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"Return of the Repressed": Destroy All Monsters at PRISM

When members of Ann Arbor-based antirock band Destroy All Monsters dabble in the arts, the result is a catalog of the gory and grotesque.



Mall Culture, 1 of 4 murals that comprise Strange Früt: Rock Apocrypha, 2000, The Destroy All Monsters Collective (Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Jim Shaw)


In the 1970s, the Ann Arbor-based antirock band Destroy All Monsters was distinguished not just for its raucous, inventive sound but also for its sizable body of multimedia works—among them, film, live performance, sculpture, and photography. The original members of the group—Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw—dabbled in pop-culture imagery, haunting dreamscapes, and apocalyptic play-acting, all while honing individual aesthetics. The result of this artistic experimentation was a catalog of all things gory and grotesque. A selection of these photographs, drawings, paintings, and prints, many of which are appearing for the first time since the mid-seventies, will be included in "Return of the Repressed," an exhibit opening Saturday, November 19, at the PRISM Gallery in Los Angeles.


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Cary Loren, Self-portrait smoking, Lawrance street, Ann Arbor, 1975

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Mike Kelley, Untitled (Allegorical Drawing), 1976

— Maggie Mallon




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Photos: Courtesy of the artists and PRISM
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