Jimmy Joe Roche and Dan Deacon were in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands, a while back where they made a film titled after the historic Dutch town. It’s completely hilarious, surreal, and absurd, but it somehow captures something about the pop-saturated, neon apocalypse a lot of us have in mind.
Noise-dance band Extreme Animals and neon cultural detritus art collective, Paperrad, both feature my friend and huge inspiration, Jacob Ciocci. His style is heavily borrowed by lots of visual artists and musicians, such as Dan Deacon.
Dan Deacon has somehow managed to become a divisive figure without actually doing or saying anything controversial. Apparently, the cartoon voices, his psychotically happy and celebratory music, his big glasses, his physique, his whole vibe pisses off a lot of people. Good. That’s what punk rock was all about.
It’s been said recently that it’s amazing how in a town where the dominant music scene is very loud, a quiet band can still be heard. But Baltimore has always had loads of lower-key music, and while our ears may still be ringing from Whartscape, Small Sur hasn’t exactly been a sleeper act.
One of Dan Deacon’s partners in crime is video/performance artist Jimmy Joe Roche. I saw one of Roche’s latest videos, Gather Round, this weekend at the Transmodern Festival, which consisted of the artist animatedly ‘preaching’ in front of a green screen background that shifted between color-saturated images of mountains, forests, and various other psychedelia. Though […]
I was introduced to Baltimore artist Erin Womack’s work via her incredible, paper-mache masks. These masks happened to be on display this past weekend on the last day of the Transmodern Festival, the poster for which Womack also designed. Womack’s work stands apart from the day-glo spazz aesthetic the minions of Dan Deacon and company go nuts over in this city. Dark without being gothic, drawing from nature and natural materials without being hippy-dippy, Womack creates eerie drawings, bulb-headed masks, installations, and Super-8 films of the creatures that inhabited her childhood imagination.