The gallery show is temporarily on hold through this global health crisis & respect the SF stay-at-home order and social distancing. As time passes please check for the gallery reopening and the show resuming.
Welcome to 1984 // 2020: Punk on the Western Front is a conceptual art exhibition exploring the juxtaposition into the Orwellian reality of "1984", with its undeniable similarities to our current 2020 climate of socio-economic state oppression, polarizing political gridlock and the erosion of our civil liberties.
Featuring the artwork of EDWARD COLVER, WINSTON SMITH, RIKK AGNEW, DICK LUCAS, KAROLINE COLLINS, MURRAY BOWLES, V. VALE, MATTHEW KADI, CRAIG VINCENT, JASON RUGGLES, SHANNON DEATHLESS, MATTY KING, BAILEY KOBELIN, BLEEDING EDGES, LAUREN DENITZIO, JESICA GIOVANETTI, KEVIN NONE, KALIE CAPADONA, JAY INSULT, DAVID WHITE, CAM EVANS, ABE GARCIA and DOMINIC DAVI
UPDATE: Due to extremely unfortunate, unforeseen circumstances Jello Biafra will NOT be participating in this show. See full details below...
Destroy Art Inc is very grateful for the brief time we had working with Murray Bowles. As curators, we could immediately see the immense talent of Murray who was able to capture the raw energy of our punk rock family and history. We are still presenting his work at our show, for which we are honored.
Edward Colver has created 20th Century icons with his photos. His interpersonal perspectives and explicit photography from the early Los Angeles punk scene captures the surreal, violent and sometimes irreverent moments that so eloquently document the birth of punk music, fashion, art and lifestyles of Los Angeles subterranean subculture.
His punk photos have been featured on more than 500 album covers and include some of the most recognizable and iconic album art of the late 20th century. His punk rock work has been well documented in the feature film documentary and book entitled American Hardcore.
Winston Smith is the quintessential punk rock Art Surrealist, master of “hand-carved” montage and collage, crafting his thought-provoking art since the 1970’s. Smith first became known for his collaborations and logo design for punk legends Dead Kennedys and his numerous album cover art with Alternative Tentacles Records.
He has produced over 50 record covers, and is known for his work with Green Day and publications such as The New Yorker, Playboy, Spin Magazine and countless other influential art and media projects, actively exhibiting internationally and throughout the USA.
UPDATE: Due to extremely unfortunate, unforeseen circumstances and timing, Jello Biafra will not be participating in this show. We apologize bumming you out BUT Jello will still be sharing his thoughts at the 1984//2020 panel talk on March 14, 2020, now officially held at the historical punk venue Bottom of the Hill. Get your tickets asap to hear more about this, along with our artists Edward Colver, Winston Smith and Rikk Agnew!
Destroy Art Inc look forward to showcasing and supporting Jello's art this summer - stay tuned for news on this!
Rikk Agnew singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, legend and visual artist. Agnew's music career spans more than 30 years. He has previously been a member of some of the most influential bands of the Orange County hardcore punk genre w/ Adolescents, DI, 45 Grave, Social Distortion and The Rikk Agnew Band and the influential death rock band Christian Death.
Rikk quickly became known as one of the best guitarists in the Southern California hardcore punk scene, and creates artwork out of sheer joy for further creative expression.
Murray Bowles a longtime San Jose resident, worked as a computer programmer, and built up a reputation as a legendary documentarian of punk and metal in Northern California and the East Bay, from 1982 until 2019.
Bowles’ photos from the then nascent Gilman Street scene that cropped up in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s captured Green Day, Black Flag, Rancid, Operation Ivy, and countless other bands on the ascent.
Karoline Collins is one of Bay Area's most active contributors in the punk rock scene. Along with her husband Robert, Karoline organizes and manages nationwide tours of international and local punk bands.
Her photos allow us to glimpse into priceless, previous moments in the journeys of various punks across the United States.
Matthew Kadi Starting a band and finding a camera within the East Bay/Sacramento punk rock scene at a young age, Matthew has captured the raw energy and gritty essence of the local punk scene through gifted photography since the late 90’s.
He currently drums for the seminal street punk band Monster Squad and resides in Sacramento.
Jason Ruggles (b. 1984) hails from Sacramento. Playing in punk bands since 2004 - DCOI!, Enemy Fire and most recently Holehög! Jason runs the punk rock, screen-printing clothing brand 'Addicted To Chaos', making shirts on demand with over 120 screens and a variety of styles including 1 color, 2 color split, off register, bleached and hand-painted full-color shirts.
Addicted To Chaos is seeing unrivaled success in custom, one-of-a-kind punk clothing and is now a renown label in urban streetwear couture culture.
As a prolific street artist, Jason's signature worms can be found worldwide.
Shannon "Deathless" Freed is a multimedia artist based out of Brooklyn, NY. Shannon has been involved in the local punk rock since the 90's and is a skilled tattooer and body piercer.
Shannon is also co-owner at an artisan jewelry company in NYC.
Bailey Kobelin from Albany, CA has a unique and exciting perspective shot through the lense of her camera. She captures the bright raw energy at dark music venues along with emotional portrait subjects or visionary concepts through expert technique from this young talent. Bailey is currently attending UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.
Jeff "Bleeding Edges" is a native NJ multimedia artist. Bleeding Edges creates original art in many forms such as stencil paintings and the awesome "Bearrito" toy line among many others! Bleeding Edges also has been a dedicated member of the NJ punk rock scene and has played in several notable bands and released multiple records on his own independent record label from a multitude of international punk bands.
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We will have some trays of FREE vegan chicken at the 2/29/20 opening show!!
Waves of creative contradiction. Long running East Bay fanzine
The definitive source for industry content & information on punk, hardcore, metal, acoustic, indie rock and everything in between.
Turn It Around is a brilliant documentary film on the history of East Bay punk and hardcore from the folks that invented it! Hella crucial viewing!!
Now go make your own scene!
1-2-3-4 Go! Records is a label, record store and online mail order based in Oakland, CA. Focused on punk, indie, garage, hardcore, etc vinyl and tapes. Always a great selection of new and used punk vinyl!!
Bottom of the Hill is a historical amazingly cool punk friendly venue located at the corner of 17th and Missouri streets in the Potrero Hill district of San Francisco. According to Rolling Stone, the Bottom of the Hill is the best place to hear live music in SF and we second that!!
Come out on 3/14/20 @ 1pm for the 1984//2020 artist panel discussion w/ Jello Biafra, Ed Colver, Winston Smith and Rikk Agnew - tickets here
WELCOME TO 1984 // 2020: PUNK ON THE WESTERN FRONT
SAN FRANCISCO ART SHOW OPEN 2/29/20 - 3/28/20