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Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” by Chrystal Chan
If you’re taking the time to read this blog (and thank you!!), there’s almost no chance in hell you’re not a fan of the music video. Hell, we think music videos are mini works of art. We can rattle off music video stats and facts like baseball fans know RBIs and plate appearances. And here at MTV, we’re pretty proud to be part of the entertainment legacy that made music videos a mainstream art form (#humblebrag).
So we’re happy to see that someone took music videos as art form seriously enough to actually, well, put them in an art gallery. Chris Marrs Piliero — he’s an accomplished video director AND FOB (Friend Of Buzzworthy) — is the brains behind “I Want My Music Video Art Show,” an art exhibit completely dedicated to art inspired directly by music videos.
Chris has been more than busy, well, directing music videos, most recently Britney Spears’ controversial “Criminal” video after directing “I Wanna Go” as well as Ke$ha’s unicorn- (andJames Van Der Beek-) battling “Blow” video and The Black Keys’ “Tighten Up” video, which won Best Breakthrough Video at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, to name a few of his contributions to the music video canon. And this weekend, he and artist Dave MacDowell are set to open the “I Want My Music Video Art Show” at the Meltdown Gallery at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, where more than 100 artists will feature art inspired by music videos such as Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Pulp’s “This Is Hardcore” video, Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight Tonight” video, and other iconic videos by Björk, Blondie, Weird Al Yankovic, Nirvana, Janet Jackson, Suicidal Tendencies and more.
“I Want My Music Video Art Show” features more than 100 pieces by 100 different visual artists in a compellingly creative, almost post-modern twist on music videos: While videos are all about movement and motion, video-inspired art is about an artistic analog moment that still breathes new life into videos in a brand-new way. Not to get all emo-term-papery on you, but as people who constantly consume music videos, it’s intriguing to watch videos become reinterpreted by an older medium.
“Music videos encompass the visions of the musicians, the directors, the stylists and the production designers. It’s really cool to be able to put together a show where artists take those visions and pay tribute through their own mediums,” Piliero said. “I’m hoping we get a bunch of people who worked on the actual videos to come through and see how their art inspired more art.”
“I Want My Music Video Art Show” opens Friday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. and runs through Oct. 20. The exhibit is only scheduled for an L.A. run, but make enough noise about it and maybe they’ll take their show on the road. Until then, check out some images from the show:
The Black Keys, “Howling For You” by Thomas Hodge