DALLAS, Texas (August 31, 2017) – The Nasher Sculpture Center announces DRAMASTICS: A Punk Rock Victory Twister in Texas, an exhibition by Nathan Carter on view October 27 – January 28, 2018.
In a fantastical cornucopia of color, form, and gesture, Nathan Carter introduces figuration into his work, presenting 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 band’s rise to stardom in a series of vignettes, starting with The DRAMSATICS’ formation at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas and ending with a world tour finale in Paris.
The characters in the all-female punk rock band—inspired by real-life groups like The Slits, Blondie, and Bikini Kill—are 10-inch tall paper, glue, paint and wire cutout figures set in dioramas. Carter describes the scenes in the dioramas as “places a touring band might visit: a steamy, malodorous rehearsal space... and various exotic locations to perform live, including the Saigon City Roller Discotek, a High Desert generator party, and a full-scale model of Paris, France for the film’s final scene.”
The film The DRAMASTICS are Loud AF first debuted at the MCA Denver in fall 2016. For his exhibition in the Nasher’s Corner Gallery, Carter will present the film alongside the dioramic environs created for the film in an amalgam of textiles, collages, works on paper, and a full-size sound stage.
An exhibition preview, film screening, and live performance will occur in collaboration with the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival on October 26, 2017 at 10:00 pm. The event is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP at http://nashersc.org/NathanCarterRSVP
Carter will also present a public lecture about the exhibition on Friday, October 27 at 11 am at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Please RSVP at http://nashersc.org/NathanCarter360RSVP
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