Keith Sonnier b. 1941
TV In and TV Out (1972)
1972 | 00:10:00 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3

In Sonnier’s video tape TV In and TV Out, two images are superimposed, one shot off network television and the other shot from a studio performance situation involving some of the materials and visual qualities of his sculptures. This live image is colorized by a device which adds color to a black and white image and in turn manipulates the color. Colorized color is more opaque and less three-dimensionally tactile than synthesized color, but it is tactile in its video scan-line texture. …

“The measure of Sonnier’s color video tapes is not the extent to which he extends painterly values, though there is some continuity there, but the extent to which he defines the surface, space, and color of the material of video.” —Bruce Kurtz, “Video Is Being Invented,” Arts Magazine (Dec./Jan. 1973)