Please Call Stella

Kell Black and Barry Jones

August 6, 2011- August 27, 2011

Opening Reception:

First Saturday Gallery Crawl: August 6, 2011; 6-9pm

Blend Studio presents, “Please Call Stella”, a show of multi-media works by Barry Jones and Kell Black

“You cut up the past to find the future.”

William Burroughs

We seek to create new works from both existing and original audio- visual information.

We are part of a long line of collage theorists extending from Hana Höch to DJ Shadow, from John Cage to Brian Eno.

Using the techniques of digital sound and video editing – both in the studio and in live performances – our work explores the history of cinema, the culture of the Internet, the richness of language, the pervasiveness of music and all the ways in which media intersect and interact to create new languages expressive of our time.

“Ya’ll can’t copyright no beats!”

Flavor Flav

In our current work we explore the power of the pop album, using its format as the template for our own ‘pop set.

Kell Black

Mr. Black was a founding member of Sluggo, a post-punk band in Boston in the early 80s. He was also the keyboard player for The TLC Band, a Latin/reggae/Creole group. In 2002 he composed a solo piano soundtrack for W. F. Murnau’s 1922 film, Nosferatu, the first of many screen adaptations of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Mr. Black holds a BA in music and German from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia, and he studied harpsichord and Baroque performance practice at the Wiener Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. He also holds an MFA in sculpture and drawing from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is a Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Barry Jones

Barry Jones is a digital video and sound artist with far ranging interests in music, the history of film, and new technologies. He earned his BFA in photography at Austin Peay State University, and his MFA in 3d studies at the University of South Carolina.

He is nationally and internationally known for his video installations, and has exhibited works at SPACElab in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia, and in Istanbul, Turkey, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Madrid, Spain.

On a more local level, he was recently featured at the Brooks Museum in Memphis, and he has two digital works in the permanent art base collection of the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s new media branch, Rhizome.

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