Thursday, March 8, 2012, 6pm Performance begins at 7pm
José y José (California Dreamin’) is the final work in Mary Ellen Carroll’s exhibition at Third Streaming — Federal , State, County and City (The Deferment of Impatience and Motor Responses to Being in California with Laura ’Riding’ Jackson, Florence Knoll, Kruder and Dorfmeister, José Feliciano and Gertrude Stein), on view from March 23 – May 19, 2012.
For José y José (California Dreamin‘), Carroll takes José Feliciano’s cover of “Light My Fire,” as a point of departure. The eight-minute, twenty-second version was recorded live at the Palladium in London and appears on the double album Alive Alive-O!, issued by RCA records in 1969. José y José by Carroll is a photo-based work featuring Feliciano sitting on a stool playing his guitar, which is also reproduced on the inside cover of the original album.
The ‘cover version’ is the conceptual basis for a group of works by Carroll that involve José Feliciano, and is the final project in Carroll’s stream of consciousness/Rube Goldberg series, My death is pending because, that began in 1983 and was exhibited at Third Streaming in 2010.