We had a chance to talk with The Dark Arts Collective about their upcoming 'Grindcore' show an eclectic combination of dark themed art and music on Saturday, July 30th in Philadelphia (Shred Shed). The Dark Arts collective helps produce events that favor extreme music and Art around the Philly area and beyond.
Can you tell us about the upcoming Dark Arts Collective's 'Grindcore' show?
The show will be Saturday July 30th. We usually start things off with an artist reception 5-7 where you can check out 25 killer artist from the local and regional area all who have created new pieces to the theme of “Grindcore”. From 7-11 we will have 6 grind bands performing with Plebeian Grandstand from France on tour with Pyhrron from NYC. We also have Cremains and Hoboknife blasting through from RVA. Chepang comin all the way from Nepal and opening this shindig up is Philly natives Drones For Queens. Art reception is free and the show is only $5! We’ll also have food and drinks available.
What artists are involved? Are all the artists from the local Philadelphia art scene?
We have a wide array of painters, illustrators, photographers, screen printers and tattoo artists participating in this show so it should be an eclectic mix. We draw most of our artists from the Philadelphia area but we do have about half a dozen artists participating from around the country.
Do you have any specific favorite pieces or musicians that will be featured at the July 30th show?
we won’t actually see most of the pieces before the show but some of the artists have shared what they will be hanging. Alex Eckman Lawn will be hanging his awesome, multi layered album cover he did for Jersey grinders Organ Dealer. Our mutual friends Brian Sheehan and Fred Grabosky will no doubt drop some serious art pieces for the show. Plebeian Grandstand just released an avalanche of riffs on their new album “False highs, True lows”. And we can't wait to watch Chepang tear through some of the hits off their latest release “Lathi Charge”.
What is the connection between heavy metal & dark themed art? Do you think currently art & graphic design have a large enough role in the music community?
We believe that art and graphic design have a huge role in the music community. When you discover a new band, the first thing you experience from them is rarely the music. Most often times it will be an album cover, a logo, a t-shirt design or a band photo. Something that an artist created for the band that, often times, goes uncredited. That’s what we’re celebrating with the Dark Arts. We’re celebrating the art that creates the mood, atmosphere and esthetic of the world in which heavy metal and extreme music resides.
What other events can we look forward to Dark Arts Collective presenting?
We host pop up art shows monthly at The Fire in Philadelphia in conjunction with Shannon Void of Anthropic Records. We have an artist or photographer show their work while Shannon spins her dark collection of sinister tunes. There's cheap drinks and good hangs. We’re also planning a fall and winter Dark Arts as well with the tentative themes of “Black Metal” and "Power Metal”. Those should be a doozy. To hear more news about the Dark Arts you can check out our new website at www.thedarkartscollective.com. Thanks for having us on your site!