An Art Exhibit Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Pigface
A full retrospective of the band’s handmade, custom scenery spanning 18 albums and 12 tours
The 50+ piece installation will be on display through May 5
You could call PIGFACE25 the chaotic post-punk industrial icing on a very baked cake.
The band’s huge, iconic stage scenery, designed with repurposing in mind, breaks down into easy-to-carry pieces. Perhaps the Dot Screened Madonnas (Preaching to the Perverted stage scenery, 2001) illustrate this best: designed to be cut up and given away or sold after the tour, they exemplify a balance between beauty and purpose, creativity and commerce. TheEye piece (Free for All stage scenery, 2005) is 20 feet high and also available as a limited edition blotter acid paper print. TheFook Baby Backdrop from 1992, never before displayed, showcases the latex work of extreme artist Tim Gore.
In addition to the large-scale art, PIGFACE25 will also feature other media: A 12” x 16” sculpture incorporated in the booklet for Pigface’s 1994 album, Notes from Thee Underground (which inspired a stage set covered in dot-screened Newcastle Brown Ale bottle caps), some of Martin’s iconic stage wear (including his first punk suit created by multi-Oscar winner Sandy Powell), and an interactive photo wall.
Further cause for celebration is the fifth anniversary of the SAE Chicago Music Business Culminating Project, which prompts graduating students to collide with the real world head-on, hands-on.
Reception with the artist to follow RSVP required
RSVP for #PIGFACE25
Thursdays 4 – 6 PM
Saturdays 11 AM – 3 PM
or by appointment
Presented by: 2112, Inc., ChicagoMusic.org, SAE Institute Chicago