~FINAL GOOD-BYE: DEATH BY ART / DEATH BY AUDIO
RIP – DBA – THE FINAL GOOD-BYE
DEATH BY AUDIO – PUTS ON – DEATH BY ART DBA
A FINAL GOOD-BYE ART SHOW . . TO THE LONG TIME DBA VENUE on SOUTH 2ND
A GROUP EXHIBIT – CURATED BY MARK KLEBACK and JOE AHEARN
NOV 6-22, 2014
49 SOUTH 2nd St, Williamsburg, BROOKLYN
RIP DIY DBA / DEATH BY AUDIO, the free-wheeling, cutting edge venue – done in by . . VICE.
OLIVER ACKERMANN founded DEATH BY AUDIO in 2002, a small handmade effects pedal company – providing effect pedals for LIGHTNING BOLT, WILCO, NINE INCH NAILS & U2 . . .
by Spring 2007, the space was also being used as a venue for underground music and art, run by EDAN WILBERT and MATT CONBOY.
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DBA UPDATE> – JUST IN FROM MARK KLEBACK:
“the DBA GUITAR PEDAL COMPANY . . has a new space on HALL ST in the NAVY YARD.
MATT & OLLI are putting out new pedals for the holiday season and keeping busy … most everyone who lived at DBA went their separate ways, most of them moving in with significant others (!!) – I know MATT wants to open another venue down the road – we’ll see what happens.”
JAMIE DRAKE had several murals, all of which were very powerful.
you can also see the ‘DBA VIRUS’ by SHMOAK coming in on the right – those small curious cubes, of gold. industrial meets expressive . . explosive.
JAMIE DRAKE is an artist from Virginia and a friend of Oliver’s.
talking … ‘industrial’, and . . . ‘light’.
a narrative, real time, real world. photographic.
really and truly . . photogenic.
a magic, even romantic yet hard-core black & white graphic soundscape installation – by LOUISE FOO + MARTHA SKOU.
ROOPA VASUDEVAN, ‘rick ross, “hustlin'” graphic.
what I loved best were the graphics: great off-the-wall pastel colors, micro-print shadow ‘text’ designed to die for, and far-out in your face ‘object’ reality contouring.
bold. but not bold. almost cartoon, but NOT. almost hyper-real, but – not.
fascinating, gestural, yes.
just sitting right down straight on that cutting edge of . . fab. far-out conservative, very . . nervy. contradictory.
nice, very very nice.
that’s what I call – great d-r-a-w-i-n-g.
draftsmanship. whatever. graphic design. architecture.
what I liked most about it – was how it just was. no big deal, no big statement, quiet but oh so pulsating, so expressive, so temporal, and . . SO WILD.
like a hidden secret . . it spoke it spoke of life force, and creative energy. in the world, the ebb and flow all around us, cosmic and organic – we take a pen and make a mark, and a flower grows, a thought takes wings. as shimmery and complex as a butterfly, as a puff of (reproductive !!) pollen. the faint code . . behind the DNA.
note: there is a center, a purple passionate growing, squirmy hieroglyph – to this organic gossamer matrix.
just placed, as if by accident, by random gesture.
a big thought just growing on a . . dirty communal door in a place doomed to die by Vice.
what more can you say ?
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH