Friday, December 16, 2005

The Once Over Twice

A few months ago I drooled all over the planned exhibition at the The Santa Monica Museum of Art of collages and journals by poet/songwriter, and former and current member of the lengendary LA "punk" band X, the one and only, Exene Cervanka. I ended that post with this plea: "Please tell me this exhibition's heading east."

WELL....guess what? The awesome folks at
DCKT Contemporary in Chelsea have pulled off the coolest coup of the NYC art season and are bringing the exhibition here! From their forthcoming exhibition's press release:

DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present EXENE CERVENKA’s first New York exhibition. On view in America the Beautiful will be journals and mixed media collages dating from 1974 through 2005 by one of the founding members of the seminal Los Angeles punk group, X. The exhibition was originally organized by the Santa Monica Museum of Art and guest curators Kristine McKenna and Michael Duncan.

The exhibition will feature a selection of journals from the collection of approximately 100 that CERVENKA has completed over the past thirty-one years, as well as over twenty collages. CERVENKA’s journals combine rough drafts of songs and personal reflections rendered in a baroque calligraphic script with hotographs, drawings and scraps of ephemera found while traveling as a musician. Similarly, the collages are created from found materials to form an interpretative composite portrait of the country she’s come to know through her life experiences on the road.
Dennis told me about the exhibition a while back and I begged him for more information. Here are a few images of the pieces they'll exhibit:


Exene Cervanka, 4 Marys in One Hour, Mixed media collage, 13.5 x 17.5" (image courtesy of
DCKT Contemporary)

Anyone who's played Under the Big Black Sun a billion times, like me and most of my friends have, knows that Mary was Exene's sister who was killed in an accident about 1980. Her tragic death inspired some of the most haunting, yet still defiant, songs X produced, and imagery of "Mary" appears frequently in Exene's collages.

Here's another piece from the exhibition with another classic X song theme:


Exene Cervanka, Lie, Cheat & Steal, 2005, Mixed media collage, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2" (image courtesy of
DCKT Contemporary)

Kudos to Dennis and Ken for securing this show. As a dealer, I'd be jealos as hell, if I weren't, as an art and X lover, simply more excited about getting to see it.

Exene Cervenka
America the Beautiful
DCKT Contemporary
552 West 24th Street
between 10th and 11th Avenues in Chelsea
January 7 – February 11, 2006

6 Comments:

Blogger Dennis Christie said...

Awesome! Thanks!!!

12/16/2005 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

thanks to you Mr. C.

I've gotten a few back-channel emails already from other die-hard fans excited about the exhibition.

12/16/2005 04:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Kenny T said...

Wow, someone giving us compliment. Thank you.

12/16/2005 04:31:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

well deserved KT...I'm very impressed you guys arranged this so quickly.

12/16/2005 04:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Kenny T said...

This was all Dennis. My job is to just look good for the photo-ops with Rock Stars.

12/17/2005 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous bambino said...

We'll see you there at the opening.

12/18/2005 09:30:00 AM  

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