Sunday, July 18, 2021

IN THE PIT: Opening Reception!

Dennis Dread, Alison Braun and her husband Benjamin Malay who framed every piece in the show himself!
Wyrd War chief Dennis Dread, Alison Braun and her talented husband Benjamin Malay, who framed every print in the show himself.

Alison Braun doing her thing!

Spit Stix of FEAR made an appearance.

Punks not dead.



Alison explaining the fine are of film vs digital to a young fan. Many of the photos in our current exhibit were shot on 28mm, which means that Alison was often only two feet from her subject (no zoom). In the case of her portraits of Cal Morris of DISCHARGE and Glenn Danzig of the MISFITS, she was standing on stage right beside the band. 

It was great to see so many new faces at the gallery, and so many people who were at the concerts featured in Alison's photography circa 1981-1991.

Blaine Cook of THE ACCUSED kicked out the jams in our parking lot with his lovely wife Rahel. 




Our sponsor BLOODxSWEATxTEARS kept everyone appropriately spirited.


Thank you to everyone who came out for the opening reception of IN THE PIT: The Photography of Alison Braun (1981-1991)! It was our most successful evening yet, and a perfect way to celebrate our second year as a brick and mortar space. The exhibit is on display through August 28, so feel free to email wyrdwar@gmail.com to schedule a visit. The books have flown off the shelves (twice!) already, but we will have more soon. Punks not dead.  

Sunday, July 04, 2021

IN THE PIT: The Photography of Alison Braun (1981-1991)


Strap on your boots and join us at Wyrd War headquarters this Saturday July 10 for the grand opening of our summer exhibition IN THE PIT: The Photography of Alison Braun (1981-1991). 6pm-10pm. No appointment necessary. 3505 NE Broadway Street Portland, OR.

Alison Braun will be with us to sign copies of both the US and international editions of her amazing new book that collects some of her most iconic images from the formative days of hardcore punk and heavy metal. All of her gorgeous framed B/W prints will be available for purchase!

DJ Blaine Cook of legendary splatter punks THE ACCÜSED will join Dennis Dread on the wheels of steel! After the opening reception, IN THE PIT will remain on display by appointment through August 28 only at WYRD WAR!

Alison Braun is punk rock photography royalty! In 1976, she attended her first KISS concert and decided at the age of ten, in a smoky stadium, that she would dedicate her life to photography and the primal energy of live music. A few years later she was hanging out with the Misfits and Discharge, and documenting some of the most explosive music and controversial creative personalities of the 20th century...and she is still at it! We are delighted to host this rare exhibit of Braun's seminal photography, developed from her original 35mm negatives and specifically curated for Wyrd War! 

Long before everyone had high-resolution cameras in their back pockets and life became a performative ritual of self-documentation, it was the task of a few very dedicated fans - with the right equipment and the right place to stand - to capture the birth of hardcore punk, thrash metal and crossover in DIY darkrooms. And Alison Braun was in the pit. 

Bad Brains, Voivod, Slayer, Battalion of Saints, Black Flag, Discharge, Agnostic Front, GBH, The Accüsed the Misfits and many, many more...captured in their prime on b/w film by one of the most charming, unassuming and intelligent artists to emerge from the scene! 

This exhibit will be on display July 10 through August 28 by appointment. Flyer features Cal Morris of Discharge photographed by Alison Braun on December 9, 1983 at the Olympic Auditorum. Graphics by A.K. Wilson.


IN THE PIT: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF ALISON BRAUN
OPENING RECEPTION 
JULY 10, 2021
6:00pm-10:00pm
3505 NE BROADWAY ST. 
PORTLAND OREGON

Friday, July 02, 2021

TERMINAL ZONE: Closing Reception


CITIZENS OF SLAVE SHIP EARTH: 
THIS IS YOUR FINAL WARNING! 
TERMINAL ZONE CLOSES TOMORROW SATURDAY JULY 3, 2021. 
YOU HAVE ONE MORE DAY TO WITNESS...THE END! 
6:00PM - 10:00PM. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY. 

For as long as humans have huddled together around primal fires, we have grimly prophesied the end of our world. It is almost symptomatic of civilization itself to fixate on the anxiety of our impending collective demise. Every major religion around the world espouses its own harrowing mythos of the End Times, Armageddon, Final Hour, Ragnarök, Day of Judgement, Rapture. However, none of these epic belief systems can compare to the coked out, mafia money laundering visions of our dark dystopian future as depicted by the film industry during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. Teeming with rank tanning-bed sweat, hilariously rigid gender stereotypes and yawning unpaid punk extras, the post-apocalyptic genre tends to compensate for its lack of funding and plot with excessive fog machines, bondage gear, hairspray, plastic armor, fearless stunt men, animated lasers and, occasionally, guinea pigs painted black to resemble giant radioactive rats. The results are almost always awesomely, stupefyingly and sardonically entertaining! 

Wyrd War proudly invites YOU to experience TERMINAL ZONE: Cinematic Visions of The End! Please join us for the closing reception this Saturday July 3 from 6pm until 10pm

If you dare.

Friday, June 11, 2021

WYRD WAR WEDNESDAY!


Wyrd War presents a very special night at the theater with legendary filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith! DEAD END DRIVE-IN (1986) is cult “Ozploitation” auteur Brian Trenchard-Smith’s neon-drenched dystopian satire that pits an unlikely cast of new wave punks against a future fascist state in a race for freedom! After the economic collapse of Australia, police forces lure society’s unemployable youth into decadent drive-in movie theaters that turn out to be…concentration camps! Featuring the amazing car stunts of MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR veteran Guy Norris, DEAD END DRIVE-IN is a high-octane whirlwind of stylized violence and wry commentary on vapid 80s pop culture values. Brian Trenchard-Smith will be signing copies of his new memoir Adventures in the B Movie Trade before the film while supplies last! This private event sold out in 24 hours...so hopefully you already reserved your seat! See you next Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

TERMINAL ZONE OPENING RECEPTION!

