Dennis Morris x Shepard Fairey print available March 29, 2014

March 23 2014 . 09:05am



18 x 24 inch screen print. Signed by Shepard Fairey and Dennis Morris. Available at Known Gallery on March 29th at 8pm. Sorry no online or phone orders and they will be on a first come first serve basis. Limited to one per customer.

Opening reception: March 29, 2014 | 8-11p
On view: March 29 – April 12, 2014

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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DENNIS MORRIS | BOB MARLEY: GIANT opens March 29, 2014

March 15 2014 . 09:55am


Opening reception: March 29, 2014 | 8-11p
On view: March 29 – April 12, 2014

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

It was while skipping school to wait for Bob Marley to arrive for his sound check at the Speak Easy Club on London’s Margaret Street that Dennis’s music photography career really began. Bob Marley was so taken with the young teenager who was waiting for him that he invited Dennis to come along and take pictures on their upcoming tour. Dennis packed his bag and jumped on the bus.
Morris and Marley felt an immediate connection, as Morris stresses, this was a man who “knew he was on a mission”. He was out to break down barriers and confront intolerance through his actions and through his rebel music. Morris’ first photographs of Bob taken at the Speakeasy in 1973 are grainy and dimly lit – just one spot of light catches the instantly recognizable features. The expression on Marley’s face is intense, such was his total immersion when on stage. “He could have been praying, he could have just got hit by a bullet, he could even been laughing,” says Morris, describing his favorite image of this time. “Seeing him live, he expressed himself in all those ways: in his face, his movements, his eyes, everything.” Other photographs in Morris’s reportage-style collection capture Marley backstage, on the tour bus and at home in Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica. They are all intimate images but they focus on the public Bob Marley.

“He wasn’t a very tall man, but he was a giant of a man. He had immense presence, and the beauty was that it spread on to you. You had to really get your act together.”

“I think when he died, half of Jamaica suffered,” says Morris. “He fed a lot of people, he supported a lot of people emotionally, financially. He put Jamaica on the map.” Marley was like a priest, recalls Morris. People would go to him with their problems and he would give them an answer, and before he went on stage he was “almost like a shaman, drawing inspiration before they walk out to face the masses and give the message. Then he’d walk on stage and the place would light up.”

About the exhibition:
The exhibition consists of 28 intimate portraits and live shots of Bob Marley in black and white and color taken by Dennis Morris.

About 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 is 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…).
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.

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Augustine Kofie | Working An Angle Soundtrack for upcoming show at Known Gallery

May 12 2012 . 04:43am


Augustine Kofie | Working An Angle Soundtrack for upcoming show at Known Gallery

An exclusive set of musics that both inspired and were created based around my recent collection of new works for the “Working An Angle” solo exhibition at KNOWN Gallery, Los Angeles. Majority of the beat loops and experiments were produced by myself on Garageband in “cut and paste” style and includes specially selected musics from current digs via Soundcloud and the crates.

This set tends to mood swing from lo-fi 60’s funk intermissions into dark and moody 80’s dream pop blues, to classic 90’s hip-hop with hard funk drums over melodic notes and Moog tones peppered with dialogue and sound bites pulled from films recorded between 1955 to 1985. The film dialogue is a key component in this and all my other mixes for shows, all having some direct relation to the works, their titles and the like.

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RIME | Sound Advice 136

April 15 2012 . 10:22pm



TWBE is pleased to present our 136th installment of Sound Advice featuring Rime. Known to some as Jersey Joe, Rime is an internationally renowned artist based out of Los Angeles. He has an upcoming show in May titled Sketchy M@!#%rfuckers with pal KC at Known Gallery.

Sound Advice 136

01. Kanjinncyo by Takeshi Terauchi & The Bunnys
02. Hey Little Girl by The Syndicate Of Sound
03. We’ll Be Turned On by Eddy Current Supression Ring
04. My Art by Le Tigre
05. Films by Gary Numan
06. Blessed by Joe Semz
07. Daydream by Beach Fossils
08. Relentless by Sick Of It All
09. El Dorado by Agent Orange
10. Digital Versicolor by Glass Candy
11. Move in My Body Rhythm by Beta Evers
12. I Can’t Live in a Living Room by Red Zebra
13. True Mathematics by Ladytron
14. Poison by Bel Biv DeVoe
15. Flex (time to have sex) by Mad Cobra
16. Warm It Up, Kane by Big Daddy Kane
17. Protect Ya Neck by Wu Tang Clan
18. Do You Believe? by The Beatnuts
19. Times Up by OC
20. Give Me Tonight (7″ Version) by Shannon
21. Lookout Weekend by Connie
22. Love No One But You by The Paragons
23. The Letter by Lou Rawls
24. Not For Me by Sammy Davis Jr.
25. Night And Day by Frank Sinatra
26. Mongrel Heart by Broken Bells
27. Cell Mates by Mariachi El Bronx
28. The Entertainer by Billy Joel
29. You Could Have Been A Lady by April Wine
30. Whittier Blvd by Thee Midniters

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Patrick Martinez | Stalley – Savage Journey To The American Dream album cover

March 06 2012 . 07:59pm

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