See some punk rock history – for free


Blight at the End of the Funnel – Edward Colver
Book signing Saturday, August 19
Featuring live free musical performance by The Sweet and Tender Hooligans

I realize Santa Ana is pushing the “LA” thing, but if you want to see a Smiths Morrisy tribute band play for free live in Santa Ana, and/or take the last chance to see this unusual punk rock photo and art show all at the same time, also for free, then here’s your moment.

7-10 pm
Concert coordinated by
Koos and Dennis Lluy

Closing event: August 19, 2006 6-10 pm
Exhibitions continue through August 21, 2006.

CSUF Grand Central Art Center
125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Parking in lot at 3rd and Sycamore
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday 11a.m.-4p.m.; Friday and Saturday
11a.m.-9p.m.; first Saturdays until 10p.m.

Details from the press release:

Edward Colver’s exhibition and book titled, Blight at the End of the Funnel,
are epic explorations. The 200-page book and the exhibition examine the
artist’s creative life from his many years documenting the punk music scene
in Southern California, to his evocatively witty and poignant assemblages.
The exhibition will feature 20 selected photographs and 15 assemblage works
in the Grand Central Main Gallery, while the Grand Central Project Room
features an original installation. The 200-page book, co-published by Last
Gasp Press (San Francisco) and Grand Central Press (Santa Ana), is available
in both hard and soft cover editions and feature more than 300
black-and-white and color images. Mick Farren, Mat Gleason, Larry Reid, and
Jocko Weyland contributed essays for the book.

During the closing reception, Colver will sign books from 6-7:30 p.m. In
conjunction with the exhibition, a special admission-free concert will take
place on the Artists Village promenade from 7-10 p.m. featuring the band The
Sweet and Tender Hooligans, sponsored by Dennis Lluy and Koos. Art
Direction and Design by Ryan DiDonato and Andrea Harris, Editor Sue Henger,
Original Layout Concepts by Brent Martin. Printed by Prolong Press, Ltd.
Hong Kong.

Mat Gleason, the editor of the Los Angeles-based magazine Coagula writes in
his essay for the book: Edward has pursued his own abyss-nested muse with no
regard to the whims of taste or convention. Edward’s artistic oeuvre carries
the authenticity of Dada, European art’s most radical movement, and the
street credibility of the early L.A. punk scene, American music’s edgiest
moment. To paraphrase the Sex Pistols, “He means it, man.?> > Three months
after he began taking photographs, Colver had his first photo published: an
image of performance artist Johanna Went, featured in BAM magazine. He has
shot for dozens of record labels including EMI, Capitol, and Geffen and his
photographs have been featured on more than 300 album covers.

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