her passion. “I was going to these punk shows; the music was exciting, new and different.“ Dawn captured on film the beginnings of a very underground LA punk scene with no idea of the kind of impact and longevity the music, dress and ideas would have on pop culture. Wirth shot, up close and in action, legendary bands such as The Germs, The Screamers, The Bags, The Mumps, The Zeros and The Weirdos in and around The Masque and The Whiskey a Go-Go in Hollywood, California. In addition, Dawn snapped out-of-town bands such as Devo and Talking Heads and photographed The Clash before they came to America. Dawn Wirth’s photos have been seen in the pages of fanzines such as Flipside, Sniffin’ Glue and Gen X. Her photos will also be appearing in the upcoming books Punk 365 released by Rolling Stone and The Masque Book by Brendan Mullen. Destroy All Music will be the first time Wirth will be showing a major body of work in public.
Louis Jacinto moved to Los Angeles in 1975. He was 19 years old when punk rock hit. “While I saw a lot of other photographs highlighting the extremes of the scene, I was only interested in this new, fresh sound; this new self-made glamour. That’s what I saw when I looked through my lens. It was a wonderful time for me, my friends and for the bands. It was my last bash as a young American.” Many of the images from his book, PUNKROCKLOSANGELES, will be on exhibit, photographs of bands and performers like Nervous Gender, X, The Alleycats, The Know, The Bags, The Screamers and The GoGos. Louis Jacinto’s work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, Frontiers Magazine and Drop Dead Magazine. His work will also be featured in Brendan Mullen’s upcoming The Masque Book. As a member of the Los Angeles art collective LAART, Louis has exhibited throughout Los Angeles. This is the first showing of his images from PUNKROCK LOSANGELES.
Drkrm. Gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to the display and survey of popular cultural images, fine art photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday Saturday, 11 am 5 pm. Sunday 1-4pm. Drkrm Gallery is located at 2121 San Fernando Road Suite 3 Los Angeles, CA 90065, 323.223.6867. All gallery events are free and open to the public.