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Craig Wedren: My 90’s, an exhibition of Craig’s Polaroids + Book

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MUSICIAN, FILM & TV COMPOSER & FORMER SHUDDER TO THINK FRONTMAN

MY ‘90s
INTIMATE POLAROID PHOTOS SERIES FEATURING BANDMATES, MEMBERS OF FUGAZI, PEARL JAM, ‘THE STATE’ & MORE

PHOTO EXHIBIT OPENS MARCH IN SAN FRANCISCO & AVAILABLE AS
LIMITED EDITION BOOK

ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES WITH THE MESSTHETICS


Craig Wedren got his hands on a Polaroid Spectra in the early 1990s and used it to document his late nights and early mornings on the road with his band Shudder to Think and time with friends including Fugazi, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, members of The State and more. Today, the acclaimed songwriter, singer, film & television composer and Shudder To Think frontman announced My ‘90s— a limited edition book and upcoming art exhibit.

My ‘90s will open in San Francisco, CA on March 7 at The Loin (914 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA) and feature some of the Polaroids he took throughout the 1990s and into the early aughts. They range from shots of life on the road to candid moments, to time in the studio with his band, actors on set during the filming of Wet Hot American Summer and Laurel Canyon–both of which he scored, and much more. Read a statement below from Wedren on My ‘90s.

A limited edition run of hard-bound books featuring the prints will also be available in-person at the gallery and online via Wedren’s website (http://www.craigwedren.com).  
Wedren will also perform at the gallery at on opening night (9pm sharp), and has announced select West Coast dates in April with The Messthetics featuring Brendan Canty and Joe Lally from Fugazi (dates listed below).

‘MY ‘90s’ by Craig Wedren

My ‘90s were nocturnal, for better and for glorious worse.
I was in a band, Shudder To Think, that had been my primary framework and source of identity since 1986–again, for better and for worse; but mostly for better, because we were a very special group.
I’d always been a visual kind of artist -my lyrics tended toward the dreamlike and cinematic, my style of dress and hair ever-changing and somewhat theatrical.
Punk Impressionism.
When I got my hands on a Canon A-1 sometime during High School (a holy hand-me-down from my Stepfather, I think), I naturally and immediately began taking pictures that fell right in with the music, lyrics, and other art I was (and still seem to be) feverishly generat
ing.

Cut to 1992.
Shudder To Think was on tour with Fugazi, delivering our sensual assault to college towns around the Northeast.
I believe it was Guy Picciotto (one of Fugazi’s singer/guitarrorists) who, in a chilly, grey parking lot (it was Autumn) turned me on to the gadget that would instantly become my constant companion for the next decade or so, the Polaroid Spectra camera.
But this was no ordinary camera.
It was ugly as hell, big and plastic, like a cheap tennis shoe fucked a cut-rate spaceship.
Unintentionally–or so it seemed–the design of this model (and this model only, as far as I can tell) was such that you could trick it into taking multiple exposures, as many as you dared, in a single photograph.
That, in addition to the ways one can manipulate/mutilate a still-fresh Polaroid picture, gave me a portable engine, an image-kiln for loooosely documenting the parade of experiences, colors, feelings, and sounds that filled my circus-like, and often just plain boring-ass days and nights.
And late nights.
And verrry early mornings.

Every few years (if you’re lucky, if you’re looking) a new technology arises that is roughly the same shape as one’s heart.
The chemistry is immediate, love-at-first-sight, like the artist and the instrument are two pieces of a two-piece puzzle.
For me, the Spectra camera was just that.
I grabbed it and never let go.
Until they stopped making Spectra film, that is, alas…

What you see here is a sliver of my favorite images from that era.
I hope they infect your dreams, and help connect you to your own vision.
Thank you.

Love, always.
Craig

Wedren released Adult Desire Expanded in late 2018. The album features the 14 tracks on his experimental, electro-acoustic and highly melodic 2017 album Adult Desire–the first record he made since moving to Los Angeles and one Los Angeles Times called “a tender and fearless set of electro-acoustic pop ditties…” Wedren adds that the album is “a meditation on age, death, sex, marriage and family best described as ‘domestic Surrealism’.” The expanded version also features eight additional tracks including new songs and alternate versions of some of the original album’s songs including the Chris Cornell-inspired “Into The Blue Sky (Acoustic Demo).” Read more via FLOOD Magazine.

Throughout his illustrious career, Craig Wedren has made a name for himself in the world of film & television beginning with the soundtrack work for the late-’90s films High Art and First Love, Last Rites which he worked on with his bandmates in Shudder to Think. His recent projects include scoring the NBC hit show New Amsterdam, GLOW (Netflix) and the upcoming first season of Shrill, premiering on Hulu in March. His resume of composing and scoring for film and television projects includes the Wet Hot American Summer movie and television series, Role Models, The School of Rock, Afternoon Delight, Laurel Canyon, Reno 911!, The State, How to Be A Latin Lover, and much more. Last year, he also worked with longtime collaborator and childhood friend David Wain on the Netflix film A Futile and Stupid Gesture starring Will Forte.

CRAIG WEDREN TOUR DATES

Mar 7 San Francisco, CA – The Loin (My ‘90s Opening)

Apr 11 San Diego, CA – The Casbah*

Apr 21 Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones*

Apr 22 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel*

April 23 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s

*notes dates with The Messthetics

CONNECT WITH CRAIG WEDREN

http://www.craigwedren.com

IMDB * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram

Natural Oddities Featuring Megan Lees, Liane Carter, Ashlyn Grantham

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Natural Oddities
A trio exhibition featuring work by Megan Lees, Liane Carter, and Ashlyn Grantham.

Come one, come all for a rare glimpse into a realm of arcane realities, winsome grotesqueries, and elegant mysteries. Come and bear witness to this compendium of curiosities, trapped as if in amber and on display for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, August, 4th
6-11pm
at the loin
914 Larkin
SF, CA

Megan Lees
www.meganlees.com

Liane Carter
www.lcarterdesigns.com

Ashlyn Grantham
www.instagram.com/ashlyntoashes/

1/2 Dozen Heads Group Opening and Live Art Show

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Art opening and live art exhibition featuring: Arf, Kenya Scott, Breath From Above, El Maldido, Edo Escobedo, Emeral Jade

Emeral Jade:
“Recreating the world as I see it…blooming unexpected, unpredictable color and variation brought to consistency with intricate replications that solidify the color and flow.”

Instagram: Emeraljaded

Leslie Doom:
“Grime and lines. Always pure, never cut.”

Instagram: LESLIEDOOM

Kenya Scott:
“Kenya is a big goofball who wants to change the world. He loves cartoons, comic books and graffiti and it’s reflected in his style. Making art keeps him sane. See also: burritos and sex.”

Edo Escobedo:
“Conceptually driven mix media massacre”

Website:edoescobedo.com

El Maldito:
“A multi-medium artist currently residing in Oakland, Ca. Originally from Southern California’s desert area, El Maldito brings a series of illustrated characters titled: “Quates”(Twins) that express the inner calamity of two Mestizo(Mixed) twins of European and Indigenous identities. For more art by EL MALDITO visit facebook.com/juegomalditoria

ARF
“Scratching primal urges while still trying to maintain humanity, a dog frantically chasing it’s own tail only to bite itself in the ass.”

Instagram: bark_like_a_dawg

Sponsored by Blick Art Supplies

Weird Shrine at The Loin

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Next up at the loin is WEIRD SHRINE, a group show from the SF art collective. Show opens May 5 and will be up all month.

Weird Shrine is a gathering of local SF artists grooving through mindscapes of the strange, the askew and the kooky.

Members include loin stalwarts Joe Holmes and Chris Conroy, as well as new faces Alex Miller, Laura Dalzell, and Leah Berman.

Featuring tunes from Valencia St. legends the KENTUCKY FRIED GORILLA KNUCKLES, street performing pioneers of the movement known as “AQUADUB.”

Here’s some instagram action from featured artists:
mandiblejunker
strangealchemist
laur_tist
healing.power.of.art
greenbarf

Sea Change – Cody Miles Solo Exhibition at the loin

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Up next at the loin we have “Sea Change” a solo show by Cody Miles. Opening night is April 14th. Sea Change will be up through the 1st week of May.

San Francisco based artist Cody Miles shares a collection of ink and graphite drawings. Using a graphic illustrative approach, much of the work is focused on the natural beauty found in death and the transient qualities of the natural world.

We’ve previously hosted Cody’s work at various group shows and at “Indelible”, a trio show, which also featured work by Patrick Mathews and Bagger43. We honestly can’t say enough nice things about this guy!

Cody miles is an artist based in San Francisco. Working as a commercial illustrator for games and entertainment, his personal work draws inspiration from classical motifs and lowbrow art, with an emphasis on bold design in ink and graphite.

VD in the TL, 2nd Annual Group Art Show

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2nd annual VD in the loin Group Art Show

Featuring new work by:
Chris Farris
Breana Canton
Tom Jugo
Stefanie Ohara
Jennifer Phan
Mandy Tripp
Ashlyn Grantham
Liane Carter
Aaron Lawrence
Carol Croroniti
Lizzy Layne
Danya Aletebi
Fabio Benedetto
Jabal Miki
Nicole Roehrig
Jason O’Hara
Cody Miles
Patrick Mathews
Chris Conroy
John Vochatzer
Simone DaSilva
Heriberto Martinez
James Pawlish
Sigur Sprang
Matt Bourne
Lauren Smith Tyrell
+ More!

Pawsomeness – Cat Themed Group Show

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Group show featuring cat related art, simply pawsome!

Artists:
John Vochatzer – johnvochatzer.tumblr.com
birdsnatch – birdsnatch.squarespace.com
Manuel Peinado III – elpeinado.com
James Henry Dufresne – jameshenrydufresne.blogspot.com
Patrick Mathews – artpm.tumblr.com
Ben Ahn – @ioryuzo (Instagram)
WinterTeeth – thelastbuffalo.tumblr.com
Megan Lynn Kott – meganlynnkott.tumblr.com
Breana Canton – behance.net/breanacanton
CraneART – mecraneart.com
Micke Tong – micketong.com
Megan Lees