David Colagiovanni: Guitar Drop, 2014. Low res sample. Original video 2k Red, 100fps.
"More metal than any song anyone ever thought was the most metal song ever"
-Ben Link Collins, Silent Media Projects
The following is a statement for the solo exhibition (Video Music at The Sculpture Center- Spring, 2014) this video was a part of:
In 1964 Pete Townshend smashed his guitar on stage kick-starting a revolution and the ultimate display of masculinity in rock music. In 1967, Jimi Hendrix took it one step further and burned his guitar before slamming it into the stage over and over. It is usually the opinion that guitars were smashed, burned, snapped, thrust into amps, etc as an aggressive act of performance. The audience sharing in the fact that the performer’s instrument would never again make music and hoping to catch a piece of his shattered axe.
1962 marked the first public performance of the composition Piano Activities by Phillip Corner at the International Festival of the Newest Music in Weisbaden, Germany. During the performance a group of Fluxus artists methodically released sounds from the piano with various implements including hammers, saws, and spatulas until it was destroyed. After it was performed, the German press referred to the piano in the work as a martyr.
The works in Video Music use a destructive process to extract sounds and images. Performer-less guitars fall from the sky and bounce and shatter against the concrete as they sound out their shifted and bent open tunings, stainless cups and cymbals tumble through the air in rhythmic ballet and paper shredders shred rolls of paper in aching tones leaving their kudzu like strands covering moaning chord organs. Video Music takes the act of destruction and reconfigures it into the act of making resulting in works that contain sounds and images that would not have been possible without their previous destruction. It is an investigation into our historic obsession with smashing and burning instruments and a re-centering of this aggressive act to its melodic potential.
David Colagiovanni Biography:
David Colagiovanni is an artist/composer living and working in Athens, Ohio. He is interested in the reconfiguration and sequencing of video, space and sound. Colagiovanni received his BFA at The University of Maine, Orono and his MFA from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His video and sound works have been exhibited in festivals and galleries internationally including: The British Ceramics Biennial, Neon Digital Arts Festival in Dundee, Scotland, SNAP, in Alberta, Canada, File Hypersonica in São Paulo, Brazil, Zeiss Planetarium in Jena, Germany, Gallery SC in Zagreb, Croatia, Simultan Media Arts Festival in Timisoara, Romania and the Immersive Film Festival in Espinho, Portugal. Recent exhibitions in the US have included solo and collaborative shows at HereArt in NYC, Lump Gallery in Raleigh, NC, Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill, NC and Gallery 621 in Tallahassee, FL. Colagiovanni is a member of the artist group Team Lump and a considerable amount of his practice exists in collaboration with artist Melissa Haviland under the moniker of Haviland & Colagiovanni.
Learn more at: colagiovanni.net