Thursday, January 22, 2009

Matt Stokes: "these are the days" Arthouse, Austin, Texas, UK

Matt Stokes

these are the days

January 24 – April 5, 2009

700 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
(NW corner of 7th Street and Congress Ave.)

these are the days is an exhibition and commission of new work by British artist Matt Stokes inspired by punk rock subcultures—past and present—in Austin, Texas. Stokes is the recipient of the esteemed 2006 Beck’s Futures Prize and these are the days is his first institutional exhibition and first original commission in the United States. The exhibition, which involves a 16mm film production and installation, an original audio recording, and the collection of ephemera related to the punk, post-punk, and DIY movements which has been assembled over a series of trips Stokes made to Austin. The two-channel film installation features footage taken at an Arthouse organized punk show held at the Broken Neck in Austin and a band session recorded at Sweatbox Studios in Austin. The newly created films will be concurrently presented at Project Space 176, a major new contemporary art space located in the Camden section of London – an area strongly connected to growth of the UK punk scene.

photo: Autumn Spadaro
From punk performance at Broken Neck, Austin