An Immersive Narrative Experience
In 1988, four misfit drama geeks started a band only to have their bassist mysteriously disappear on the eve of their big gig.
It's a story of love, loss, leather and so many clove cigarettes against a backdrop of Reaganomics, the Berlin Wall and the burgeoning AIDS epidemic. Into this tumult Le Drama Clüb formed – or would've if it were real. Instead, its members, songs, images and band-related ephemera have been invented by a team of creatives led by Petaluma conceptual artists Daedalus Howell and Karen Hell. The idea was simple: Consolidate the collective narratives of a particular time and place and reimagine them as a new story – one born from forgotten memories and dreams broken over the knobby knee of adolescence.
“The exhibit is not intended to fool anyone but rather invites attendees to participate by sharing their own ‘memories’ of the band that never was – because at some point, usually as misfit teens, we’re all rock stars in our hearts," says Howell.
Collaborators also include Shannon Ferguson (of NYC-based major label veterans Longwave), Ryan Lely (most recently the visual director of Francis Ford Coppola Presents), Orion Letizi (songwriter of Berkeley’s Animal Hours) and Abe Levy (proprietor of Toronto-based Baldwin Street Sound).
The exhibit, which includes original music listening stations, posters, album covers, costumes and a bevy of cultural arcana runs for a limited two week engagement, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m., Saturday, November 5, The Back House Gallery, Heebe Jeebe, 41 Kentucky St., Petaluma, CA.
Limited edition commemorative Le Drama Clüb T-shirts, buttons and stickers will be available to purchase. A wine reception with the artists begins at 6 p.m.