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Javelin's Canyon Candy Screening at the Clocktower -- Yee-haw!

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Sonic sampling wizards Tom Van Buskirk and George Langford, aka the duo Javelin, have never been types to be complacent with their artistic output. In past years, they created "boombaatas," large "speaker totems" made of color-blocked boom-boxes, and broadcasted their shows via an FM transmitter to "foster audience participation or battery-powered mobile parties."  Now, Javelin is back... with a 20-minute Western film and complementary installation at the Clocktower Gallery called "Canyon Candy," created in collaboration with filmmaker and artist Mike Anderson. The project is part of a larger initiative dreamed up by Clocktower Director (and P.S.1 founder) Alanna Heiss and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, to "reconstitute the idea of music videos" and to bring in more emerging talent to co-exist alongside the gallery's more established holdings, such as work by Alex Katz.

Last night, the Clocktower hosted a private screening and tour of the installation, an "immersive soundscape" which replicates many of the environments and characters from the film. For the screening, guests sat around red gingham-covered tables playing cards, and on bales of hay. Tom from Javelin walked around offering friends sips from his bottle of moonshine, and Joe Ahearn, the Clocktower's Event Director, donned full cowboy gear for the occasion. Yee-haw! Watch the Canyon Candy video, released today, here and see pics from the opening, above.

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