The burgeoning punk rock music scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s
in East Los Angeles provided an electrically charged, creative climate.
This scene created an atmosphere where performance mixed with poetry,
and visual culture was defined by an aesthetic and an attitude. Artists
and musicians interfaced and blurred the lines of actions,
documentation, photography, sound and style. Taking its name from the
all-ages music club The Vex, once housed within East Los Angeles’ Self
Help Graphics and Art, Vexing is an historical investigation of the women who were at the forefront
of this movement of experimentation in music, art, culture and
politics, while exploring their lasting legacies and contemporary
practices. This documentary-style exhibition will include photo, video
and audio archives of the era as well as studio work encompassing
painting, installation, writings and performance.