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LETHAL AMOUNTS PRESENTS I AGAINST I: THE ART OF HR HUDSON & LORI HUDSON

LETHAL AMOUNTS PRESENTS

I AGAINST I

THE ART OF HR HUDSON & LORI HUDSON

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Los Angeles gallery Lethal Amounts is honored to announce i against i, an exhibition of new work from HR and Lori Hudson. Paul “HR” Hudson is best known as the frontman of the iconic punk band Bad Brains, formed in 1979. With unprecedented speed and precision, Bad Brains took the Washington, DC music scene by storm and quickly became one of the most influential bands of all time, breaking down cultural barriers and creating emotionally charged music centered on the message of maintaining a positive mental attitude (PMA).

“HR and Bad Brains to me represent fearlessness and going with your gut,” says Lethal Amounts owner and Creative Director Danny Fuentes. “The first time I put on their first album I could sense them putting their heart and soul into their art. The ferocity coming through the speakers made your blood pump and made it an almost religious experience. You wanted to feel what they were feeling and believe in something as much as they do. This is the exact feeling I am trying replicate with the shows we produce at Lethal Amounts. You can’t ignore things that come across so sincere and make you aspire to be better than anything you ever imagined.”

HR  currently performs with Philadelphia musicians Ezekiel Zagar (original McRad) and Josh Freshy as HR & Human Rights, and is currently working on a solo album. In addition to Human Rights,  HR has been in the studio working with Ty Dolla $ign and Vic Mensa.

“HR is by far one of the greatest artists, writers, and musicians of all time, to say the least. I grew up listening to Bad Brains and play their music before every show of mine to this day. I love how HR was always saying what needed to be heard in his lyrics. He stood for something at all times and was always growing to be a better person while bringing his fans along for the ride.” – Ty Dolla $ign

Lori Carns Hudson is a contemporary artist working mostly in acrylic, incorporating smooth textures and a combination of painterly and true to life details, often exposing herself through self-portraits, her work is about connection and loss. In it, she shares where she feels pain and where she finds healing.

Lori and HR met in Baltimore in 2001  where they began to form a friendship. That friendship blossomed into a romantic relationship and the two were married in October of 2012. Throughout the early years of their friendship and marriage, Lori played the role of wife and caregiver addressing HR’s mental health and his worsening headaches. After much trial and error HR was diagnosed with  SUNCT (Short-lasting Unilateral Neuralgiform headache attacks with Conjunctival injection and Tearing), also nicknamed “Suicide Syndrome.” HR underwent brain surgery in 2017 to relieve the headaches. He made a full recovery and continues to live most free from his crippling headaches, allowing him the time and space to work on his music, art, and marriage.

The exhibit is a collaborative effort in both inspiration and execution by HR and Lori.  The private show opening, for which both artists will be in attendance, will be held on June 1st at 8 pm at the Lethal Amounts gallery. To attend the event reply here or rsvp to rsvp@sideways-media.com.

i against i  Opening

Saturday, June 1 @ 8 PM

Lethal Amounts Gallery

1226 W. 7th St Los Angeles CA 90017

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LETHAL AMOUNTS PRESENTS: COMMUNITY GUIDELINES EXHIBIT

LETHAL AMOUNTS PRESENTS: COMMUNITY GUIDELINES EXHIBIT

OPENING RECEPTION FEBRUARY 14

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The show provides each artist the freedom to display work that has been removed by Instagram or Facebook, thus giving these pieces an uncensored platform to promote their work. The pieces feature in the show have all been suspended on social media due their subject matter related to gender identity, sexuality and the human form.

Social Media has democratized how art is discovered and consumed. Artists are no longer at the mercy of the gatekeepers of the art world  (journalists, gallerists etc.) for their work to be shown. With the tap of a screen up and coming artists are able to share their work with the world and cultivate their own communities online.  For up and coming artists, and in the case of nearly every artist showing in Community Guidelines, social media is their lifeline. It is how they reach and audience, create communities and generate revenue for their work.

The show brings into question the definition of creative freedom. In an industry (social media) that has become a cultural phenomenon for enabling connection and self-expression Community Guidelines raises the question of how truly free the freedom of expression is be sold by these platforms.