Dennis Dread & Brian Trenchard-Smith

The legend!

Barry Convex & Brian Trenchard-Smith enjoying a calm moment before the storm...

 



Wyrd War co-founder Tiffany Kenaley hosting some of the smartest movie fans in the world!




Our amazing bartender Jodi takes command!




True Love Casts Out All Codpieces.

The Iron Crew!

The Blackguards Control.

Arrow vs Brian Trenchard-Smith.



Kodpiece Koozie 



Wyrd War Crew!

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the opening of TERMINAL ZONE: Cinematic Visions of The End at the Wyrd War gallery this weekend! Special thanks to the Wyrd War Crew for standing beside me and making the day absolutely perfect. Very special thanks to legendary filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith for joining us at the end of the world. He is the kindest, smartest, humblest and most charming filmmaker I have ever had the pleasure of bumping with a codpiece while screaming, "ALL DEVIANTS REPORT TO CENTER COMPOUND!" All photos by the indomitable A.K. Wilson. To the death...






Thursday, June 03, 2021

TERMINAL ZONE: Cinematic Visions of the End


CITIZENS OF SLAVE SHIP EARTH: PREPARE TO ENTER TERMINAL ZONE AT WYRD WAR HEADQUARTERS. SATURDAY JUNE 5, 2021. 6:00PM - 10:00PM. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY. 

For as long as humans have huddled together around primal fires, we have grimly prophesied the end of our world. It is almost symptomatic of civilization itself to fixate on the anxiety of our impending collective demise. Every major religion around the world espouses its own harrowing mythos of the End Times, Armageddon, Final Hour, Ragnarök, Day of Judgement, Rapture. However, none of these epic belief systems can compare to the coked out, mafia money laundering cinematic visions of our dark dystopian future as depicted by the film industry during the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. Teeming with rank tanning-bed sweat, hilariously rigid gender stereotypes and yawning punk extras, the post-apocalyptic genre tends to compensate for its general lack of funding and plot with excessive fog machines, bondage gear, hairspray, plastic armor, fearless stunt men, animated lasers and, occasionally, guinea pigs painted black to resemble giant radioactive rats. The results are almost always awesomely, stupefyingly and sardonically entertaining! 

Wyrd War proudly invites YOU to experience an absolutely overwhelming exhibition of original dark future film posters and rare memorabilia from around the world: TERMINAL ZONE! On display June 5 through July 3, 2021 only at the Wyrd War gallery! Please join us for the opening reception this Saturday June 5 from 6pm until 10pm. 

If you dare.

Monday, May 24, 2021

SPIRITS OF THE PLAGUE CLOSING RECEPTION!


Our first exhibit of 2021, SPIRITS OF THE PLAGUE: HORROR MOVIE PAINTINGS FROM GHANA closes this Saturday May 29 from 5:00pm until 9:00pm at the WYRD WAR Gallery (no appointment necessary)! Get up close and personal with an overwhelming collection of rugged original paintings from Africa's Ivory Coast. See work by "golden era" Ghana mobile cinema legends such as Mr. Brew, Leonardo, Heavy J and Mark Anthony! This event is sponsored by our award-winning friends at Blood Sweat Tears Vodka in Eugene, Oregon. Come enjoy a refreshing beverage in the parking lot while I spin records! Masks are still required, but you can remove your mask outside while actively drinking. See you soon, Portland!



Thursday, April 15, 2021

SPIRITS OF THE PLAGUE

We are swinging open the WYRD WAR gallery gates this Saturday April 17, 2021 from 2pm-7pm for the unveiling of our first exhibit of the year SPIRITS OF THE PLAGUE: HORROR MOVIE POSTERS FROM GHANA! The forecast looks beautiful this weekend, which will allow us to carefully socially distance while sharing this amazing new display of MASSIVE and rugged original paintings that we carefully curated from the collection of our partner Deadly Prey Gallery in Chicago! 

No appointment necessary. Just drop in at 3505 NE Broadway Street in Portland, Oregon any time between 2pm-7pm. If you attended our last reception in October, you know how carefully we prioritize public health while also having a blast and providing some much needed inspiration and interaction. Our gift shop is loaded with amazing new surprises to make the final stretch of our pandemic isolation a little more enjoyable. Here is how it works:

Masks are required over nose and mouth, even if you are already fully vaccinated. 

Maintain 6’ distance between people who are not in your immediate crew of direct contacts.

Limit of five guests inside the gallery at a time.

We will disinfect contact surfaces between guests. 

Outdoor area will be available for queuing up and hanging out.

Refreshments will be available.

See you Saturday, Portland!

Graphics by A.K. Wilson featuring detail from a painting by Papa Warsti.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

AMERICAN FOLK HORROR















These past five Wednesdays have surely been the most inspired moments of 2020 for us at Wyrd War. My American Folk Horror film and lecture series culminated this week with a live remote Q&A with Dr. Sam Waymon himself. Perhaps you know his sister by her stage name Nina Simone? This was an exceptionally special moment for me, and I thank our intimate cabal of friends and supporters who masked up and bore witness to the dark magic that is GANJA & HESS. Pandemic be damned! Eternal gratitude to Sam Waymon for staying up late with us, everyone at The Coffin Club, and, as always, my beloved A.K. Wilson for documenting the occasion with these beautiful pics. Let the chthonic spirits possess your soul!