Music has always been an important part of Kent’s past, and Kent’s Standing Rock Gallery is honoring that legacy by hosting a photo documentary of the other-side of an era of music that included hardcore and british post-punk. This photo retrospective takes a look at the side of 1980’s music that VH1 would rather forget. This is the kind of small show that makes Kent’s art scene interesting, edgy and different. So if that’s your vibe, you have to check it out. The show opened last weekend and runs through October 20th.
Standing Rock Cultural Arts Presents:
WHAT: “Old School” L.A. Hardcore and British Post Punk Photographs by Tom Trainer
-Los Angeles and British Underground Music Scenes in the Early 1980’s
-Exene Cervenko from “X”
-Henry Rollins from “Black Flag”
WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2007 8:00pm. Opening Reception. The exhibition runs through October 20.
WHERE: North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Kent
GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday 1-5pm or by appointment.
About the Artist
I was born in Ohio but grew up and attended school in Los Angeles. In the early 80’s I briefly attended Santa Monica City College where I studied photography. At this time the Hardcore Punk scene was thriving in L.A. Hollywood and the South Bay were the hot spots.
I feel lucky that I was able to photo document this slice of American music history. It felt good to be a starving artist, but eventually I got hungry. In 1986 I started my photo business, (Tom Trainer Photography). In 1991 I got married and moved back to Ohio where I still operate my photo business, which has expanded to include video services as well.
25 years have passed since the Heyday of the L.A. Hardcore Scene and this is the first formal showing of this work.