It just dawned on me… I LOVE TV… Not what’s on it. but the medium itself. I’ve been fascinated since I was quite young with TV. I loved the way the device looked as much as I loved Capt. Kangaroo and Sheri Lewis. Yes I’m that old.
Part of the fascination is the fact that my family didn’t have a TV for long stretches of time, it would go haywire and my Mom didn’t have the money to fix it. So up until I was about 9 yrs. old TV was a treat. Since then it’s been a love hate relationship.
After my early teen years I lost interest in TV. There were only 4 or 5 channels, and most of it did not appeal to a Teenage Surrealist such as my self. Then when we moved to Colorado in the late 60′s the star was one of the early adopters of cable TV, which had it’s perks, they broadcast underground FM radio on cable so most everyone I knew had there stereo receivers hooked up to it. I also allowed 24 hr. viewing and it certainly helped on certain evening under the influence of psychedelics to have something other than “snow” to watch.
I took TV production in College and learned camera operations, switching, tape editing, etc. I investigated the physical internal science of TVs, but it quickly went right over my head, I understood RGB, and the tube technology conceptually and not scientifically. Yet This only made my LOVE grow.
The expense of video production at the time was prohibitive even for organizations, let alone individuals. VHS helped but it really was a shitty format and difficult to edit. That never stopped me, I still used TV and most importantly TV sets ( monitors) as an integral part of my theatre/art practice.
The advent of digital video and the miniDV format changed everything and caused the video revolution ( which is being televised sorry Gil) we live in now.
Truly I love the way TV monitors look, I love to see 5 of them in a row, I love to see them lying flat on the floor screen up. I also Love how faces look in close up on a monitor. It just excites me to see Video Installations in museums.
Now here comes the part people are bound to disagree with… TV is the modern canvas. The advent of photography made realistic rendering in painting and drawing useless and quaint. Don’t get me wrong I’m not one of those who every 5 years declares pinging dead, it’s not, and never will be, it’s just… well… antiquated, like wax cylinders or cassette tapes. Yes I a firm believer my AADD is not a malady but a blessing. Things never change fast enough for me.
I am biased my LOVE of TV monitors makes me want to see entire museums with nothing but TV monitors and projectors in them ( hint, hint on my next art venture in NoCal.) So there it is I am a Video Installation artist because I LOVE TVs, Some say I use them to a fault, but who cares when it’s LOVE baby go for it!