EAI is proud to present Raymond Pettibon's Sir Drone (1989, 55:37 min), featuring Mike Kelley, at Migrating Forms. Shot in two days, with dialogue read off cue cards, Sir Drone is part of a series of feature-length, low-tech video narratives that Pettibon made in the late 1980s. Known for his distinctive pen and ink drawings, Pettibon turned his attention to video in 1988, producing a body of work focused on West Coast American radical subjects of the 1960s and 1970s: the Manson family, the Patty Hearst kidnapping by the S.L.A., the Weather Underground, and the beginnings of the American punk movement.
Pettibon was close to the West Coast punk bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Shot on home-video equipment, his deadpan narrative dramas feature an ensemble of luminaries from L.A.'s post-punk underground. In Sir Drone, Mike Kelley and musician Mike Watt (of the legendary hardcore band Minutemen) play two teenage punks trying to start a band in the 1970s. Kelley's portrayal of a wiry adolescent yearning for fame and legitimacy is both comical and heartbreaking. He and Watt struggle to create the right image for themselves and their band, debating bands' names, the distinctions of punk and hippie music, and strategies to avoid being "rinky dink." Writing about Sir Drone, Mike Kelley stated, "Despite their crudeness, Raymond's tapes are strangely moving: he is a brilliant script writer."
Sir Drone will be accompanied by two lo-fi works involving teenagers and music by Cory Arcangel: Insectiside (1992-03, 7:29 min) and Message my Brother Justin Left Me on my Cell from the Slayer Concert Last Week (2004, 2:27 min).
For more information about Raymond Pettibon's work, please click here.
Raymond Pettibon was born in 1957 in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from
the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1991 he received the Louis
Comfort Tiffany Foundation award, and in 2010 was awarded the Oscar
Kokoschka Prize. Pettibon's work has been shown at the Biennial
Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in
exhibitions at the Kunstverein Dusseldorf; Louisiana Museum, Humlebael,
Denmark; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among many others.
One-person exhibitions include the Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne,
Switzerland; Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland; Tramway, Glasgow,
Scotland; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover,
Germany; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo
de Málaga, Spain; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New
York. His work is represented in the collection of the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hamburger
Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany; San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art; Tate Gallery, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New
York, among others.
About Migrating Forms
An annual, ten-day festival dedicated to new film and video, Migrating Forms developed from the New York Underground Film Festival (NYUFF), which ended in April 2008. Led by the former directors and programmers of NYUFF, Migrating Forms continues the tradition of presenting a program culled from a broad spectrum of moving image practices each Spring at New York's historic Anthology Film Archives.
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