August, 2014

Sex Pistols Photographer Dennis Morris Shares Iconic Images & Stories on Revolt TV

August 08 2014 . 06:32am

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Preview of THE BOLLOCKS | A photo exhibit of The Sex Pistols by Dennis Morris

August 07 2014 . 10:27pm

DENNIS MORRIS / THE BOLLOCKS
Opening reception: August 9, 2014 | 8-11p
On view: August 9 – August 23, 2014

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

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Dennis Morris | The Bollocks opens August 9, 2014

August 05 2014 . 09:49am

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THE BOLLOCKS:
THE 70S WAS A DISMAL PERIOD IN ENGLAND: HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, UNIONS OUT OF CONTROL, THE ECONOMY ON A MASSIVE DECLINE, ENGLAND HAD LOST ITS WAY. PUNK CAME. WE WANTED TO CHANGE EVERYTHING, WE WANTED A PIECE OF THE PIE, WE WANTED OUR OWN HEROES. THE SEX PISTOLS FILLED THIS ROLE, FOUR FACES OF THE NEW BRITISH YOUTH, BRASH AND READY. READY TO TAKE NO PRISONERS, READY TO KICK DOWN THE DOOR OF ESTABLISHMENT, READY TO FULFILL THE DREAM. FROM THE FIRST TIME I MET THEM, JOHNNY ROTTEN, SID VICIOUS, STEVE JONES AND PAUL COOK, I KNEW THEY MEANT IT! 77 WAS THE YEAR, ONE LONG, SHORT, CHAOTIC, MAD, AMAZING ROLLER COASTER YEAR. THE HYSTERIA, THE HATRED, THE BACKLASH FROM THE MEDIA AND THE ESTABLISHMENT CAME BECAUSE THE BAND, THESE FOUR INDIVIDUALS, HAD THE NERVE TO CHALLENGE THE VERY THINGS BRITISH SOCIETY HAS BUILT AS STANDARD. THEY MOCKED THE ROYAL FAMILY (“GOD SAVE THE QUEEN”), THEY MOCKED THE ESTABLISHMENT ORDER OF FUN (“HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN”). THE YOUTHS IDENTIFIED, THE YOUTHS WANTED TO DESTROY, TO DESTROY AND REBUILD. THE SEX PISTOLS SPARKED THE LARGEST MUSICAL ROCK REVOLUTION IN HISTORY AND STARTED THE PUNK MOVEMENT. THEIR EXTREME MUSIC SENSE, FASHION STYLE AND THEIR PUNK SPIRIT STILL TODAY INFLUENCE SOCIETY AND ARTISTS FROM A BROAD RANGE OF FIELDS INCLUDING MUSIC, FASHION, FILM, ART …

DENNIS MORRIS:
DENNIS MORRIS IS A BRITISH-BASED ARTIST WHO HAS USED THE CAMERA TO PRODUCE AN IN-DEPTH BODY OF WORK ON EXTRAORDINARY INDIVIDUALS. HIS WORK IS CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH MUSIC, HAVING CREATED SOME OF THE MOST ICONIC AND MEMORABLE IMAGES OF BOB MARLEY AND THE SEX PISTOLS AS WELL AS THE MARIANNE FAITHULL BROKEN ENGLISH ALBUM COVER, BUT HE HAS ALSO CAPTURED THE ESSENCE OF THE SIKH COMMUNITY OF SOUTHALL (UK), THE COLLECTION WAS SUBSEQUENTLY BOUGHT BY ENGLISH HERITAGE. HE ALSO CREATED THE ICONIC PUBLIC IMAGE LTD LOGO AND THEIR FIRST TWO ALBUM SLEEVES, INCLUDING THE METAL BOX. SEVERAL BOOKS OF HIS WORK HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED, INCLUDING BOB MARLEY: A REBEL LIFE, DESTROY ON THE SEX PISTOLS AND GROWING UP BLACK, A CHRONICLE OF BLACK BRITAIN IN THE 60S AND 70S. HIS WORK IS WELL RECOGNIZED AND HAS BEEN EXHIBITED INTERNATIONALLY (TODAY ART MUSEUM, BEIJING; LAFORET MUSEUM, TOKYO; ARLES PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL, FRANCE; THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY, LONDON; ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, CLEVELAND; SUPERMAN IS DEAD (S.I.D) A COLLABORATIVE SHOW WITH SHEPARD FAIREY, LA; BOB MARLEY: GIANT, KNOWN GALLERY, LA). HIS PHOTOGRAPHS ARE INCLUDED IN PRESTIGIOUS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS, SUCH AS THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON, AND HAVE APPEARED IN NUMEROUS PUBLICATIONS, INCLUDING ROLLING STONE, TIME, GQ,VOGUE, W, FRIEZE; LIPSTICK TRACES: A SECRET HISTORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY BY GREIL MARCUS, CENTURY BY BRUCE BERNARD, AND 100 DAYS OF ACTIVE RESISTANCE BY VIVIENNE WESTWOOD.

 

DENNIS MORRIS / THE BOLLOCKS
Opening reception: August 9, 2014 | 8-11p
On view: August 9 – 23, 2014

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

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ART ALLIANCE: THE PROVOCATEURS, CHICAGO

August 05 2014 . 03:23am

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The exhibition featured over 40 trailblazers of the art world including Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Space Invader, Ryan McGinness, Camille Rose Garcia, Clare Rojas, Cleon Peterson, CYRCLE, D*FACE, Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, Deedee Cheriel, Dzine, Estevan Oriol, Evan Hecox, FAILE, Gary Panter, HAZE, James Cauty, Jamie Reid, Jen Stark, Lee Quinones, Mark Mothersbaugh, Monica Canilao, POSE, Ravi Zupa, RETNA, Revok, Stanley Donwood, Winston Smith, WK Interact, and more.

The show itself has a great lineage, connecting the dots from a the past two generations of artists who have, for lack of a better term, stood on the outside of typical and traditional art career expectations. One of the major highlights of the exhibition will be that a portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Chicago Arts Partnerships In Education (CAPE), an organization which inspires students to be passionate about their education by weaving visual and performing arts into their classroom lessons. They bring academic subjects to life through art, and partner teaching artists with Chicago Public School teachers to develop original, creative lesson plans.

For the full article and exclusive coverage on the artist who participated visit www.juxtapoz.com

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HypeBeast interviews Dennis Morris: Bob Marley Photographer & Musical Viewfinder

August 04 2014 . 10:12pm

 

A mastermind behind a camera and a living legend within the music industry, Dennis Morris is a name that resonates beyond barriers of time and genre. An artist in every sense of the word, Morris uses the camera no differently to the way an artist uses a brush, creating and capturing moments in the industry that speak beyond the subject itself and are threaded with messages of social movement and emotion. A photography enthusiast since the age of eight, Morris’s career first kicked off when he skipped school to wait outside Bob Marley’s concert venue in hopes of capturing a shot or two, and within hours he had hopped on the bus as the tour’s photographer. What came next was a ride through the music industry, captured and documented through Morris’s lens as the young photographer worked with everyone from Bob Marley to the Sex Pistols, and eventually extended his creative reach from the camera to official album artwork and more. Peep below for our conversation with the man himself.

How important is visual art to music, and vice versa?

Visual art to music is vital! During the days of vinyl, the record sleeve was an art form. Most sleeves were used as a way of explaining the content of the album – i.e. title of the album.It was vital because back in the days when you went to a record shop, as you went through the racks, the sleeve was what first attracted you to a band/musician if you had never heard of them.

Visit Hypebeast.com / hypetrak.com to read the full article.

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