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Usually I do not sell my originals. Prior to this show in L.A., I held on to all my originals. The only exception was with Tales of Woe, because three of the six illustrations I had done for the book were large in size. I’ll do commissions, but as for for illustration originals, those I keep.

For the Necessary Discomforts show in Los Angeles, there will be a one of a kind piece I’ve created just for this exhibit. Starting tomorrow you can see my illustration on display, along with other great artists over at the Hyena Gallery. Oh, and it’s also for sale. So if you’re looking for “rare” Witchipoo art, this would be the perfect opportunity. Since I can’t be there in person (school), this would be the next best thing. Actually, even better.

"Rozz." Done October 2010. Mediums: pen, ink, ink wash and watercolor. Edges were hand-burned to give it a little bit of that old school Death Rock/Goth touch. Framed. For sale at the Necessary Discomforts (An Artistic Tribute To Rozz Williams), taking place at the Hyena Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Artist: Michele Witchipoo.

The Necessary Discomforts exhibit will be on display from November 12 – November 14 2010. Opening reception: Saturday, November 13th, 2010. Time: 8pm-midnight. Address: 1928 W. Olive Blvd., Burbank, California. There will be an official after-show party at Bar Sinister.

Revised/Updated Flyer For Unnecessary Discomforts (Artistic Tribute To Rozz Williams) Event

http://www.rozznet.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rozz_Williams
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Death

http://www.hyaenagallery.com/
http://www.lorinrichards.com/aravenabovepress.html
http://pinealeye.com/2010/11/01/rozz-williams-tribute-exhibition-at-hyaena-gallery/

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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

BURBANK, CA

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.

Flyer For Neccessary Discomforts Art Show (An Artistic Tribute To Rozz Williams)

http://www.lorinrichards.com/
http://www.hyaenagallery.com/
www.scary-art.com
http://www.scary-art.com/scary-artcomics.htm
http://daverichardsonart.com/
http://www.hyaenagallery.com/davidrichardson.html
http://creativemetalworks.deviantart.com/

*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.

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The first wave of the Batcave movement, later to be evolved to what is now known as Gothic began in the late 1970s/early 1980s. It’s (hair)roots can be traced to the United Kingdom. Submerging elements of Glam Rock, Psychedelic, Punk/Post-Punk, Alternative Rock, New Wave, and a bit of synthesizer created a genre still popular today. Unfortunately, although the term “Goth” has become overused and mainstreamed, this particular subculture broke off into a variety of other underground sub-genres. Some of the sub-genres listed include Darkwave, Industrial and some Electronica.

Some of the most known bands to emerge from the Goth movement range from Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. There was lesser known groups as well: Specimen, Christian Death, Xmal Deutschland, The Virgin Prunes, Skeletal Family…etc., etc. You could go in the direction of Alien Sex Fiend, or you entrance yourself in the ethereal/4AD sounds of such bands like Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and This Mortal Coil. Newer bands from the 1990s and 2000s include Bella Morte, and London After Midnight. Some of the older bands later shed the Goth label, finding commercial success. Others remained underground with small cult followings, most fading into obscurity.

The Danse Society was such a band with the misfortune of later obscurity.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Danse_Society

I remember Danse Society fondly. Suppose it was due to the fact that it brings nice memories of being a teen. I was just starting to learn about Alternative music. Plus the lead vocalist (Steve Rawlings) was easy on the eyes. There was a single this band had released titled “Say It Again.” Despite a more peppier sound than their earlier tunes, it was still a good song.

Considering that iTunes has some early Deathrock ditties like “Sex Beat” available, you would think “Say It Again” would be as well. No such luck. In fact, iTunes has two albums for purchase: the 1986 album “Looking Through” and the 2001 compilation “Seduction.” However missing was the later single “Say It Again.” Sigh….somehow this is typical of iTunes.

So once again we turn to that modern phenomenon called YouTube. This was the best copy of the promotional video I could find:

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Woke up. Went to make of what’s left of the Christmas flavored coffee. Go over to the desk to check the email, then hit Facebook to check any additional messages. Found out about this:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/influential-melbourne-guitarist-rowland-s-howard-dies/story-e6frf96f-1225814790391

It’s one thing to hear about Michael Jackson, but its another to hear about a musician that you’ve actually liked. Rowland recently passed away from cancer at the age of 50.

During my mid-late teen years I was heavy into the whole Goth/Death Rock subculture. Back in the days of vinyl, I had records from Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Lydia Lunch. These folks that I’ve just mentioned had a connection to guitarist Rowland S. Howard.

Roland is more well known for his time with The Birthday Party. That was Nick Cave’s band before he formed more popular Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Later he did a series of collaborations with various acts, such as Lydia Lunch, Fad Gadget, Nikki Sudden, Henry Rollins, Einstürzende Neubauten, the list goes on.

Here’s a Wikipedia entry about him:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowland_S._Howard

I could post a video of him performing with Lydia Lunch, but I thought this was more suitable:

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