Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics

Nathan Carter
September 24, 2016 – January 29, 2017

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

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Eight Out of Nine Encgouragemae from Phantasmania, 2015 (right)

Latex acrylic and semi-gloss enamel on paper

 

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Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

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Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Sets, props and figures from The Dramastics are Loud AF, 2016

 

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Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Photo © MCA Denver

Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

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Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

On column: paper fascinators

 

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FASCINATOR FOR OCEAN EYES, 2016

Acrylic on aluminum

 

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Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

Painted skirt on the bias

 

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Exhibition view

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, 2016–17
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver

 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics

Nathan Carter
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
September 24, 2016 – January 29, 2017
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Nathan Carter’s solo exhibition, Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics, presents a dense display of sculpture, drawings, installations, and miniature stage sets centered on the story of The Dramastics, a fictional band comprised of four women. Presented in four galleries, the exhibition features colorful, handmade sets from imagined milestones in The Dramastics’ brief but legendary career, including an early rehearsal, recording session, breakthrough performance, and final break-up show in Paris. The sets are accompanied by a range of figurative and abstract drawings that reference not only the imaginary band but also the history of art and other narratives. One gallery presents band merchandise and a full-scale interactive stage with a disco light, fanciful sound system, and a rock-and-roller photo booth that invites viewers to both lip sync and act out their musical fantasies.

 

With the combination of stage production and works of sculpture and drawing, the exhibition brings together the fantasy of freedom symbolized by female punk rock bands with the tradition of art. Using a deliberately child-like and DIY style, Carter’s drawings and sculptures embody a sense of play and imagination. The artist’s film THE DRAMASTICS ARE LOUD AF, accompanying the exhibition, is screened.

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