Blum & Poe presents an evening with YouTube impresarios Carole Ann Klonarides and Tom Recchion. Back in the dark ages, live music performances and early pre-made music videos reigned in underground nightclubs before cable television and MTV usurped their omnipresence. Videos were usually reel-to-reel, ¾ inch U-matic tapes; discarded outtakes from commercial and industrial production houses, edited live to records played on turntables. When the bands played, they were recorded and broadcast on ceiling monitors in the club.
Decades have passed, and now the computer is the "cool" hang, a place for escape and where the fantasy of instant stardom (or finding one) becomes a reality. In the comfort of your own home, you can use a program called Turn Tube List to become your own V-jay, cross-fade YouTube videos, and create video playlists from videos found on YouTube. Its all You, all the time.
For this event, Klonarides and Recchion will select a wide array of experimental art and noise videos from No Wave, New York art bands to West Coast sound and punk bands, such as Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Frank Zappa, Julee Cruise, Terry Riley, and The Velvet Underground. Feel free to submit your favorite YouTube video to the Turn Tube List for consideration: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is free and open to the public. Bring your own blankets, chairs, and picnic. Seating is limited, and RSVP is required. Enter through the gallery's parking lot on Alvira Street. Please call or email the gallery to RSVP at (310) 836-2062 email@example.com.
Carole Ann Klonarides worked as a video jockey at the Peppermint Lounge pre-MTV. She is now an independent career strategist for artists, galleries, and art organizations and acurator of contemporary art and media. In addition, she is a co-producer of collaborative videos on art and artists (MICA-TV) and a writer and visiting lecturer on contemporary and media art. From 2006 to 2007 she served as a consultant for the Getty Research Institute for "California Video," an exhibition and publication involving the acquisition of the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Collection. She was the Curator of Programming at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (1997-2000) and Media Arts Curator at the Long Beach Museum of Art (1991-95). She is currently working on a re-presentation of films from the late 1970s for the fortieth anniversary of Semiotext(e) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City and Redcat, Los Angeles for late 2014.
Tom Recchion has been a sound and visual artist, composer, art director, and graphic designer in California since the 1970s. He spent many years as a Grammy-nominated art director at Warner Bros. and Capitol/EMI, and more recently Sr. Global Art Director at Levi Strauss. He has designed for John Lennon, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Van Dyke Parks, Terry Riley, Hermann Nistch, Prince, REM, and David Lynch. Co-creator of the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS), he has played in groups such as Extended Organ, Doo-Dooettes, Airway, Bpeople, Sonic Youth, Smegma, and many more. His work has been exhibited worldwide, and he has collaborated musically with David Toop, Max Eastley, Jad Fair, Christian Marclay, Oren Ambarchi, Aaron Moore, Keiji Haino, and John Duncan. As a member of Extended Organ, he's recently performed at Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Currently he is designing an album of music from Pacific Ocean Park, an extinct Los Angeles amusement park, and working on collages of discarded papers.