Nasher Sculpture Center presents “Dramastics: A Punk Rock Victory Twister in Texas” preview
The Nasher Sculpture Center will present an exhibition preview of “Dramastics: A Punk Rock Victory Twister in Texas,” an exhibition by Nathan Carter. The preview will include a film screening and live performance, in collaboration with the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival.
In a fantastical cornucopia of color, form, and gesture, Carter introduces figuration into his work, presenting the story of a fictional punk rock band who call themselves the Dramastics. The band, and the world Carter created for them, are the focus of his first video titled The Dramastics are Loud AF (2016), which tells the story of the band’s rise to stardom in a series of vignettes, starting with The Dramastics’ formation at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas and ending with a world tour finale in Paris.
The characters in the all-female punk rock band, inspired by real-life groups like The Slits, Blondie, and Bikini Kill, are 10-inch tall paper, glue, paint and wire cutout figures set in dioramas. Carter describes the scenes in the dioramas as “places a touring band might visit: a steamy, malodorous rehearsal space and various exotic locations to perform live, including the Saigon City Roller Discotek, a High Desert generator party, and a full-scale model of Paris, France for the film’s final scene.”
For his exhibition in the Nasher’s Corner Gallery, Carter will present the film alongside the dioramic environs created for the film in an amalgam of textiles, collages, works on paper, and a full-size sound stage.