posted August 26, 2008Tweet
As extreme music continues to permeate the mainstream, becoming not only tolerable to pop culture, but in high demand, it only makes sense that the mainstream art world would experience a parallel progression – a shift to the art of the "underground." Open nearly any magazine these days and it becomes immediately apparent that advertisers are making great use of the "grungy" look that was oh-so-popular in the artwork and design used for punk, hardcore and metal bands several years back. As one of the leading pioneers in the field of music-based design, the Sons Of Nero design group is poised to not only prove why its art style is one of the most emulated in the field, but also to showcase that same work as fine art with its first-ever gallery showing at Lancaster, PA's Metropolis Gallery.
Having worked for such heavyweight names as Every Time I Die, Chiodos, Unearth, Dillinger Escape Plan, it's no wonder that Sons Of Nero is apace setter in aesthetic trends in the underground. As one of the head-honchos behind successful metal/hardcore label Ferret Music, it's safe to say Sons Of Nero founder Portland has his finger on the pulse of the industry.
"Since we work primarily in the music industry, we get the amazing opportunity of helping to brand a band and shape what is, hopefully, the better parts of its life," explains Portland. "It's an unbelievable feeling and we wouldn't trade it for the world."
No stranger to the collision of art and music, Metropolis has previously showcased events such as "Everbody Make Some Noise!" a traveling art show organized by A.K.A.s frontman and artist Mike Ski, as well as "Paper + Plastic," featuring pieces by Ski, Vinny Fiorello of Less Than Jake and many other notable musicians.
The opening reception for the Sons Of Nero show is November 7th, 2008. The event will feature various pieces of the artists' extensive portfolio in a variety of media, available for purchase as fine-art prints, silk-screened posters, original illustrations and more.
Metropolis is both a retail store and art gallery located in the heart of downtown Lancaster, PA, which features an amalgam of mid-century modern furniture, designer art toys and modern art. Metropolis's founders, Angelo and Lisa Madrigale, have deep roots in independent music culture, including a combined 30 years of experience in music retail.
Additionally, Angelo, a former music journalist, has interviewed everyone from Rage Against The Machine to The Misfits to Henry Rollins To Wesley Willis. Madrigale has also released three lauded albums as drummer for the post-punk outfit Sadaharu. In addition to holding the position of head-buyer for Tower Records' main store in Detroit, Lisa has 10 years of experience as a show promoter in the greater Detroit area, having booked acts such as The Offspring, NOFX, Afghan Whigs and The Jesus Lizard.