David Kordansky Gallery

  • William E. Jones
Is It Really So Strange? February 27 — April 10, 2004

  • Installation view
  • Installation view
  • Installation view
  • Handsome Devils, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Audience at the Hollywood Palace, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Man Reclining, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Got Morrissey?, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Chris S in Los Angeles, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 inches (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Corner of Chris S's Bedroom, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 inches (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • "Viva Hate", 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Inez in Echo Park, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Embrace, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Singing Along with The Sweet and Tender, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Adán Shirtless, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Women Dancing, Tijuana, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • The Truthful Liar, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • "South With Morrissey," Tijuana, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • "Kill Uncle", 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • "How Soon Is Now?", 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Susan and David Dancing, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Robert in Highland Park, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Joel and Brigette Show Their New Tattoos, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Moshing to "London", 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Man with a Pompadour, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Jaysin in Hollywood, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Singing Along with These Charming Men, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Stage Climber, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Bettie Page Girl, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Moshing to "Hairdresser on Fire", 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Tattoo Contest Winner, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Audience at Club 101, El Paso, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Vero, Mary and Chris S, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • Ecstatic Crowd, El Paso, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Singing Along, El Paso, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Hand on Heart, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • "Unhappy Birthday," Hollywood, 2003, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • Ruben in Whittier, 2004, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)
  • New Year's Eve, Hollywood, 2004, gelatin silver print, unframed: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) framed: 20.25 x 16.25 in. (51.4 x 41.4 cm)
  • "Ask", 2004, gelatin silver print, unframed: 11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm) framed: 16.25 x 20.25 inches (41.4 x 51.4 cm)

For immediate release

 

Golinko Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce Is It Really So Strange?, an exhibition of 36 new black and white photographs from an ongoing series by William Jones. The opening reception will be on Friday, February 27th from 6 to 9PM. The artist will talk at the gallery on Saturday, April 3rd at 3PM.

 

My project began when I saw an advertisement for London Is Dead, a club exclusively playing music by The Smiths and Morrissey once a month in Los Angeles. I went to the event and found myself in the midst of a large crowd of fans happily dancing and singing to music I first discovered twenty years ago. The crowd couldn’t have known of The Smiths’ career first-hand (the average age must have been 24); the event was emphatically not a corporate promotion (Morrissey hasn’t released a solo album since 1997); and somewhat to my surprise, most of the people in the crowd were Latino. I was witnessing a spontaneous expression of youth culture, and I was determined to learn more about a scene that has not yet been adequately described. Is It Really So Strange? consists of black and white photographs documenting the new generation of Morrissey fans at events where they congregate (tribute nights, performances of tribute band The Sweet and Tender Hooligans, and the annual Smiths/Morrissey Convention in Hollywood), and includes portraits of some of the fans I have befriended while exploring the scene.

 

For the uninitiated: the four original members of The Smiths, sons of Irish immigrants in Manchester, were propelled to pop stardom during the group’s brief existence (1982-87), and their cult still survives, most prominently in Southern California. Steven Patrick Morrissey, the lead singer known by his last name, has a career as a solo recording artist, and currently resides in Los Angeles and Ireland.

 

-William Jones 2004

 

William Jones is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and photographer. His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and at festivals including The Whitney Biennial, The Wexner Center, The Getty Center, The Sundance Film Festival, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, Filmforum, Artists Space, The Project, and LACE. His work has also been exhibited widely in Europe, The Americas, Asia and Australia. Jones has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award.

 

For more information please contact the gallery at (323) 222-1482, send a fax to (323) 227-7933 or email info@davidkordanskygallerygallery.com