These days Raymond Pettibon is a well regarded, respectable—ahem—respected contemporary artist who exhibits around the world in major museums and galleries. He found his way to artistic prominence in a circumlocutionary manner. He began, early in his career (it can really only be called a career now that we are looking back 40 years) in the early 70s designing posters and record covers for punk rock bands, most notably Black Flag and The Minutemen. That’s certainly where I was first exposed to his work. It wasn’t until years later when I somehow, through a friend of a friend, figured out a way to reach him by phone at his mom’s house, and request a contribution to Plazm magazine. That was for Plazm #11, around 1995. He also contributed work to the Plazm coloring book in issue #16 [a pdf of the full book is available @ that link], three spreads in Plazm #28, and he has the final page in Plazm #30, the current issue as well.
Anyway, a travelling exhibition culling over 200 pieces from the early years in the LA punk scene comes to Portland’s One Grand Gallery this winter, opening on December 7th, the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86
December 7, 2012 – January 25, 2013
One Grand Gallery
1000 E Burnside St., Portland
Open Daily 11PM to 6PM
Opening Reception to be held Friday, December 7, 2012
7:00PM Gallery Opening
9:00PM Performance by Blood Beach