City Slang: Destroy All Monsters retrospective in Hollywood

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Yes, LA sucks. But let’s be fair – West Hollywood is honoring local art rockers Destroy All Monsters with an exhibition of artwork created by the members.

The whole thing is going on at the Prism Gallery from now until mid-January, and is curated by Mike Kelley and Dan Nadal. The exhibition is accompanied by a 312-page catalog.

According to the press release, “PRISM is pleased to present the first retrospective exhibition of artwork created by the original members of Destroy All Monsters, the Ann Arbor-based performance/music/art group comprised of Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw. Destroy All Monsters was unique for having produced a distinct body of multi-media work while documenting itself in the act of its own creation. The themes of the work span grotesque figuration, ecstatic pop imagism, apocalyptic play-acting, gothic dreamscapes, and full-on horror. On view will be drawings, prints and photographs by Kelley; paintings, drawings and unique photocopy prints by Jim Shaw; photographs and collages by Cary Loren; works on paper by Niagara; and a more recent mural memorializing the group's time and place. Much of this work is being exhibited for the first time; Kelley, Niagara, and Loren are producing new print editions for the occasion.”

OK, so you have to get to LA to go. But who knows – maybe you’ll be there because of work or something. Maybe you’ll need a Detroit-injection while dodging Botox non-smiles. If so, check this out.

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