Emerging from the 70s and 80s Los Angeles punk scene, Raymond Pettibon’s career has evolved from producing album covers and flyers for bands such as Black Flag, Minutemen and Sonic Youth, to becoming a highly regarded contemporary artist who has a knack for portraying the darkness that swirls beneath the squeaky-clean image of American popular culture.
In 1989, Pettibon released four videos, which are now being shown together in the UK for the first time. The videos Judgement Day Theatre: The Book of Manson, and The Whole World is Watching — Weatherman ’69, are currently being screened on loop at SPACE in Hackney until 17 March.
There will be a special screening of Citizen Tania on Thursday 7 March, followed by music from the bands Way Through, Apostille and Shopping.
If any or all of the above leave you hankering for more LA subculture, Minutemen founding member and ever-touring bass legend Mike Watt (whose acting skills can be admired in The Whole World is Watching — Weatherman ’69) will be flying the flannel at The Lexington on 26 February. He will perform as part of a trio, alongside drummer Andea Belfi and guitarist Stefano Pilia, collectively known as Il Sogno del Marinaio.
Human Wave – the Videotapes of Raymond Pettibon is on at SPACE Hackney, 129-131 Mare Street, London E8 3RH, entry is free.
Il Sogno del Marinaio will be performing on Tuesday, 26 February 26 at The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB, with support from Manflu and Dogfleet. Advance tickets are £7.