Community Guidelines opens Friday February 15th with a private viewing party taking place on Thursday February 14th. RSVP for both events HERE or to rsvp@sideways-media.com

SHOWCASING ARTISTS

3rd EyeChakra (@3rd_eyechakra)

BabyRatta (@_d1e_)

Lewis G Burton (@lewisgburton)

Parker Day (@heyparkerday)

Dahc Dermur VIII (@dahc_dermur_viii)

Jason Ebeyer (@jasonebeyer)

Aun Helden (@aunhelden)

Agustin Hernandez (@agvstin)

Latex Lucifer (@latexluciferr__)

Fecal Matter (@matieresfecales)

Orograph (@orograph)

Possessed (@_possessed_)

Princess Austen (@princessausten)

Salvia (@salvjiia)

Shmue1l (@shmue1l)

Mimi Virus (@mimivirusofficial)

Opening Party

February 14 2019

11PM - LATE

Performances by Abhora (USA), Salvia (UK), and Mimi Virus (Canada).

DJ's: Parma Ham


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LETHAL AMOUNTS PRESENTS SEX CELLS: NEW YEAR’S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA

LETHAL AMOUNTS PRESENTS SEX CELLS: NEW YEAR’S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA

MONDAY DEC. 31 2018 @ 9:00 PM -2:00 AM

AGES 21 +

THE ECHOPLEX - 1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Resident DJ’s Danny Lethal and Matthew Pernicano

“It’s my kind of  playground...one for us fabulous freaks”  ~Traci Lords

This holiday season, ring in the new year right by joining Los Angeles’ Lethal Amounts for their annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza at the Echoplex on Dec. 31st. The soon to be legendary night will feature performances by industrial godfathers and Chicago Wax Trax legends My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, electronic pioneer and legendary DJ Egyptian Lover and NYC’S premier queer duo Sateen.

“The world is losing its religion but LA has a new punk pope in Fuentes and Sex Cells is our church. Sex cells ....best  party this side of the fucken apocalypse mother fuckers better know”

~DJ  Keoki

Sex Cells is a monthly club night, started two years ago by Lethal Amounts owner and creative head Danny Fuentes as a platform to showcase underground artists. Since then, it has single handedly re-energized the nightlife scene in Los Angeles with its imaginative curation and colorful cast of characters who attend each month. They have become known for bringing together a wide variety of talent, cultivating an environment of openness and their notorious, one-of-a-kind lineups. It has hosted a number of incredible artists and creative guests such as Sky Ferreira, Cold Cave, Brooke Candy, Miss Kittin, Amanda LePore, Traci Lords, Prayers and other luminaries in the underground nightlife world.

“Sex Cells is total freedom. A post-everything universe of its own... what you spent your whole youth imagining what the night could be.” ~Wes Eisold of Cold Cave

MONDAY DEC. 31 2018 @ 9:00 PM -2:00 AM

AGES 21 +

THE ECHOPLEX - 1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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LETHAL AMOUNTS GALLERY ANNOUNCES THE DEBUT EXHIBIT FROM ERICA WEITZ

LOS ANGELES GALLERY LETHAL AMOUNTS PRESENTS:

PRIMORDIAL ORDER

Debut Exhibit from Erica Weitz

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Los Angeles gallery Lethal Amounts is proud to present the opening of Primordial Order, the very first solo exhibit by multi-disciplinary artist Erica Weitz. Opening night will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1st from 7-10 PM. The exhibition is a conceptual series of photography produced using the wet plate collodion technique, one of the first forms of photography from the 1850’s, and one Weitz is completely self-taught in. In this alchemical darkroom process, light activated silver is directly exposed onto black metal plates

Primordial Order serves as an experimental deep dive into entropy. It’s a collection of 13 images depicting universal motion from order to chaos. It harnesses the power of alchemy and numerology to navigate the journey of bringing these concepts to life through photography. Numerically, the show starts at 1 being a single exposure representing order, 2 a double exposure, 3 a triple exposure and up to 13 exposures in an image showcasing chaos.

Weitz is a Los Angeles based artist who graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree concentrating in painting and photography. Working in the field of documentary photography, she has traveled extensively while continuing a painting practice. Her work centers around themes of archetypal symbolism, spirituality and the human psyche. Having thrown underground art shows for years, Weitz is thrilled to finally bring her work to a gallery setting.


