Rozz Williams and those he inspired:
Ryan Wildstar (EXP, The Whorse’s Mouth), Jill Emery (The Asexuals, Hole, Mazzy Star) Lorin Morgan-Richards, Michele Witchipoo, Jeremy Cross, David Richardson, Nicolas Caesar, Frankie Babylon, Gina N. Turcios (Rabbit), Mike Textbeak
Nationally renowned artists of the macabre will memorialize Rozz Williams, a pioneer of Deathrock and dark art, with a new exhibit entitled Necessary Discomforts, displaying a private collection of his artwork and artistic tributes from those he inspired.
Rozz Williams was the creative force behind bands Christian Death, Shadow Project, Premature Ejaculation, among others. He was a passionate poet and artist that provided meaningful contemplation while pushing the boundaries of what was considered obscene. Artistically he always evolved, but the mainstream had a hard time keeping up. He took his own life in 1998, a tragic end to an artist that was far ahead of his time. The exhibit Necessary Discomforts encompasses artwork by Rozz Williams and those he inspired only at Hyaena Gallery on November 12th thru 14th.
Ryan (Gaumer) Wildstar, friend and artistic collaborator on Whorse’s Mouth with Rozz Williams in 1998, will present an inspired tribute along with over ten notable artists from around the country in the exhibit Necessary Discomforts. These darkly rich tributes will be in the mediums of sculpture, paintings, and illustration.
On November 13th from 8pm to 11pm, Hyaena Gallery will host an artist reception in conjunction with Necessary Discomforts memorializing Rozz Williams life. At this, Ryan Wildstar will perform poetry written by Rozz Williams out of his new book entitled ‘And What About the Bells?’ a deeply personal look inside the life of Rozz Williams, with stories, poems, and interviews with his closest friends. Copies of this book will be available onsite. DJ Dave Bats of Release the Bats will be spinning all night everything Rozz related.
Rozz Williams was born Roger Alan Painter in Glendora, California on November 6, 1963. He took his name from a gravestone in a Pomona cemetery. His first breakthrough came in 1979 with the band Christian Death, a play on the brand Christian Dior. In 1981, he collaborated with performance artist Ron Athey to produce the beginnings of industrial noise in a project called Premature Ejaculation. Always an innovator, Rozz Williams changed the depth of music and art while inspiring subsequent generations of artists. See his artwork along with those he inspired in a special exhibit Necessary Discomforts at Hyaena Gallery on November 12th thru 14th.
*Update October 29th, 2010* STOP PRESS: Artists also participating with artwork are Doriandra (EXP), Ace Farren Ford (EXP), and Paris Sadonis (Shadow Project, EXP, The Whorse’s Mouth). Nico B will have his new film 1334 available (a second part to his film PIG, which focuses on Rozz’s last days), Steve Darrow (Asexuals, Super Heroines) will be displaying a crucifix made by Rozz (he held on the back cover of Only Theatre of Pain album) and some other rare early items.