TRI-X-NOISE Photobook

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128 pages. Black and white. 8 1/2 x 11. Printed in the USA.

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3 decades of subterranean countercultural hijinks are recorded on black and white film. Beginning with early the 80s Texas skatepunk scene, the book is a sprawling visual journal of a life lived on the road and after dark. Punk shows high and low, crusty experimental cinemas, freight train adventures, Mission School graffiti, impossibly obscure house shows, and art exhibits in the shadowy margins— it’s a mash up of subcultural documentation, from San Francisco to Shreveport, from Texas to Braddock Pennsylvania, a flash-lit scrapbook of an invisible vanguard— all shot on Tri-X film. 

Additional support for TRI-X-NOISE provided by VANS.


Bill Daniel began making photographs in 1979 while attending punk shows in Austin, Texas. During the next few years, as both participant and observer, he documented the punk and skateboard scene in Texas. In 1987 he moved to San Francisco to pursue filmmaking. There he met filmmaker Craig Baldwin and began working as Baldwin’s cinematographer and editor while exploring the burgeoning art scene centered around Artists’ Television Access, a storefront gallery in the then-bohemian Mission District. 

In 2005 Daniel completed a film on hobo culture, “Who is Bozo Texino?,” which has screened worldwide, including several hundred in-person shows on tour across North America. This project was first configured as a multi-channel video installation, “The Girl on the Train in the Moon”, which premiered at the “Widely Unknown” exhibition at Ditch Projects in 2001 and then toured to over 75 cities. In 2008 this work was followed by a book on railroad subculture, Mostly True, and was presented as an installation for the MOCA LA 2011 Art in the Streets exhibition. Other of Daniel’s projects have addressed environmental issues, urban redevelopment, water squatters, and have taken form as mobile installation works, including Sunset Scavenger/the Sailvan project—a van-based video installation that toured between 2002 and 2010.

Daniel has received awards from Creative Capital, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Film Arts Foundation, and the Guggenheim Fellowship.

Daniel’s work has been exhibited at venues across the country, including The Museum of Modern Art, Sluggo’s, Space 1026, The Marfa Book Company, Beehive Collective, Walker Art Center, Space Gallery, Railroad Blues Alpine Texas, The Luggage Store, Ditch Projects, Autonomous Factory Rog Ljubljana, Adobe Books, ABC NO RIO, Visual Studies Workshop, AK Press warehouse, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Galapagos, Needles and Pens, Light Industry, Banff Media Centre, Cinecycle, The Elsewhere, Redcat, Secret Project Robot, Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, Fargfabriken, The New Museum, Orcas Island Grange Hall, Maysles Cinema, Beerland Texas, and many others. Daniel continues to tour, searching for new audiences in unlikely places. 


ATA Gallery - Craig Baldwin - Abby Banks - Rich Bott - Butthole Surfers - Big Boys - Black Elf Speaks - Black Flag - Blue Ramp - Black Rainbow - Braddock PA - Kime Buzzelli - City Museum - Colossus of Roads - Cosmo - Jimmy Cousins - Lee Daniel - Dead Kennedys - Deuce Seven - Wade Driver - Craig Johnson - Matokie Slaughter - mini-cine? Shreveport - Ivy McClelland - Minor Threat - Minutemen - Misfits - New Orleans Airlift - Lance Mountain - Nice Strong Arm - Alee Peoples - Periscope Projects SD - Pflugerville - Jeff Phillips - Mike Plante - Diana Prechter - Ian Quiet - Raul's Club - Reminisce - Barry Schwartz - Jimmy Shotwell - Slab City - Southern Pacific BALAF - Stick Men with Rayguns - Mike Stoltz - Swampy - Jai Tanju - Twist - Philip Trussell - Adam Wallcavage - David Yow - Xara Thustra

and some things without names.

2014, editing the book in Pasadena TX studio. photo by Beau Patrick Coulon.

TRI-X-NOISE  a mobile photo installation by Bill Daniel

The TXN tour machine is now parked in the shop. Thanks to everyone in the last few years who helped throw a show, helped me in the studio, attended a show, and let us crash on your floor. The installation is still available for exhibit, contact me to discuss.

