Only one week left to discover Lydia Breckenbridge: African-American punk rock quilts at the 30 South – Los Angeles Sentinel gallery | Los Angeles Sentry

Only one week left to discover Lydia Breckenbridge: African-American punk rock quilts at the 30 South gallery

Rare exhibit to experience the work of an incredible late-career vernacular artist who celebrates music through textiles and has spent time with artists from Billy Idol to Michael Jackson

Show ends September 30, 2018

Gallery 30 South, one of the nation’s most popular galleries for emerging and internationally renowned artists and pop culture enthusiasts is currently hosting the very first rare exhibition – LYDIA BRECKENBRIDGE: AFRICAN AMERICAN PUNK ROCK QUILTS until September 30, 2018. This is the last week to experience this extraordinary spectacle.

Lydia Breckenridge got Billy Idol out of bed and refused dates with Mark Mothersbaugh, Harry Nillson, George Harrison and Bob dylan because she was too busy playing in Bone heads, the flagship LA Punk band that launched the career of Craig Lee (author of Hardcore california), Robert Lopez (co-founder of Zeros, better known as El Vez: the Mexican Elvis), Elissa Bello (co-founder of Go-Go), and Alice Bag (front-woman for The bags) – which Lydia replaced.

Soon after, Lydia found herself working on producing music videos for artists such as A-Ha, Scorpions and Michael Jackson.

Lydia’s punk roots can be traced back to her days at the Wilton Hilton (featured on the cover of The Cramps “Psychedelic Jungle”) where she lived with Kid Congo. Frequent visitors were members of the Blasters, Flyboys, Screamers, Lydia Lunch, Twisted Roots, and Gun Club’s Jeffrey (who screwed up the rug by decorating his denim jacket with fake blood).

One of the last pieces completed is the most provocative; a tribute to Heather Heyer who was killed a year ago when a car hit a crowd of people protesting against white nationalists at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lydia combined her love for the quilt with her musical background to create pieces inspired by her memories of the early days of the punk rock scene, incorporating 80s motifs with age-old craftsmanship.

The artwork in this exhibition represents both an affront and a continuation of classic themes and quilting patterns that have been influenced by African aesthetic, religious and cultural traditions. Lydia Breckenridge’s punk-rock take on the African-American quilt isn’t just innovative, it’s a form of autobiography of a first wave LA Punk Rocker. What could be more punk rock than to subvert a tradition born out of slavery and recast it into a form of empowered memory?

Lydia Breckenridge was born in Los Angeles in 1956. She is the beloved manager of Billy Shire’s famous Wacko.

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