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99 HOOKER from REV 99 IS A MASH UP MONSTER. BAY AREA SHOW ON OCT. 17, 2010 NOT TO BE MISSED!

October 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Media

I’ve been a fan of Rev 99 for years having been introduced to the group by one of its main contributors Donald O’Finn. Now, 99 Hooker will be highlighting his Bay Area collaborations in his first screening here in many years. “Next!” is the west coast debut of acclaimed alt.doc on artist and character Ernst Benkert; Attention Deficit Gift is a mind bending mash-up mind of old and new work.
The program kick-offs with a couple of gems from the Bay Area ImprovCore scene: Bible Launcher and Fracture.

99 Hooker is an active member of the ImprovCore and experimental art scenes of the Bay Area in the 90s, 99 Hooker’s “ferocious” saxophone is featured in ths program with legendary jazz butchers “Fracture” and Bible Launcher – the infamous Tzadik release even John Zorn had to pull from the shelves. Other Bay Area artists featured in the program include Thollem McDonas, LX Rudis (label mate on Ernesto Diaz-Infante’s SF PAX Recordings), and Oakland’s late great The Molecules.

NEXT! (previews available at www.ernstgrid.com)

Ernst Benkert participated in the breakthrough exhibition of “OpArt” at MoMA in 1965, “The Retrospective Eye.” Despite, or perhaps because of, his sudden notoriety, Benkert moved away from the big time art world. Inheriting Eva Hesse’s studio, Benkert’s exploration of the grid became an obsession he suffered and exulted in for years before breaking free just as he was losing his sight. Benkert’s illustrations of crazed, neurotic and hilarious characters began as doodles he did while talking on the phone. Part Otto Dix and part “Tijuana Bibles”, Fone Art eventually pointed a way out of the confines of the purely perceptual. His stackhead series represent a hard-won synthesis of abstract rhythms and delightful misanthropy. The New York Times recently reviewed his work as presented by D. Wigmore Gallery: “alarming, hallucinatory.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/11/arts/design/11galleries-003.html)
99 Hooker spent a year interviewing Benkert. With editor and effects master Michael Garber, they fashioned an interactive
website which utilized the grid to offer the viewer their own narrative to construct. The interactive piece was featured in Prospectives09 (UNLV) and the linear version debuted to a sold out audience at Anthology Film Archives. Music features LX Rudis’ grid instructions, 99 Hooker, Klezmer Madness, David Krakauer, Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder”, sound libraries and more.

Attention Deficit Gift features favorites like the underground laugh riot “Deep Fat Fried Grinder”, “Britney Buddha” (his collaboration with Underground Britney which documented the defacement of Ms. Spears’ posters in the New York subways)
and the haunting “Body Count” mashed-up with new work including “Tiger Woods, Serial Killer,” micro-documentaries on his father’s last days and his sister’s ill-remembered lover, along with 99’s challenging expansion of rev.99’s “Everything Changed After 7-11.” A pastiche of styles, sounds, moods and ideas, Attention Deficit Gift nevertheless delivers a coherent, at times hilarious, and deeply felt sense of everyday American schizophrenia.

Here’s a clip of Splooge from Splash Video.

99 Hooker NEXT to debut in San Francisco Oct. 17

99 Hooker NEXT to debut in San Francisco Oct. 17

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