This past Monday was the opening night for Family‘s latest running exhibit which honors LA musician John Wiese‘s 100th 7-inch release, Exhausted Spectral Incantation. Family, a smallish art book store on Fairfax, dedicated the gallery space in the back of the store to display all 100 7-inches released by Wiese over the past 13 years, and is selling a nice little hard-cover companion to the show with essays by Brian Roettinger and San McKinlay and photos of all 100 records.
Wiese’s music, which I would try and best describe as electronic noise drone/rock (vague, I know, but you should check it out), was playing throughout the store for the event, but best part of the showcase was, for me, his album art. Along with being a musician, Weise is also a visual artist and all of his records are housed in really wonderful sleeves that run the gambit from strictly classic typography to photography to hand-drawn doodles of ghosts cuddling.
The installation is scheduled to be up till November 8th, and even if you’ve never heard of Wiese or have any interest in noise music, it’s worth a trip to see the display. Or maybe you love Wiese’s music, in which case there are also several of his releases for sale. Plus, it’s Family which has some of the best selection of local and international artists, writers, poets, publishers, and designers I’ve found in the city. And it’s right next to Golden State, so you might as well get an amazing burger, too.