"The driving force of these pictures is that Bill gets out of the house and roves and has curiosity and affection, without which we are inert and hopeless and even dead."

--- Gary Panter

Hobo filmmaker/phototramp Bill Daniel is back on the road with a pop-up photo show comprised of 30 years of 35mm photographs beginning with the early 80s punk scene in Texas, featuring all of your favorite old school punk bands. Daniel has continued to document various sub cultures using the same camera/lens/flash, and Kodak Tri-X film for over 30 years. This exhibit, all non-digital darkroom prints, charts a path starting with punk shows in Texas, and crawls through various subcultures from the 90s graffiti scene in San Francisco, freight hopping scenarios, art openings in Los Angeles, house shows in Louisiana, generator shows on the Monongahela River, etc... all seen through Daniel's unique, spelunker flash-lit vision.

These shows are all one-night pop-up site-specific events, with a free-standing “gallery” -- a free-standing wall that stands in the middle of a space, with photos on both sides. I bring the lighting, and a sound system. It sets up in all kinds of places--- music venues, warehouses, and occasionally galleries. 

The 2018 tour is also a book release tour for two new titles; Tri-X-Noise & The Mainland by Lila Lee. The Mainland is a 92-page photo and journal-entry book by Hawaii-based photographer Lila Lee capturing her views and experiences as she traverses the USA on a 2-month photo exhibition tour. Lee’s feely-filmy-vision of life on the road comes from a unique perspective—that of someone born and raised on a far-away island (Oahu) as they first encounter the vast distances and uncanny strangeness of the continental United States. Lee, who graduated from the Art Center School of Design, has a documentary style that is casual and charmed. It’s not just the wrecked truck stops and tube-lit Waffle Houses Lila embraces, The Mainland is really about finding friends and community scattered across country, how connections, chance and discovery happen when putting oneself into the flow of the highway—rolling with a Contax, some color neg film, and eyes hungry for new views. Shot during a Tri-X-Noise photo tour with Bill Daniel in 2014. Photographed, written and edited by Lila Lee.

2018 schedule

Thurs May 17, New Orleans, Zeitgeist, The event includes slide shows and video from local hot shots Sarrah Danziger, Beau Patrick Coulon and TXN tour mate/photographer from Hawaii, Lila Lee. Music: Hand Grenade Job, 7-11 pm.

Fri May 25, Lockhart TX, Masur Building, 119 W. San Antonio St. 4:00-9:00, hosted by Austin Cultural Exchange.

Sat May 26, Austin TX, Museum of Human Achievement, on a bill with Christeene!

Sun May 27, San Antonio TX, Flight Gallery (new space!) 112 Blue Star, w/ the Josh Glenn Experiment

Wed May 30, Norman OK , Resonator Institute, 1010 N. University, 7-11, w/ Bad Athlete and Harold Bear and The Skin Rugs

Fri June 1, Sheboygan WI, Paradigm Coffee and Music w/DJ Faythe Lavine

Sat June 2, Chicago IL, Smashed Plastic Pressing, 4200 W. Diversey. w/ The Bric-A-Brac DJs.

Wed June 6 Louisville KY, LVA Louisville Visual Arts, 1538 Lytle St, 6-9 performer DJ Kim Soirse.

Fri June 8th, Huntsville AL, Lowe Mill Arts

Mon June 11, Richmond VA, Valet Gallery presenting, show at Black Iris, 321 W. Broad St. 7-10:30

Wed June 13, Syracuse NY, Spark Contemporary Art Space, w/ Operation Hennessey, Dave Montanye, Heretofore.

Thurs June 14, Bushwick NY, at The Container, 7 Belvidere, slide show and book talk w/ presentations by Tooth, Lila Lee, and Victoria Keddie! 8pm.

Sat June 16, New Paltz/Kingston, NY, Rail Trail Cafe, 310 Rover RD EXT, Who is Bozo Texino? w/ DJ BUFFALO and slide shows by Lila Lee and Photobill. Starts around dark. 

Sun June 17, Boston MA, Orchard Skate Shop presents at "ask for location at the sk8 shop" w/ DJ Bachsteady

Mon June 18, Providence RI, AS220, 115 Empire Street w/Adam Morosky

Tues June 19, Williamsburg NY, The Spectacle Theater, Bozo Texino screening only, 7:30 and 10:00

Wed June 20, Queens NY, Superchief Gallery 1628 Jefferson Ave, w/Deadname and TBA, 7-12, $10

Fri June 22, Pittsburgh PA, Babyland @Bloomcraft, 460 Melwood Ave, 7-10, W/Landmark Tongues (Grubb+Lingo) and film w/Greg Pierce. 

Sat June 23, Massillon OH, Massillon Art Museum, Moniker Identity, (not a TXN show, just hanging at the epic museum opening!)

Sun June 24, Massillon OHMassillon Art Museum, Moniker Identity, Who Is Bozo Texino? screening

June 25, Dayton KY, The Lodge, 231 6th Ave, w/ Xylene Projects & Naptown Collective, 6-10

Wed June 27, Nashville TN, Impermanent, 1211 57th Ave. North. w/ Eva Maret, Caleb Breaux, The VINYLCATS, 6-10.

Fri June 29, Mobile AL, Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Alabama Contemporary (with special guests DJ Hot Lobster and The Fuxless, 7-10

Sat June 30, Shreveport LA, mini-cine, w/Ralph White and locals! Down on Texas Ave.


PAST SHOWS___________________________________________________________________


Sun April 22, Oakland, Kevin's studio, I'm doing a 35mm slide show, with Kevin Thomson accompanying on guitar in a show that includes Christine Shield and Strawberry Smog!

Wed April 25, Pitzer College, Bozo Texino screening and discussion

Thurs April 26, Ontario CA, moniker workshop with the kids

Sun April 28, LA, Six Stair studio, my 35mm slide show (unnamed as yet) with cassette accompaniment

November 2017: 

Tri-X-Noise at University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, with Mike Calway-Fagan's Curatorial Studies class

Kansas City Art Institute with Steve Rowell. 

May 2016: Black Mountain School, Tri-X-Noise installation, DIY touring strategy workshop, Junk Camera Workshop, Who is Bozo Texino? screening. 

Sept. 2016: Tri-X-Noise + Junk Camera Workshop, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX



 Fri Aug 28, University of the South, Sewanee, TN (includes Slab City Bulletin Board installation)

+Sat Aug 29, Sluggos North, Chattanooga, TN. with: Clark Williams (Big Kitty), Eric Nelson (Hidden Spots), Tom Foote (reading from Spare Change)

Tri-X-Noise and Bozo Texino at Sluggo's North. Thanks Terry Johnson!


Sept 17-25th dates: co-presenting with Sergej Vutuc, skate photog/zine maker from Berlin:

Sept 17-20, New York Artbook Fair, Moma PS-1, Long Island City

Mon 21, ABC NO RIO, 156 Rivington, NYC

Tues 22, Lava Space, Philly, w/Kreamy 'Lectric Santa

+ Wed 23, Who is Bozo Texino? screening and discussion with Ed Halter, Light Industry, Brooklyn (not a TXN show)

+ Fri Sept 25, Cleveland, West Side Skate Shop/ Street Canoe

Sat Sept 26, Rochester Pub Fair, Visual Studies Workshop.

(today the tour says bye-bye to Sergej Vutuc, who flies back to Berlin, but we hope to see him back in the van with us in 2016)

Mon Sept 28, General Public Collective, Indianapolis (TXN + Bozo Texino screening)

+ Thurs Oct 1, Denver CO,  Teenage Kicks record night, The Meadowlark Bar

Fri Oct 2, Denver CO,  Rhinoceropolis, with Mild High Club, You, and more. 

 Tues Oct 6, Holland Project, Reno, NV

+ Wed Oct 7, Chico, CA (Presented by Pageant Theater, gallery location TBA)

Thurs Oct 8, (daytime lecture) UC Davis, Davis, CA

Thurs Oct 8, Third Space, Davis, CA (plus a pot luck(!) and bands TBA)

Fri, Oct 9, Oddball Cinema, San Francisco (TXN + Bozo Texino screening)

Sat, Oct 10, Other Cinema, 992 Valencia, San Francisco. (not a TXN show, this will be a screening of early video work and a photo show of documentation of 20 years of Other Cinema events and SF life)

TBA Los Angeles, Coaxial

Sat, Oct 17th, Central School Project, Bisbee, AZ

Fri Oct 23, Rice Media Center, Rice University, Houston, TX (includes screening of Who is Bozo Texino?)

