“Monkey Gone to Heaven,” by Kevin Titzer
I actually believe the Pixies are a much under rated band for their influence on visual art. This is kind of my small gesture to acknowledge that. You always hear that old Velvet Underground analogy with them, but I don’t think you could’ve walked into any university art department in the 90’s and not heard the Pixies music playing somewhere. They still inform the work I make today and I don’t think I’m alone”.
“For me the seed of the series goes back to the early 90’s music magazine “Raygun”. At the back of most issues were a couple of pages of artwork by musicians interpreting a song from another band. I always looked forward to those pages and always found them interesting. I enjoyed seeing how people could visualize the same song in numerous different ways.”
“I wanted to recreate that feeling I had as a kid reading “Raygun” with these shows. The Pixies are one of my favorite bands and fit very nicely into what I was looking for in a theme. The band has very visual lyrics and use lot’s of characters in their songs. They are generally very narrative and also a bit open ended and nonlinear. This gives the artists lot’s of room to stretch out with their interpretations and has made for a wonderfully diverse exhibition.”
The show will have its opening reception on September 9th, 6-10PM at C.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice, California.
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