ABOUT LETHAL AMOUNTS

Lethal Amounts inhabits a physical gallery space in downtown Los Angeles that features three exhibition rooms and over 2,500 sq. ft.  The gallery focuses on subversive and counter culture themes throughout history, addressing the social and artistic value of underground movements while highlighting taboo topics. They showcase the extremes of individuals who have moved culture forwards, living on the edge and outside of societal norms. Rock ’n Roll of the past that has crossed over into pop culture fanaticism, street culture influences and cult hero worship. Artist who have shown in the gallery include Leee Black Childers (the house photographer for Andy Warhol’s Factory), famed punk rock photographer Edward Colver, Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Al Jourgensen, Psychic TV, John Wayne Gacy and more. Highlights from the past year include the “Nick Cave Smoking” exhibit, Shawn M. Crahan (of Slipknot’s) “His Whores Exhibit,” and an Anton LaVey event featuring an exhibit of photography and ephemera from the colorful, and notorious cultural icon.

“he has also championed people…...unconventional artists — many of them women, Latinx or LGBTQ — whose work is too provocative for more mainstream galleries.”

–The Los Angeles Times on Lethal Amounts owner Danny Fuentes


ERICA WEITZ

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LETHAL AMOUNTS ANNOUNCES SPIRITUAL CRAMP: A DOCUMENTARY ON CHRISTIAN DEATH AND ROZZ WILLIAMS

LETHAL AMOUNTS ANNOUNCES SPIRITUAL CRAMP: A DOCUMENTARY ON THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHRISTIAN DEATH AND ROZZ WILLIAMS

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Los Angeles gallery and promoter Lethal Amounts is excited to announce the documentary Spiritual Cramp, a film on the life of Rozz Williams, frontman of seminal goth rock band, Christian Death. Lethal Amounts has partnered with Pledge Music to raise funds to further the production of the documentary. Items available through Pledge Music include rare, limited edition merchandise, art pieces and collectors items. To see the full list of items click HERE.

Spiritual Cramp is more than just a music bio about a death-rock band. It examines the life of Rozz Williams - a young artist coming of age during the California punk explosion of the late 70s. At the young age of 16, Rozz Williams and his friends started Christian Death in their garage as a reaction to the growing hyper-masculine, straight male dominated SoCal punk scene. Christian Death ignited a new musical genre and opened the doors to what later became known as the Goth subculture.

The name Christian Death was an act of defiance in itself, especially for Williams. He grew up in an extremely religious household, and was brought up being told that to be gay sent you straight to hell. Christian Death’s music and their existence as a band acted as a rejection of traditional modes of thought and damaging religious beliefs. Their live shows blurred the lines between art and shock. The band gained a cult-like following around the world, influencing generations of outsiders and countless boundary pushing icons such as Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor.

Historically, Christian Death is important to the narrative of California music but what’s more, Williams is an archetype for the tortured artist. People looked up to his bravery as he fearlessly dressed in women’s clothing on and off stage in a time and a scene where that kind of self-expression could lead to arrest or even being killed. His image was not meant to be glamorous but to be feared and avoided. Much like Ian Curtis, Amy Winehouse or Kurt Cobain, Williams shared the same dilemma – trying to strike a balance between art and overcoming personal trauma.

Williams’ lifelong battle with depression eventually defeated him in 1998. He took his own life in a way that some may interpret as a staged, elaborate April Fool’s Day “prank” art tableau.

This documentary has been a longtime dream of Lethal Amounts owner and creative director Danny Fuentes. Fuentes grew up in the violent 90’s punk scene of East Los Angeles, dominated by hypermasculine and oftentimes homophobic attitudes. He often  felt obligated to keep his sexuality to himself in order to fit in. When he became interested in Christian Death he was fascinated and inspired by how bold Rozz Williams was when walking around in “Drag” at a punk show. To Fuentes, Williams was the embodiment of strength and fearlessness.

To honor the life of Rozz Williams, Lethal Amounts opened an exhibit at the gallery space in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday April 1st - marking the 20th anniversary of Williams’ passing. The exhibit includes never before seen Christian Death photos by legendary rock photographer Edward Colver, lyric sheets, set lists, original artwork, and personal artifacts that give an intimate look into his life as an artist. The exhibit will be up through the middle of April.

ABOUT LETHAL AMOUNTS

Lethal Amounts focuses on subversive and counter culture themes throughout history, addressing the social and artistic value of underground movements while highlighting taboo topics. Lethal Amounts showcases the extremes of those individuals who have moved culture forward and live on the edge of and outside of societal norms. Rock ‘n Roll of the past that has crossed over into pop culture fanaticism, street culture influences and cult hero worship.

