FEAR OF PUNK / FEAR OF ART
Alex Ratcharge, Alexander Heir, Emma Maatman, Erick Lyle, Heather Benjamin, Jill Pucciarelli, Leah Wishnia, Matthew McGarry, Nathan Gattis, Paul D’Elia, Sam Ryser, Shiva Addanki, Spoiler, Tara Bursey, Weird Luke, Yecatl Peña and more.
Curated by Ben Needham and Tara Bursey
August 2-4, 2013
Communication Art Gallery
209 Harbord Street, Toronto
Opening Party: Friday, August 2, 2013. 7-10 pm
Presented as part of Zine Dream 6, an annual small press art fair
Punk is everywhere. From malls to museums, the influence and imagery of punk’s past has largely been absorbed into mass culture. Despite this, contemporary DIY punk rock sits firmly outside of the mainstream, and at both regional and global levels is stronger than ever. The visual culture that surrounds it is variably dark, threatening, chaotic, smart, funny, mysterious and questioning.
Fear of Punk / Fear of Art highlights the creative output of current punk artists, bringing their work out of its usual context while exploring intersections between punk rock, art and print culture. The purpose of the exhibition is to celebrate contemporary punk art while sharing it with a broader audience. The exhibition includes drawing, sculpture and printed matter that draws inspiration from horror, the occult, sex, despair, popular culture, art history and urban life.
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Images, from left to right: Alexander Heir, solo exhibition poster design; Alex Ratcharge, Maximumrocknroll t-shirt design; Leah Wishnia, screenprint; Heather Benjamin, Shut Up t-shirt design.