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Slap a piece of a Jesus Lizard on your wall; David Yow art show coming to Echo Park

July 7, 2010 |  3:41 pm


My first ever date as a teenager was to take a girl to a Jesus Lizard concert, and the somewhat sinister, head-splattering noise rock set the tone for that budding relationship -- and pretty much everything that has happened in my dating life straight up till this morning, for that matter. But hey, at least there was nudity on that first date, as Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow has never been one to leave a crowd wanting more.

A little more subtle, albeit not much, are Yow's paintings, which will be on display Aug. 14 through Sept. 11 at the DIY Gallery in Echo Park. Times policies -- this being a family paper and all -- forbid me from showing the piece I want, but let's just say there are male appendages on display, as well as devil horns and cutesy animals in frying pans. Of course, it's all given a pleasant cartoon makeover.

The opening reception is at 7 p.m. Aug. 14. Yow is promised to be in attendance, and works will be for sale. Music is promised too, although attempts to seek out more information as to whether or not any of it will be live are still unknown (Yow did some time with locals Qui). Yow's career as a visual artist actually predates his days as one of Chicago's most famous punk rock howlers, as he was studying art at a Texas university before diving full-time into music.

-- Todd Martens

David Yow's "SOLO" exhibition at the DIY Gallery, 1549 W. Sunset Blvd. Opening reception is Aug. 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. The exhibition closes Sept. 11 with a not-yet-announced event. Photo: David Yow's painting "Pus."