January 24 – April 5, 2009
Arthouse at the Jones Center – Contemporary Art for Texas
700 Congress Avenue, Austin
These are the days is an exhibition and debut of newly commissioned work by British artist Matt Stokes. Inspired by punk rock subcultures—past and present—in Austin, Texas, "These Are The Days" is the artist’s first institutional exhibition and first original commission in the United States. The exhibition will feature a dual screen installation of a 16mm film production, an original audio recording, and a collection of ephemera related to the punk, post-punk, and DIY movements, which has been assembled by Stokes over a series of extensive visits to Austin. The show’s focal point is the film installation, comprised of two films running simultaneously. The first features footage of an audience at a specially organized punk show, staged by Stokes, at the Broken Neck in Austin. The second film was created in response at a recording session held locally at Sweatbox Studios and shows a band’s reaction to a ‘cut’ of the footage taken from the Broken Neck. Stokes’ work and exhibition evolved from working closely with communities connected to the city’s large and diverse live music scene and considering significant happenings that, in part, reacted against accepted genres associated with Austin as well as dichotomies expressed within the earlier and later punk communities. "These Are The Days" will be concurrently presented at Project Space 176 (find more info here), a major new contemporary art space located in Camden, London – an area strongly connected to growth of the UK punk scene.
Matt Stokes’ artistic practice is marked by anthropological enquiry and an interest in events or informal movements that bind people together. Music subcultures have been central to the development of his most recent projects, which have focused on their ability to shape lifestyle, beliefs and create community. Stokes’ most noted works to date include Long After Tonight, a 16mm film that conveys strong emotional and spiritual content through the British communities connected to the music and dance of Northern Soul, and Real Arcadia, a research based project focusing on the history of a small rural acid house organization, which archives and interprets the clandestine experience of those who attended or were affected by a series of cave raves organized by the group.
Admission is free and open to the public.
A little info on the Arthouse at the Jones Center:
Headquartered at the Jones Center in Austin, Texas, Arthouse is the oldest statewide contemporary visual art organization in Texas. Arthouse seeks to promote the growth and appreciation of contemporary art and artists in Texas. Through its exhibitions and programs in Austin and statewide, Arthouse helps nurture artists’ careers and deepen public understanding of contemporary art. All exhibitions and programs at Arthouse are free and open to the public.
Arthouse at the Jones Center is located at 700 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, 78701. The center is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11 – 7 pm, Thursday 11 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 5 m. Admission is free.