RARE Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition and independent record shop curated by Seattle-based collaborative studio CMRTYZ. Including original artwork by John Malta, C.M. Ruiz, Cassie Ramone, and Matthew Volz, Psychedelic Summer promises to be this season’s weirdest happening. Stocked with vinyl, limited editions, and assorted lo-fi merch by Bachelor, Captured Tracks, CMRTYZ, Family Time, Floridas Dying, Goner, HoZac, Psychic Lunch, Vice, and others, the shop will occupy the gallery and The Beets and The Babies will perform on opening night.
Psychedelic Summer brings together artists from around the country who share a commitment to the resurgent lo-fi music scene. Characterized by a strong DIY punk ethos, all of the work in this show maintains the grittiness and dreamy quality of the lo-fi music that inspires it.
John Malta presents an installation entitled Moldy Oldies, a wildly colorful, yet dingy basement scene of monsters, video-game consoles, and artifacts of teenage angst constructed from found materials.
Cassie Ramone’s tabletop shrine to Pop Americana is an eerie tribute to life on the road, informed by years of touring around the country with her band Vivian Girls. Also included in the show are a selection of Ramone’s hand-drawn copies of the The Village Voice classified ads.
As the official artist for The Beets, Matthew Volz creates a new tapestry as a backdrop for each of the band’s shows. Volz will debut two brand new works on fabric at Psychedelic Summer, and 50 of his customized t-shirts will be available in the record shop.
C.M. Ruiz works with Xerox and pen, creating bold, abrasive, black & white collages in the tradition of the first punk zines and flyers. In addition to producing original framed pieces for the exhibition, Ruiz constructed and designed the Psychedelic Summer record store installation with collaborator, co-curator, and CMRTYZ head honcho Ty Ziskis.
The artists participating in Psychedelic Summer will be featured in a limited edition newsprint zine designed by Ruiz. Copies will be available at RARE and at Oak in Williamsburg and Manhattan.