“Punk Is Alive” at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth
Artists’ Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9. 6-7pm.
Free and open to the public.
Coincides with the Artist Opening Reception for The Clash on Record.
PUNK IS ALIVE
JJ Gonson and Kim Maroon’s photography capture the raw energy and aliveness of punk, past and present. From basements, to barricades, to festivals, they present performance photography at its finest, capturing the real faces, fun, and fury of punk. Punk is ALIVE and still wielding ideas at the world loud and clear!
About JJ Gonson: Photographer. Localvore. Music-lover. JJ Gonson has had a camera in her hand for most of her waking hours and most of her life, a large amount of her work is of punk/hardcore bands taken in the dank clubs of the Boston area between 1985-1991. Unafraid to climb stacks of amps and speakers or bang around in the pits with beer and sweat to get the best shots, JJ captures the living, in-your-face passion and power of punk rock in the 80s and early 90s.
About Kimberly Maroon: Kimberly Maroon’s interest in photography ignited in 2003 when she brought her 35mm Minolta camera to a campus show at the University of Delaware. Through music, she learned how to be a photographer and how to connect with people. Kim quickly became part of the punk and hardcore music scenes, mesmerized by the wild energy and chaos at shows, and the community that accompanied it. From 2003 – 2011, she traveled between Delaware, New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia documenting bands and crowds from basements, bars, and theaters to arenas, festivals, and even a bowling alley. Regardless of the venue, she finds the connection of the community and subculture built around this music to be unwavering and she continues to keep an intimate record through her photographs.
Kim has lived in the Allston neighborhood of Boston since 2011 and received her MFA from the Dynamic Media Institute at MassArt. She is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker while also working as an experience designer. Kim creates visual content for a variety of active and lifestyle brands such as Red Bull, GoPro, Do617, and ICA Boston. She has exhibited her work in Portland, OR and throughout New England, and is currently exhibiting select photographs from The Race of Gentlemen (Pismo, CA and Wildwood, NJ – 2016-2018) at Mingo Gallery in Beverly, MA.
This photography exhibit is part of The Clash: Loud and Clear event series presented by 3S Artspace.
About Clash! Loud and Clear: In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of The Clash’s iconic album, London Calling, 3S Artspace presents a series of events, exhibits, and activities related to music’s ability to instigate, motivate, and encourage action.
Here’s a list of other Clash! Loud and Clear events happening in March at 3S:
- March 1 – 24: The Clash on Record (Todd Radict’s vinyl collection on view) / Performance Space
- March 7 – London Calling Listening Session and Pop Up Record Shop / Performance Space / 7-9pm / Free
- March 9 – Rollercoaster: A Family Friendly Dance Party featuring button making (punk rock style!) and a Portsmouth Middle School zine showcase / 2-4pm / Free for parents & tots under 2 / $10 1st child / $5 additional siblings
- March 9 – Exhibit Opening Reception for The Clash on Record / 6-7pm / Free
- March 9 – Super Black Market Clash City Rockers play London Calling (& other songs from The Clash) / 8pm / $18 Members / $20 General Admission
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