Nathan Carter and The DRAMASTICS
Exhibition viewing, film screening and performance.
October 26, 2017
Exhibition viewing of The DRAMASTICS: A Punk Rock Victory Twister in Texas, film screening and performance.
Film screening at 10:30 p.m.
Performance at 11 p.m.
In a fantastical cornucopia of color, form, and gesture, Nathan Carter presents the story of a fictional punk rock band who call themselves The DRAMASTICS. The band and the world Carter created for them are the focus of his first video titled The DRAMASTICS are Loud AF (2016), which tells the story of the group’s rise to stardom in a series of vignettes, starting with The DRAMASTICS’ formation at Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas and ending incredibly with a world tour finale in Paris. Carter’s choice of unlikely video subject—an all-girl punk rock band—was inspired by his love for such rock groups as The Slits, Blondie, and Bikini Kill, as Carter describes, “I wanted to be around sweaty, angry punk rock women. It’s as simple as that.” To create the video, Carter wrote a script based on his observations of teenage chatter to ensure that the dialogue mimicked the speaking patterns, colloquialisms and coded language of the characters he was creating. He also wrote and recorded all of the music and constructed dioramas as scenes for his paper cutout characters to inhabit. For his exhibition in the Nasher’s Corner Gallery, Carter presents this video, together with a selection of dioramas that transport the viewer into the colorful and chaotic world of The DRAMASTICS.