Henry and Glenn Gang Bang', an art show at La Luz De Jesus Gallery Art Show: the comic book ‘Henry & Glenn Forever'

Written by | February 24, 2011 3:55 am | No Comments

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You can always count on La Luz De Jesus Gallery to put on a punk-inspired-weirdo-pop-art show.
Their last one? ‘Henry and Glenn Gang Bang’ an art show curated by Igloo Tornado and inspired by the cultish comic book ‘Henry & Glenn Forever’, which fantasizes around the burning question ‘What if Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig were a little more than ‘friends’?’
The comic book, which has sold more than 30,000 copies and received national attention from Spin, NPR, MTV, the LAWeekly and others, imagines The Misfit frontman and the Black Flag man living as a couple, the two toughest men in the world in love with each other, depicted as a sweet romantic couple cocooning with pop corn in front of TV, writing about their Hot Topic shopping in their diaries, wishing they could spend more time together, going to see the Rocky Horror show, or even putting an anti-Prop 8 sign on their front yard…but isn’t it a thing Rollins would do anyway? To finalize the picture, their neighbors are Satan-worshipping Hall and Oats. I just have look at some pages of the book in a store, but you have to see by yourself.

Rollins, who was asked about the book by Fishbowlla, just declared:
‘Hey Matt, You know why I am depicted in a comic? Because I am fuckin famous. That is my thought. Henry Rollins.’ He also said to the authors at San Diego Comic Con that Glenn ‘would not be amused’. He wouldn’t indeed as Danzig was sent a copy he refused to even look at.

The recent art show goes beyond the comic book, by declining the idea of the two punk icons in a committed relationship into many directions. The idea was submitted to more than a dozen artists (Eric Yahnker, Coop, Clayton Brothers, alternative cartoonists Ed Luce, Johnny Ryan, Kaz, underground artists Reuben Splatterbeat, Jose Gabriel Angeles….) which have produced their own take on the subject: icon-painting of saint Henry carrying baby Danzig, many comic variations (why is Danzig always the youngster?), real photographs of fake Henry and Glenn, a ‘Lone Wolfs’ kitschy fantasy, a Fellinien Danzig Vita, and many other references to Banksy, Conan the Barbarian, Batman or Archie Comics.

On a side note, two cover bands, GLENN and BLACK FAG (you have to love that one) were supposed to perform at the opening, but cancelled at the last minute because of the rain.
Igloo Tornado has even produced an animated cartoon for the occasion, an anti-X-mas special:

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