The Artwork of Locrian's Terrence Hannum

Locrian has long been a favorite of HSS; what they create is some of the most interesting, thought-provoking and downright engaging music that you can find, incorporating elements of various types of extreme music - drone, noise, metal, ambient... the list goes on. With each release, they seem to break new ground and step into new musical territory - something that few bands or artists can truly claim to do with any sort of authenticity.

So it shouldn't surprise any of us that founding Locrian member Terrence Hannum's visual art - in the form of drawings, paintings and even some video work - should do the same thing. I've seen only photos, but the work contained therein is as captivating and intense as anything Locrian has recorded.

If you are anywhere near Chicago, or will find yourself near Chicago between now and February 19th, you are strongly recommended to stop by Western Exhibitions, on N. Peoria Street to check out Terrence's show.

(Note: If you liked our recently concluded Horseback contest, there is a Locrian contest in the works as well. Keep your eyes peeled.)

The remainder of the text in this post will consist of the Press Release for Mr. Hannum's show. Enjoy.

WESTERN EXHIBITIONS 119 N Peoria St, 2nd FL, Chicago, IL 60607 USA | (312) 480-8390 | |
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11am to 6pm
January 15 to February 19, 2011

In Gallery 2

Negative Litanies

Terence Hannum's drawings, paintings and video installations cull the periphery of heavy metal and hardcore music subcultures to analyze the nexus of music, myth, audience and ritual. In addition to the above work, Hannum is a prolific zine maker and for his show in Western Exhibitions’ Gallery 2, Hannum will present a boxset of 12 zines, all made in 2010, as well as drawings, paintings and other work that inspired the publications.

Exemplifying the DIY spirit inherent in the scenes he’s documenting, his use of the zine relates to the format’s origin, that of the self-produced fanzine. Hannum recontextualizes elements of his drawings, paintings, installations and even sound work in his zines, at times documenting the above works, but also casting new narratives intrinsic to the multi-page format.

Every month in 2010 Hannum produced a new zine, each one taking a different format, maximizing the possibilities of the cheaply printed page. He achieves remarkable textures, surfaces and images through seemingly simple combinations of toner on white, black and gray papers. Every subsequent zine ups the ambition from the prior one, as Hannum experiments with color xeroxes, collaborations (with New York artist Scott Treleaven and Chicagoan Elijah Burgher), vellum, sealed wax covers, obi bands and mini-CDs. Hannum pushes the zine to its extremes, much like the extreme sonic scenes he’s documenting and influenced by.

This is Terence Hannum’s first solo show at Western Exhibitions. In the fall of 2010, he presented solo shows at the Richard Peeler Center on the campus of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and at Peregrine Projects in Chicago. Other solo shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Light & Sie in Dallas, 40000 in Chicago and The Suburban in Oak Park, Illinois. His collaborations with New York-based artist Scott Treleaven have been shown at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago the The Breeder in Athens. Hannum’s work has been written about by Dennis Cooper on his blog and discussed in Artnet, Beautiful/Decay, Bad at Sports, New City, the Dallas Morning News, the Chicago Tribune, ArtUS and Punk Planet. His zines and publications are in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Indiana University, Herron School of Art and Design, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University. Hannum received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Chicago is where he lives and works.


Anonymous said...

Awesome stuff!

N. said...

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

a death cinematic ::: simple box construction said...

totally agreed. really cool and great stuff. would love to see it in person.