Monday, September 10, 2012

403. Dead Media

I was commissioned by TCC Visual Arts Center to create this new installation called "Dead Media"...


It's made from 497 VHS videotapes, which were kindly donated by several friends (thanks again Mimi, Robin, Quillan, and Stephanie), the staff/students of Tidewater Community College, and also culled from my personal collection.


The overall size is 20'-8" x 8'-11" (6.29 x 2.71 meters)






In the spirit of the famous painting The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger, the skull was created to only look correct from one point and is actually quite distorted in real life.


Hidden amidst the whole and broken tapes are several Easter eggs, including this tape from my personal collection...


The piece will be on display from September 14 through November 1st at the TCC Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA, and if you're in the area, you're invited to come to the opening reception this Friday starting at 7pm. Details can be found HERE.


Students at the school have been encouraged to take the tapes when the piece is dismantled and create their own skull art.

4 comments:

GStar said...

Very, very cool. Well done!

Tatman said...

Seriously awesome! You don't get the feel for 497 tapes until you see the pic with you included for perspective. Killer piece, N!

bigdog65 said...

Amazing art! Love the symbolism between the VHS tapes and the skull!

BriScrye@mac.com said...

I see this every night I teach and I'm sorry I missed the opening! It's awesome to see in person!