Juxtapoz Magazine online just announced a few details about the upcoming Dethkills exhibition happening in LA’s Chinatown.
From Juxtapoz…: “Dethkills is Bobby Alderman and Chris Wolford, two good friends who have been making art together for years – they’re legit offspring of the DIY movement in the L.A. area. From humble beginnings doing graffiti and screen printing clothing for friends and bands, they have taken their talents and focused more specifically in the last few years on painting intricately detailed, larger than life artwork. Their trademark raw, black & white style explores different “wet-in-wet” washes and dry brush painting techniques.”
“Their work has evolved from live painting events they’ve done over the years for band performances, charity auctions, and other promotional parties. When they teamed up to play a band’s show, they’d incorporate the name of the band somewhere in the painting as well as their art collective name, Dethkills. Their paintings now are filled to capacity with different Dethkills typography – the words are drawn in with sharpie and work to compose a larger image that is painted in, over the text, with varying degrees of opaque layers of water and black latex paint. The subliminal words create a gritty texture for the image. Their name is everywhere, so don’t ever look for a signed piece – they all are, over and over again.”
“Along with an awesome huge 4 panel painting that feels like a Rorschach of the divine (see above), the show will feature iconic portraits inspired from “The 27 Club.” The infamous group consists of artists who have died way before their time. Jim Morrison, Dash Snow, and Jimi Hendrix are only a few of the talented artists who all died at 27 years old. Most never even hit their prime, but left amazing contributions in their wake. The crazy thing is how much these personalities inspired a lot of our generation, including Dethkills. The homage is fitting and well done.”
We at the27club.net could not agree more. Most everyone of us regards not just the music and creativity of say Jimi Hendrix or Kristen Pfaff as incredibly inspirational, but it was also how they lived their lives. When Eric and I began working on The 27s book, we both were constantly confronted by the legacy of these cats who had lived only 27 years. Most people will never achieve even close to what one year gifted the spirit of Alan Wilson, but it should be a pedestal we all reach for.
Mad respect Dethkills. Keep that fire burning and thanks to Juxtapoz for turning us all onto Bobby and Chris’ incredible works.
SHADES OF GREY new works by DETHKILLS
Saturday, November 13 · 7:00pm – 11:00pm
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
939 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA
*The first 100 people at the exhibit will receive a handmade one-of-a-kind Dethkills photozine, with silk-screened cover and silk-screened insert, that showcases the process and progression of each piece in the show from beginning to end.
*DJ Set by The Blackouts featuring Ako & Atiba Jefferson with special guest.