Thursday, August 14, 7:30

Book Launch for 'Muddy Treads'
Seems Books

Sutherland will conduct a slide show and show movie clips about the making of the book, as well as provide commentary and Q&A. Family will be giving away 100 signed limited posters by Sutherland.

Peter Sutherland has released several publications and films, most recently Buck Shots (powerHouse Books), Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project (Zeitgeist Films), and Game (Nieves), as well as contributing regularly to Vice, and i-D magazines. His work employs some of the techniques of traditional documentary photography to capture the hidden beauty of ordinary objects and everyday situations.

Sutherland has shown in group exhibitions at Rivington Arms/NY, Guild and Greyskull/NY, Circleculture Gallery/Berlin, V1 Gallery/Copenhagen and the travelling Tiny Vices show, currated by Tim Barber. His solo exhibitions have been on view at Someday Gallery/Melbourne, MU/Eindhoven and Gallery White Room/Tokyo.

About the book:
There was a large chunk of land behind my junior high school known as “The Hills.” It was an unclaimed no man's land, where you could do whatever you wanted. There were strange half built sheds, bags of lawn clippings, some illegally dumped furniture, and the occasional dead animal. Locals would go there to drink beer, burn stuff for fun, and drive four wheelers on the hills, some of which were steep and untracked. There were arched tracks left behind by motorcyclists on the hillsides where they had attempted to ride over the highest point (usually a stump). There was a muddy pond and twisted-up sage brush; all which was hidden from civilization. The edge of the land was the closest possible point to the high school where the kids could smoke. It was also the only place for them to go if they had skipped class and didn't own a car. One day I was back there after school riding my bike (I was 12) and I saw a group of about eight stoners from the high school. They had discovered an abandoned jeep! They pushed it up a massive dirt hill and were taking joy rides in it. It was bouncing over rocks at high speeds and kicking up dust without the sound of an engine. It was probably the most unsafe operation I had ever seen in my life but I could see the expressions of pure joy on their faces. It's one of my favorite memories from that time and somehow everyone survived. I like empty plots of land like that one. There is always something messed up about them that keeps them from being developed and there's a special kind of freedom that allows for stoners to go four wheeling in abandoned jeeps. The entire state of Alaska feels like a more pristine, grown-up version of one of those areas and everything about it is just a bit too rugged and crazy for the masses. Many of the photos in this book were taken in Alaska. The others are from California, Colorado, Utah, and Vermont. (2006-07)
Peter Sutherland,
NYC 2008
Monday, July 7, 7:30

Joe Carducci Reading

Joe Carducci helped run SST Records in the mid-80s with founder Greg Ginn and Chuck Dukowski of Black Flag, back when the label was a center of the secret rock & roll underground, home to Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Hüsker Dü, Bad Brains, and the Meat Puppets.

He'll be reading from his new book 'Enter Naomi: SST, L.A. and All That', that tells the story of Naomi Petersen, the house photographer for SST, who died in 2003. Following will be a signing and q&a.
"Takes a hard look back at Carducci's time in L.A., at the music and contradictions of that scene, and what it meant to be a woman in the uncompromising world of Black Flag."
“This is an absolutely mesmerizing introduction to L.A.’s punk pantheon of outside musicians, artists, photographers, and performers. As Carducci reminds us, the wild kids on the Strip, the Strand, and the Desert created a potent musical underground in the shadow of the corporate-entertainment industry and it continues to subvert and inspire.”

Here's a feature on Carducci in this week's LA Weekly: