As part of the Clocktower Gallery’s music video production program, Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor has paired up with Brooklyn-based band Unstoppable Death Machines to produce a new music video for their single, “Do The Devo.” Taking a live performance, filmed in the main gallery, as its’ starting point, Chatfield-Taylor has transformed his project space into an animation studio, complete with a custom-built light table for large drawing sessions, and inspirational ephemera from both his and the bands’ lives. Throughout the duration of the residency, groups of friends and illustrators have been invited into the workspace to converse and collaborate on the process of hand-drawing every one of the thousands of individual frames, culminating in a massively chaotic and beautiful distillation of his entire community’s creative efforts.
The video will be premiered at the Clocktower Gallery on Tuesday, November 28, 2012 at 6pm as part of a screening program called Music Video Time 2. This program will also include previous works by Chatfield-Taylor and highlights from other emerging music video directors, co-curated by the artist and the Clocktower’s own Joe Ahearn.
Working almost exclusively with New York locals, as Music Video Director he’s made videos for Matt & Kim, Ninjasonik, Star Fucking Hipsters, Pterodactyl, Parts & Labor, and Man Forever. As Record Label he's done special releases, like the vinyl for Cerebral Ballzy which, designed wrapped with sandpaper skateboard grip-tape, could easily destroy any neighboring record. As Book Publisher he's envisioned projects like slaving over a type-writer and thousands of index card for a book of 1,000 music reviews written via Twitter by rock critic Christopher Weingarten, under his handle @1000TimesYes. As Curator he’s produced a number of sprawling and conceptually-themed art shows, including Ninjasonik’s record release show of 70 hand-designed record covers and the audio-art mad house at St Ceceilia’s Convent, called Sequence of Waves. And as an Artist he makes installation work for his videos, along with building igloos and other social spaces out of various reclaimed materials. Even with all these hats, Nick still finds time to run with raft gangs like Miss Rockaway Armada and rides his bike as far as Minneapolis.
The Clocktower projects of Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor are made possible by a grant from the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Jerome Foundation. Generous paper and printing support also provided by City College MFA Digital Interdisciplinary Art Practice (DIAP).