Lethal Amounts inhabits a physical gallery space in downtown Los Angeles that features three exhibition rooms and over 2,500 sq. ft. In addition to the gallery space Lethal Amounts hosts and produces events throughout Los Angeles, including the monthly Sex Cells party, as well as a clothing line that partners with like-minded musicians and artists to release original licensed shirt designs and more.

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LETHAL AMOUNTS PRESENTS : THE DIVINE BALL - A TRIBUTE TO DIVINE 3/31 @ THE EL REY

LETHAL AMOUNTS PRESENTS SEX CELLS : THE DIVINE BALL MARCH 31st AT THE EL REY

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“ the Goddess of Gross, the Punk Elephant, the Big Bad Mama of the Midnight Movies... [and] a Miss Piggy for the blissfully deprave.” - People Magazine on Divine

Lethal Amounts in conjunction with Goldenvoice, is excited to announce the Sex Cells Divine Ball, a tribute to the legendary pop culture icon Divine. Bold, brassy and deliciously vile,  Harris Glenn Milstead’s drag persona Divine was the muse of legendary filmmaker John Waters. Divine was the star of Waters’ most celebrated and career defining early films including Female Trouble, Polyester, and Pink Flamingos which went on to be a hit in the U.S. midnight movie circuit, becoming a cult classic and establishing Divine's fame within the American counterculture.

In addition to film, Divine made a career in disco releasing several successful albums and singles. She went on to perform in plays, and even developed her own stage show. Divine is probably best known for playing not one but two roles in John Waters’ most popular and most mainstream film Hairspray. Edna Turnblad, the loving mother of the lead character Tracy; the second, that of the racist television station owner Arvin Hodgepile.

Divine died in 1988 but her legacy is ever present through her films, her influence on artists and musicians, and the even the Disney villain Ursula from The Little Mermaid is based on her. She remains an icon and role model for outsiders and underdogs, and created the blueprint for the body positive movement making her the perfect centerpiece for Sex Cells, the monthly club night created by Lethal Amounts owner Danny Fuentes, that attracts a wide array of colorful characters due to the openness of the environment, and creative freedom Fuentes and his team foster and encourage. “I saw Pink Flamingos when I was thirteen,” says Fuentes. “I was probably far too young to watch it. It made me feel an array of emotions from scared to demoralized,  to laughing out loud, but most importantly in changed my life and put me on the course for what I am doing now, assaulting people’s senses.”

“Sex Cells is an open place for each individual who can be who he wants to be, no matter of age, race, gender, sexuality. Values I always defended and are more precious than ever.” -Miss Kittin

The night will feature Lethal Amounts’ resident DJ’s Matthew Pernicano and Danny Lethal, and a “Divine” contest with a $500 cash prize for the “Best Divine.” The night will feature celebrity judge Mink Stole with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

SEX CELLS : DIVINE BALL

Saturday  March 31ST @ The El Rey

515 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90036

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LETHAL AMOUNTS PRESENTS: METAL ON METAL

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METAL ON METAL: A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT FROM LEVAN TK

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Lethal Amounts in conjunction with Church of the 8th Day are excited to be presenting the very first solo exhibition, Metal on Metal, by the acclaimed internationally published photographer and Los Angeles local Levan TK, on Saturday December 9th. The exhibit will be featuring a selection of over 20 of Levan's original concert photographs printed on sheets of metal.

Levan specializes in concert photography, possessing a natural eye for composition and lighting, capturing the essence of some of the world’s most provocative artists. Levan’s versatility as an artist has lead him to compile an impressive portfolio that includes events, portraiture, performance, glamour, and fashion. Levan’s work has taken him around the globe shooting some of the world’s most influential bands at prominent European and North American music festivals, such as Roadburn in Netherlands, Inferno Festival in Norway, Maryland Deathfest and The Psych Las Vegas Festival. His work has been featured in a large variety of notable publications. His ongoing work can be found in LA Weekly and on his instagram account.

