Vinyl, Beats, Hands & Steel
May 18 - July 11, 1998
DJ culture has been a vital part of the Bay Area music scene for
some time now. Far from being an underground community, the turntablists
(or DJ's) have become celebrities in their own right, often more important
than the pop musicians regularly shown on the walls of Aquarius. This
show, Vinyl, Beats, Hands & Steel explores the visual side of the genre.
Five photographers will be presented here with a divergent array of
styles. Christopher Woodcock, Mark Wasserman, dmarie, Anastasia Klafter
aka DJ Anna, and Juliet Gray all contribute to this exhibition. Most of
the work here is from the live event, along with some environmental and
San Francisco artist and filmmaker, Juliet Gray includes selections
of her series Revolutions Per Minute, a collection of photographs that
dissect the turntable into a landscape of stainless steel and vinyl planes,
with shifting levels of dimension and perspective. Her work has been
published and exhibited nationally.
DJ Anna provides some insight, "These photographs are an attempt to
capture the sounds, feeling and excitement surrounding the deejay. The
self-portraits are a project about the double existance performing deejays
lead, one very public and glamourized and one very private, solitary, and
often times lonely. To become a good deejay involves spending an great deal
of time by oneself, and music becomes a deejay's only constant companion."
Mark Wasserman is the creator/designer of dj culture/graphic design
site www.plinko.com. Not only a nationally published photographer, Mark
was also involved in DJ-based events, including the Future Primitive
Soundsession. Currently, he works full-time as a designer on various web and print endeavors.
dmarie is a photographer who also operates her own business, Ground
Score- a company that is involved with management, DJ bookings, press,
promotions and photography. She also is one of three women that run the
successful San Francisco drum n' bass weekly "Eklektic".
Christopher Woodcock photographs for a variety of local
publications including XLR8R. His vibrant photos bring the DJ to the
forefront and the audience as an integral part to the whole experience.
There will be an opening reception for the artists at Aquarius
Records on Wednesday, May 20th from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM featuring live
DJ's including DJ Rop-Style and DJ Anna. Aquarius is located at 1055
Valencia Street near 22nd Street. Please call the store at 647-2272 for
any further information.
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