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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Friday night of the living subcultures: hardcore punk, found object skate sculpture and comic books

Hope Gallery Tattoo
817 Chapel St., Suite 2F, New Haven, (203) 752-0564
CT Hardcore: The Way We Were
Aug. 21—Sept. 23, 2007
Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 14, 7 p.m.

Hardcore punk was (and is) an intensely tribal, high energy variant of punk and rock. The line between audience and performer was permeable. Hardcore was fueled by adolescent and, sometimes, political rage. The scene was marked by a notable sense of community.
David Gagne was right in the middle of the thriving 1990's hardcore punk scene in Connecticut, both as a participant and a photographic chronicler. Gagne is having a show of his photos this month in the gallery at Hope Gallery Tattoo. Entitled CT Hardcore: The Way We Were, it features images from the stages, the clubs, the moshpits and the skateboard streets.

According to the blurb on the Web site:

"This show is based around old Hardcore photos from the Tune Inn and old Daily cafe. So if you're into hardcore music or just remember the good ol' days hangin' at the Daily, you should come check these out. Who knows? You might be in some of them! So spread the word!"
There will be an opening reception for the show this Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.


Channel 1
220 State St., New Haven, 1-888-SHOP-CH1
Fragments: Sculptures by Silas Finch
Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 14, 6—9 p.m.

Found object sculptor Silas Finch has been written about before on Connecticut Art Scene (here, here and here.

He has decorated the new Koffee at Orange at 141 Orange St. in New Haven. And this Friday he will have an opening for Fragments, his new show at the skate shop Channel 1. The opening is from 6—9 p.m. Check it out.


Small Space Gallery
70 Audubon St., 2nd floor, New Haven, (203) 772-2788
EXTRAordinary: Contemporary Comic Books and Cartoons
Sept. 14—Oct. 31, 2007
Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 14, 5—7 p.m.; Artist talk at 5 p.m.

This show, organized by comic book historian Prof. William H. Foster III, features regional comic book artists and writers. According to the show announcement, the exhibit "explore[s] the ways in which comic strip and cartoon art depict subjects ranging from humor, fantasy and adventure to the of ordinary dealings of everyday life."

The reception will be from 5—7 p.m. at the Small Space Gallery, which is in the offices of the Greater New Haven Arts Council. Foster will give a talk about the show at 5 p.m.


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