Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education is pleased to announce EXENE CERVENKA: LIPSTICK SUNSET, featuring recent collage art by the acclaimed poet, artist, author, and vocalist of the band X.
The exhibition is on view through December 31, 2017, and was accompanied by a benefit concert for Palos Verdes Art Center held November 4 at Brouwerij West, which featured Exene Cervenka & John Doe of the band X, Mike Watt & The Secondmen and FEELS. More information at onenightonly.live
Exene’s collages mix images and text in a pairing that she has compared to the music and words of songs, creating tableaux that recall Joseph Cornell’s enigmatic boxes, Constructivist design of the Russian revolutionary avant-garde, and the cut-ups of beat artist/writer Brion Gysin – filtered through a lens of punk/folk Americana. Rooted in her practice of art journaling, begun in the mid-1970s, Exene’s collages combine handwork and appropriated images, written words and found text. Similar to her songs, the narrative is not long storytelling, but presents strongly lit windows to a world both perplexing and highly personal.