Punk House was an installation, recording, video and zine project produced by MoCAD and Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, and curated by Cary Loren. The record cover, zine cover and installation murals in the Mobile Homestead were designed by artist Savage Pencil. The zine/catalog was produced by MoCAD in a numbered edition of 150 copies. The first 15 copies were signed and numbered with a hand-sewn binding, each copy containing an original Savage Pencil “Fly” drawing in silver ink on black paper, signed and numbered on the reverse, with an embossed Sav X stamp on the mount. The special edition is available at Book Beat.
The Punk House zine is a mixture of art, photography and band flyers reproduced in silkscreen, woodcut and multi-color risography. Included are works by; Leni Sinclair, Savage Pencil, Gary Panter, Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Cary Loren, Cameron Jamie, Sue Rynski, Chris Pottinger, Jimbo Easter, Thomas Carey, Davin Brainard, Rotland Press, Dennis Tyfus, Timmy Vulgar, Jad Fair, David Fair, Jonnie Prey, Suzy Poling and Michael Dykehouse. Most of these artists were also featured in the Punk House installation.
Bound into the zine is a two-hour DVD with contemporary music videos and live performances from the 1970s until now. Local bands on the DVD include; ADULT., Bobby Harlow, Aaron Dilloway, The Boners, Cinecyde, Cotton Museum, Jimbo Easter, Majic Robot Films, Princess Dragon-Mom, Monster Island, Nautical Almanac, Odd Clouds, Pod Blotz, The Beast People, Outrageous Cherry, Destroy All Monsters, Timmy’s Organism, Tyvek, Wolf Eyes and the Wolfman Band. A special appearance at the Hamtramck “Blow-Out” by Kim Fowley and the Psychedelic Dogs appears to be Fowley’s last live performance.
The Punk House 12″ Lp includes tracks by ADULT., Timmy Vulgar, Jad and David Fair (from 1/2 Japanese), Galen, Druid Perfume, Destroy All Monsters, The Whales, Outrageous Cherry, Wolf Eyes, The Wolfman Band, Pod Blotz, Cotton Museum, Cinecyde, The Boners, Cannibal, Princess Dragon-Mom, Odd Clouds, Jamie Easter, Monster Island, Michael Dykehouse and The Beast People. Album liner notes were written by Glen Morren, The Lp was pressed at Third Man Pressing in an edition of 300 copies. The cover features a silkscreen produced at ESP in Detroit by Savage Pencil.
The Punk House installation was open from Sept. 8, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Details about the exhibit are available at MoCAD.The video below was produced by MoCAD and contains scenes from the installation and a short interview with the artist Savage Pencil (Edwin Pouncey).