How about making a series of eye-catching pieces of art deeply inspired by famous music video scenes, frames, artists and oddly curious characters who have captured music lovers’ imagination for over three decades? The goal would be to gather up some of the best artists on the contemporary scene and create an exhibition of artworks depicting a brief history of music video. Nearly a month ago, we stumbled upon the news that visual artists Chris Marrs Piliero and Dave MacDowell would start working on a group exhibition entitled «I Want My Music Video Art Show». Jumping for joy after receiving this great news, we decided to save that for later. So here we go. Starting today, October 7th, 2011, Meltdown Gallery on Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, will be hosting «I Want My Music Video Art Show», a massive group show featuring over 100 traditional, digital and mixed media artists whose visions span a variety of mediums, and bring to life conceptual inspiration that floats the spectrum from smooth sensuality and humor, to hardcore social realism. We had the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the upcoming show. Take it away, be sure to press down on the ‘play’ button when you find it and jump deep into this dangerous waterfall of art.
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Acrylic on paper, mounted to wood panel, resined, 13.5″ x 19.375″ (2011)
Chris Marrs Piliero, music video director, visual artist and co-curator of the show, tells MTV News about the project: “I love art shows and have always wanted to put together one myself. I wanted to pay tribute to the art of the music video beyond just the musician and the song. Music videos have always provided us with really f—ing rad imagery. There’s so many iconic visuals thanks to music videos and the medium has opened the door for so many amazingly talented directors that have gone on to influence television, commercials and movies. An art show like this needed to be created». Referring to the art show’s title, a clear tribute to MTV’s iconic slogan “I Want My MTV”, he says: «MTV changed the face of music with its creation and its devotion to the Music Video art form so it only made sense to give MTV a proper tribute”
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He continues,“I am curating the show with an artist friend of mine, Dave MacDowell. This came about because after my Black Keys video for ‘Tighten Up’ won the Breakthrough Video VMA I hit up Dave to commission some art pieces to give to the band and management and label as a thank you. Dave did such an awesome job and I told him I really wanted to put together this art show. I’d never done anything of the sort, though, so he said he was down to team up with me and help gather artists to put the show together. And then … bam … now we have a f—ing rad art show put together with almost 100 artists involved featuring art inspired by music videos from the 70s to 2011.”