On Saturday, DTLA gallery These Days will hold an artist’s reception and book signing to kick off their new exhibit “Jim Jocoy | Order of Appearance,” an intimate and revealing selection of images embracing the burgeoning San Francisco punk club scene from 1977-1980.
I met Jim around 20 years ago. He carried with him a photo album of Polaroids and prints. They were amazing. His work seemed to radiate that time in the late 70’s when I first moved to SF. They were raw and intimate, harsh yet soft—his vision was ahead of its time. –Jim Goldberg, artist
Almost 20 years after the release of his first monograph, We’re Desperate, produced with the help of Sonic Youth front man Thurston Moore and fashion designer Marc Jacobs and widely regarded as the definitive catalogue of early West Coast punk fashion, Jim Jocoy’s archive of previously unseen photographs has been re-examined and re-considered to compose Order of Appearance, a new body of work that humanizes his young subjects as they go through their daily lives sharing the tender moments of love and loss that came to encapsulate the late 70s and early 80s as the Summer of Love slowly eroded and gave way to punks’ disaffected view of the world.
Spanning three short years from 1977 to 1980, the collection of images expose vignettes from a one night affair where emotions range from delight to despair, sober to wasted, clear to blurry to half-way-clear-again by morning. Jocoy’s ability to reveal these touching moments of restless youth allows us to feel empathetic towards a girl with bruised knees and then laugh at the comical horror of a sunburst-yellow clownish car turned violently upside down from an accident. As a photographer, Jocoy has an uncanny capacity to make even a car wreck look like the best time ever.
July 14 – August 19
Artist’s Reception & Book Signing:
July 14 (7 – 9 pm)
118 Winston St., 2nd Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90013