Exhibition — Punk cabinet de curiosités | MADE IN Raymond Pettibon: 1978-1986


From September 13th to November 16th, 2013 mfc-michèle didier gallery in Paris (France) takes the appearance of a concept store, or more precisely and at the same time more mysteriously, a punk cabinet of curiosities…

“Between the years 1978 and 1986 Raymond Pettibon produced a trove of graphic works for the Southern California punk band Black Flag, as well as for Red Cross, The Minutemen, Nig Heist, and many others. Published predominately by SST Records, which was founded by Pettibon’s brother Greg, the exhibition features over two hundred gig flyers, artists’ books, album covers, posters, T-shirts, stickers, skateboard decks, and the first prints by Pettibon.

This exhibition shows a great preview of the artistic youth of Raymond Pettibon, his punk period. Some of his productions are so tough you have to look away: castration, dismemberment, suicide, murder, these are all the themes he turns to. Pettibon likes to point out the unbalanced faces of society, through one-shot images, which can both be funny and violent and macabre at the same time: a scene where two men are fighting with a knife has the following caption: ‘Your girlfriend called me chicken’ or a skeleton on a stage, saying to the audience ‘Life is a joke’, with caption: ‘This is the punch line.’

‘(My drawings) are violent,’ Pettibon, 24, admits. ‘And that’s dictated by the medium, in that I just use one frame. It’s like taking one frame out of a movie or one crucial scene out of a book at a critical point. You can’t really be subtle.’ Beginning with Raymond Pettibon’s first artists’ book ‘Captive Chains,’ published in 1978, the exhibition contains a myriad body of explicit, graphic, sexual and violent material. The show concludes with the announcement card for Pettibon’s first New York City one-man exhibition held at the Semaphone Gallery in March 1986, on which the text reads: ‘I am the wrench in people’s lives, really fixing them up.’ There are already a number of ‘serious’ Pettibon collectors, and it’s inevitable that when punk is history, the art of Raymond Pettibon will be considered an essential chapter. ‘It’ll happen like it did in the ‘60s with the psychedelic posters’, he predicts.”
— mfc


More informations here.

mfc-michèle didier gallery
66 rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth
75003 Paris (France)

September 13th to November 16th, 2013
Opening: September 12th, 2013, from 6 to 9 pm