The Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica will present perhaps its last exhibition and installation in its current space, We Got Power!: We Survived the Pit, beginning Saturday, Sept. 8 through Oct. 6.
An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 8 at Track 16 at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. C1, Santa Monica. Track 16 Gallery is soon expected to be demolished to make way for construction of the Metro Exposition light rail into Santa Monica, a gallery spokesperson notes.
The exhibit celebrates the release of the book “We Got Power! Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California,” by David Markey and Jordan Schwartz.
The opening event will feature live music by Adolescents, Saccharine Trust, The Last, White Flag and Dead Issue.
As a pre-teenager, Markey began making Super-8 films and publishing neighborhood newspapers in Santa Monica in the mid 1970s. In 1980 he met fellow local teenager, Schwartz.
In 1981 the two founded We Got Power!, a fanzine dedicated to the first-generation hardcore punk music community in Los Angeles and beyond.
Armed with a typewriter, exacto-blades, Letraset rub-on lettering, and rubber cement,
they fashioned collaged spreads of their collected images and reported on the burgeoning underground punk scene. Their text and cameras captured local bands such as Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Red Cross/Redd Kross, Suicidal
Tendencies, Descendents, White Flag, the Last, the Gun Club, Saccharine Trust, and the Butthole Surfers.
The exhibition focuses on the impact of hardcore punk on Markey, Schwartz and friends, and the way that music influenced their lives and artistic output.
Featured in the exhibit are ephemera, ‘zines [Neighborhood Journal, We Got Power], films, videos, photographs, skateboards, and original art by Raymond Pettibon, Cameron Jamie as well as others.
Track 16 is open from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.