Music & Visions – projects selected by Giovanni Papalia + ThePT
Died Pretty, sometimes The Died Pretty, are an Australian alternative rock band founded by mainstays, Ron Peno as its lead singer and Brett Myers as its lead guitarist and backing vocalist, in Sydney in 1983 – briefly as Final Solution. Their music started from a base of early electric Bob Dylan with psychedelic influences, including The Velvet Underground and Television. They were managed by John Needham, who is the owner of Citadel Records, their main label.
Died Pretty’s 1990s albums, Doughboy Hollow, Trace and Sold appeared on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Charts but they had more success on the alternate scene. According to rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, they “unashamedly plundered rock’s past to arrive at an original sound that was always passionate, atmospheric and uplifting … produced some of the most inspirational rock music heard in Australia”. The group formally disbanded in 2002 but have reunited on a number of occasions for short tours in Australia. Most recently they undertook a joint national tour with Radio Birdman in June and July 2017.
2006 University of New Mexico, M.F.A.
2003 New York University, M.A.
1992 University of Wisconsin, B.S.
2016 Volta 12, Brunnhofer Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2015 Forever and a Day, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz, Austria
2015 Central Features, Albuquerque, New Mexico (upcoming)
2012 Pulse Miami, Brunnhofer Gallery
2011 Power Gardens, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz, Austria
2010 Weep and Wonder, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2009 Weep and Wonder, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2007 Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2006 Beauty Mark, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2004 Women of Mass Distraction, Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico