drkrm specializes in documentary and photo-journalistic
work, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes and the
display and survey of popular cultural images both current or historic.
For the past 8 years drkrm has presented a superb and continuous
array of exceptional exhibits, specializing in more under-the-radar,
counterculture presentations. As curator, John Matkowsky has never been
afraid of unspoken issues; some shows were immensely stimulating
while profoundly poignant, others were compelling, powerful, heart-rending,
and even transforming in their relevance.
spectacles have include edgy oddities a la Beefcake
Mid-Century Vernacular Nudes, and Haunted
Hacienda, a study of the art of the Mexican horror film.
Taboo and alternative subjects like ghosts,
queer history, cell
phone photography, prostitution,
the developmentally disabled,
the films of Roger
Corman, cult filmmaker Donald
Cammell and the LA Punk
scene have also been explored. In one glowing
review from the national magazine JUXTAPOZ,
Matkowsky was called a “visionary” for his edgy, dramatic
drkrm is currently on hiatus and looking for a new home.