Tue/Wed, Nov 3/4, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (includes screening of Who is Bozo Texino?)

Fri/Sat, Nov 6/7, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY (includes screening of Who is Bozo Texino?)



Past shows:

4.4.15 Iowa City, IA
Tri-X-Noise installation, and Bozo Texino screening, 6:30, Mission Creek Festival.

4.1.15 Chicago, IL
Tri-X-Noise installation, 15&W Gallery, 2439 W 15th St, sounds by Esteban LaGrue of Impala Sound Champions and Al Scorch

3.31.15 Chicago, IL
Who is Bozo Texino? screening at Salzer Regional Library, 7:00-8:30. Free show.

3.29.15 Detroit, MI
Tri-X-Noise installation MHAS Museum at Trinosophes, 1462 Gratriot, brunch show: 11:00-3:00, and 6:00-10:00

3.28.15 Detroit, MI
Screening Who is Bozo Texino? at  M.U.G. (Destroy Compound)
Music by 696 Blues Band, David Shettler and DJ Brad Hales.

3.27.15 Bloomington, IN
Tri-X-Noise installation at Fuller Projects
Live soundtrack by The Cowboys and Pnature Walk

3.25.15 Bloomington, IN
Indiana University, lecture and Who is Bozo Texino? screening, Whittenberg Hall.

3.23.15 Hot Springs, AR
Valley of the Vapors
workshop: “DIY touring strategies for visual and media artists”

3.22.15 Hot Springs, AR
Valley of the Vapors


11.19.14  San Francisco, CA
Rayko Photo Center / 428 3rd Street
Live soundtrack by Thad Povey + Mark Taylor + Octoplayer

11.20.14  Oakland, CA
LoBot Gallery / 1800 Campbell Street (West Oakland)
Live soundtrack by Kevin Thomson + National Disgrace

11.21.14  Oceanside, CA
The Hill Street Country Club / 212 N Coast Hwy (Artist Alley)
Live soundtrack by Lucio Menegon

11.22.14-11.23.14  Los Angeles, CA
Lethal Amounts Gallery / 1226 W 7th Street

11.25.14  Tucson, AZ
Cafe Aqui / 1317 S 6th Avenue
Live soundtrack by Oliver Ray

11.26.14  Marfa, TX
Marfa Book Company
Live soundtrack Brian Labarton

12.02.14  Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn (Red Hook) / 610 Smith Street (2nd Floor)
Live soundtrack by Ava Mendoza

12.05.14  Pittsburgh, PA
Babyland / 3577 Bethoven Street (Polish Hill)
Live soundtrack by Gina Favano + Babyland House Band

12.06.14  Richmond, VA
Black Iris / 321 W Broad Street
Live soundtrack by DJ Steady Sounds

12.08.14  Philadephia, PA
Space 1026 / 1026 Arch Street
Live soundtrack by Baltimore String Felons

12.10.14  Cincinnati, OH
Wave Pool / 2940 Colerain Ave
Live soundtrack by Umin

12.11.14  Nashville, TN
Fort Houston / 500 Houston Street
Live soundtrack by Terrorish

12.13.14  Mobile, AL
Who is Bozo Texino? screening 4:15pm
The Crescent Theater / 208 Dauphin Street
Tri-X-Noise exhibit next door to the theater

12.14.14  New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Airlift (Part of the Space Rites Series)
With Taylor Shepherd's Alter Piece, and Bitchin' Bajas

12.18.14  Dallas, TX
Ash Studios / 3203 Ash Lane
Live soundtrack Stephan Gonzales

12.19.14  Austin, TX
Museum of Human Achievement
Live soundtrack Raul's Royal Foot, Jonathan Horne

12.20.14  San Antonio, TX
The South Texas Popular Culture Center / 1017 E Mulberry Street
Live soundtrack Narco TX