Raymond Pettibon and Nick Cave: Two Art Exhibits That Will Inspire You to Drive to North

Yes, we do harsh on Broward and Palm Beach County plenty. Yes, we may have called Fort Lauderdale the Canada of South Florida. But the reality is that many of us and our loved ones are bi-countiers. That is, we live in one but work and play in another. And this month, there are great exhibits that will inspire you to make the drive north and partake in the culture of the 561. You have a few more weeks to visit a Raymond Pettibon exhibit and ponder punk's scribbled aesthetic. But you better act fast if you want to catch Nick Cave at the Norton; the exhibit closes this Sunday. Happy driving.

"Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86" at FAU's Schmidt Gallery

777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton. Until January 22. Visit Free.

If there was a zine/album cover artist laurete, we'd nominate Raymond

Pettibon. Not only is he the man behind the four-bar logo, flyers, album

covers of the band Black Flag, but his angry, dishelved pen and ink

graphics provided visuals for a smattering of punk bands in the early

1980s: Sonic Youth, Dead Kennedys, and Circle Jerks. Florida Atlantic University's

Schmidt Gallery has "Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-86," an

exhibit of 200 Pettitbon-designed posters, gig flyers, zines, album

covers along with albums, T-shirts, skateboard decks, CDs, and

videos. Beyond the exhibit, the gallery is hosting free, punk

programming for the public:

January 18: See Sonic Orphans, a

compilation reel of lost and found clips projected on 16mm. In it,

filmmaker Bill Daniels screens raw silent new footage of the Beatles he

rescued from a closing film lab and other rare music clips such as an

early, haunting Johnny Cash kinoscope.

January 19: See Who Is Bozo Texino?, Daniels's

full-length film about hobo and railworker boxcar graffiti.

20: Hear FAU professor Eric Landes discuss "Cut & Paste:

Typography, Violence & the Punk Rock Aesthetic."

"Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" at Norton Art Museum
1451 S. Olive Ave. West Palm Beach. Until January 9. Visit $5 to $12.

Take fiber textile art and fuse it with modern dance and you'd have

Soundsuits by Nick Cave. These life-sized sculptural objects are

beautiful when they are still. But they are breathtaking as they are

worn -- both for the resulting sound and choreographed movement of

materials. The ones we recently spotted at Art Basel (above) were

constructed of thousands of shiny buttons. But Cave has made Soundsuits

out of twigs, sequins, Easter grass, socks, and other odd textures. Palm

Beach Atlantic University students already donned these futuristic

tribal suits back in November in a wild, swooshing dance. But you can still see 40 of Cave's Soundsuits until this Sunday, January 9. See the suits in motion below:

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