The title of this exhibition refers to the 1954 science fiction film THEM! and celebrates the notion of the rebellious and experimental nature of the artist. It is also an admiring nod to the 1968 Japanese science fiction film Destroy All Monsters, which lent its name to the 1973 Detroit anti-rock band formed by artists Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw. It embraces a time, both past and present, that recognizes artists who are equally passionate about sound and image.
This show featured photographers who are musicians. Many of the artists also write, make videos, have produced photography books and presented music on vinyl and other sound sharing formats. THEM! explored how these creative relationships may (or may not) exist for each artist.
Photographic images, video, and ephemera were presented along with the music and sound compositions of each artist. Visitors were encouraged to look and listen to what each artist has created.
The photographers/musicians in this show are Melissa Auf der Maur, Tim Davis, Joseph Desler Costa, Jacob Koestler, Darin Mickey, and Nick Zinner.
The Transformer Station will also be featuring the hand-poured, hand-pressed, one-of-a-kind records created by WAX MAGE vinyl artists Heather Gmucs and Sarah Barker and made in Cleveland at Gotta Groove Records.
This exhibition was organized by Transformer Station.