FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2112 Inc., Martin Atkins, ChicagoMusic.org and SAE Chicago Music Business students present: An Art Exhibit Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Pigface to be Held at 2112 Inc. 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Chicago’s own Pigface, a band with 300+ members and no rules. In celebration, founding member Martin Atkins, 2112 Inc., ChicagoMusic.org and SAE Chicago are collaborating on PIGFACE25, a full retrospective of the band’s handmade, custom scenery spanning 18 albums and 12 tours. You could call PIGFACE25 the chaotic post punk industrial icing on a very baked cake.
Opening on Thursday, March 31st, the 50+ piece installation will be on display through May 5th at 2112 Inc., Chicago’s first music, film/video and creative industry-focused business incubator. 2112’s 20,000 sq. ft. space affords the luxury of showing the 20 foot tall pieces in their entirety for the first time.
The band’s huge, iconic stage scenery, designed with repurposing in mind, breaks down into easy-to-carry pieces. Perhaps the Dot Screened Madonnas (Preaching to the Perverted stage scenery, 2001) illustrate this best: designed to be cut up and given away or sold after the tour, they exemplify a balance between beauty and purpose, creativity and commerce. The Eye piece (Free for All stage scenery, 2005) is 20 feet high and also available as a limited edition blotter acid paper print. The Fook Baby Backdrop from 1992, never before displayed, showcases the latex work of extreme artist Tim Gore.
In addition to the large-scale art, PIGFACE25 will also feature other media: A 12” x 16” sculpture incorporated in the booklet for Pigface’s 1994 album, Notes from Thee Underground (which inspired a stage set covered in dot-screened Newcastle Brown Ale bottle caps), some of Martin’s iconic stage wear (including his first punk suit created by multi Oscar winner Sandy Powell), and an interactive photo wall.
2112 Inc. and ChicagoMusic.org will host a reception on the opening night of PIGFACE25. Workshops, guided tours, presentations, gallery talks, pop-up shops and performances are scheduled throughout the exhibit. For a full public-programming schedule please visit 2112inc.com.
Further cause for celebration is the fifth anniversary of the SAE Chicago Music Business Culminating Project, which prompts graduating students to collide with the real world head-on, hands-on.
The installation is open the public Thursdays 4pm – 6pm, Saturdays 11am – 4pm and by appointment beginning April 1 through May 5.
The opening reception is March 31st at 6pm.
2112 Inc. is located at 4245 N. Knox Ave. Chicago, IL 60641
For tickets and information please visit:
If you cannot attend – you can still be a part of it all – please take a pic of yourself or a Pigface memory and upload to #Pigface25.
There are 3 options to upload pics and have them be a part of the event
1. Use hashtag #Pigface25 with any picture uploads on Twitter or Instagram.
2. Email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Add from SharyPic website –
And, yes, there will be more this month and some supercool announcements during our installation closing on 5/5 !
I’m really proud that my SAE Music Business students are so involved with so much real-works stuff. If you’d like some information on the program or you’d like to schedule a visit to check out the campus – let me know!!
Pigface is an industrial music collective conceived during Ministry’s 1989-1990 “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste” tour, Atkins, along with then-Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin, came up with the idea. For each Pigface album, Atkins would assemble a new lineup reflecting the anarchistic ideals of the original punk-rock bands of the mid-70s.
Since its inception, Pigface has included over 300 musicians such as Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Michael Gira (Swans), LoLo, Shonen Knife, Alex Patterson (Orb), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Paul Raven (Killing Joke), Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks), Curse Mackey, Andrew Weiss, Chris Haskett (Rollins Band) and many, many more.
About PIGFACE25’s presenting partners:
2112 Inc. is Chicago’s first business incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video and creative industry-focused technologies. Through community, educational opportunities and access to capital, 2112 Inc. creates a truly fertile ground for the professional development and acceleration of its members.
Martin Atkins sets the standard for entrepreneurs of cultural-arts endeavors, as his 30+ years in the music business span across genres, borders and industries. Member of Public Image Ltd. and Killing Joke, Atkins founded industrial supergroup Pigface, as well as The Damage Manual and Murder Inc., and he has contributed to Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. He is the owner of Invisible Records and Mattress Factory Recording Studios (est. 1988). Additionally, he is the author of “Tour:Smart,” a syndicated blogger and chair of the music business program at SAE Chicago. Atkins is a producer, drummer, documentary filmmaker, DJ and father of four. Whatever the future of music is, you can pretty much bet that Martin Atkins will be in the middle of it.
SAE Institute Chicago is a global provider of creative media education with over 50 campuses in 27 countries. The Music Business Associates Degree program gives students a hands-on education, and immerses fourth semester students in challenging real-world opportunities.
ChicagoMusic.org seeks to support and unify the music industry in Chicago by creating a network of industry professionals who value creativity in their work and share a passion for the diverse musical culture of our city.