The opening night reception will feature guest DJ's  Dino Cazares (Fear Factory, Asesino) Katon W. De Pena (HIRAX), Scott Carlson (Repulsion, The Superbees), J. Bennet (Ides Of Gemini, Mustard Gas and Roses) and Daniel Dismal (Crematorium, Church of the 8th Day)

METAL ON METAL AT LETHAL AMOUNTS GALLERY

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9 8PM

226 W 7th St, Los Angeles, California 90017

EVENT INFORMATION

ABOUT LETHAL AMOUNTS

Lethal Amounts, the creation of Danny Fuentes, focuses on subversive and counter culture themes throughout history, addressing the social and artistic value of underground movements while highlighting taboo topics. Lethal Amounts showcases the extremes of those individuals who have moved culture forward and live on the edge of and outside of societal norms. Rock ‘n Roll of the past that has crossed over into pop culture fanaticism, street culture influences and cult hero worship.

Lethal Amounts inhabits a physical gallery space in downtown Los Angeles that features three exhibition rooms and over 2,500 sq. ft. In addition to the gallery space, Lethal Amounts hosts and produces events throughout Los Angeles, including the monthly Sex Sells party, a clothing line that sees them partner with like minded musicians and artists to release original licensed shirt designs and more.

LETHAL AMOUNTS

1226 W. 7th St Los Angeles CA 90017

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LETHAL AMOUNTS PRESENTS: DISOBEY (ANTON LAVEY EXHIBIT)

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Los Angeles, CA- Lethal Amounts  is proud to present the Anton LaVey Exhibition chronicling Dr. LaVey’s influence on American culture. LaVey, founded the Church of Satan in 1966 with a belief system between religion, philosophy, psychology, and carnival. At the core of the Church is Satan was the idea of vital existence; rejecting the idea of submission and restraint prevalent in Christian based faiths of the time. 

The Church welcomed outsiders, the LGBT community,  non-conformists  and radical thinkers. The religion was designed for the intellectual elite, empowering the concept of self-acceptance and ridding the guilt of carnal delights. The message was “If you couldn’t enjoy the thrills of life, what is the point of life itself?” 

The Satanic Bible, published in 1969, sent shockwaves across America cultural landscape,   challenging  traditional values, and  playing a role in the conclusion of the Summer of Love. By the time the book was published Dr. LaVey had built a loyal following,  including high profile celebrities like Sammy Davis Jr. and Jayne Mansfield, and from the media frenzy around his sensationalized weddings, funerals, and baptisms. LaVey passed to the other side on October 31, 1997. In the twenty years since his passing, the legend,  lore and work of Dr. LaVey continues to intrigue and inspire,  and his influence has remained prevalent throughout popular culture for generations.  

To honor his legacy of challenging societal norms with theatrics and flare,  Lethal Amounts will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of  Dr. LaVey’s final curtain through a special event on October 31st at the Black Rabbit Rose/Madame Siam’s. The event will consist of an exhibition of items on loan from collectors around the world. On display there will be rare and never before seen photographs (for sale), original art by LaVey himself, original books, writings, personal items, artifacts from the Black House, ephemera, and more. 

The event will include a lecture from long time collaborator and noted film director Kenneth Anger for VIP ticket purchasers,  a Black Mass performed at midnight by former high priest of the Church of Satan, Steven Leyba. Twiggy Ramirez will be DJing the event and those in attendance will include notable friends and fans such as Glenn Danzig, Matt Skiba, his grandson Stanton LaVey, and more.  

When: Tuesday, October 31st  Halloween night
Where: Black Rabbit Rose / Madame Siam

1719 N Hudson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Tickets: $50GA/$100 VIP can be purchased HERE 
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ABOUT LETHAL AMOUNTS
Lethal Amounts the creation of Danny Fuentes  focuses on subversive and counter culture themes throughout history, addressing the social and artistic value of underground movements while highlighting taboo topics. Lethal Amounts showcases the extremes of those individuals who have moved culture forward and live on the edge of  and outside of societal norms. Rock ‘n Roll of the past that has crossed over into pop culture fanaticism, street culture influences and cult hero worship. Lethal Amounts inhabits a physical gallery space in downtown Los Angeles that features three exhibition rooms and over 2,500 sq. ft. In addition to the gallery space Lethal Amounts hosts and produces events throughout Los Angeles, including the monthly Sex Sells party,  a clothing line that sees them partner with like minded musicians and artists to release original licensed shirt designs and more.

LETHAL AMOUNTS
1226 W. 7th St Los Angeles CA 90017
Store Hours: Saturday & Sunday 12pm-8pm
213-265-7452  |  INFO@LETHALAMOUNTS.COM