The gallery Casemore Kirkeby specializing in photography and based in San Francisco has discovered a very special photographic treasure – an exciting documentary of the punk scene of yesteryear in today’s tech metropolis near Silicon Valley... The opening took place on 16 June, and on 15 July, an artist talk will be held between Jim Jocoy and historian Sam Lefebvre at Casemore Kirkeby. And for everyone who can’t make it to the Bay Area – we have the photos here on GoSee, and the same titled book was published recently by TBW Books.
“In 1976 at the start of the San Francisco punk scene, Jocoy became a student at UC Santa Cruz. By 1977, he had dropped out of school and turned his attention to the club scene. Jocoy obsessively photographed what was in front of him – in bedrooms, bathrooms, strip clubs, at punk shows at Mabuhay Gardens, alleyways and bars. Jocoy found outlets for showcasing his photos in his own punk/art zine, Windows and Orphans, as well as in seminal SF zines Search and Destroy, Research, and Punk Globe.
During this time Jocoy’s photos were shown in public only twice, the first, a show held at San Francisco State University featuring the Xerox color prints he’d produce during off hours at the photocopy shop where he worked, and later as a slide show presented at William Burroughs’ 70th birthday party in 1984. It wasn’t until many years later, through a series of serendipitous events, that Sonic Youth frontman, Thurston Moore, and fashion designer Mark Jacobs collaborated to produce what would become Jocoy’s first and highly praised book, We’re Desperate (Powerhouse, 2002), widely regarded as a celebration of the scene’s influential fashion.
Unknowingly foreshadowing the AIDS epidemic that would grip underground communities throughout the country, Jocoy’s photographs evoke an intimacy not unlike that felt when viewing the work by Nan Goldin, combined with the underground compulsion and clout found in the photos of Katsumi Watanabe and Karlheinz Weinberger. In the main gallery, Casemore Kirkeby will share Jocoy’s rarely glimpsed view of the punk scene, illuminated quiet and intimate moments of barely post-pubescent youth applying makeup, readying themselves for an evening out, diving full stop into the dark of night.
Born in 1952 in South Korea to his Korean mother and a U.S. Army solider, Jocoy was given two names: an American name, Edward Monfette, and a Korean name, Hyoung Su Lee. After divorcing, his mother married another soldier, Robert E. Jocoy, and at age six he was given a new name, Jimmy Jocoy. In 1969 the family settled in Sunnyvale, California. Jim Jocoy still resides in the Bay Area after a career working in UCSF’s Therapy Department. He maintains friendships with many of the subjects he photographed 40 years ago...."
Jim Jocoy - Order of Appearance
16 June – 29 July, 2017