Nam June Paik

Our first artist is considered the father of digital art, having astounding impact on the world of video and television globally. He had begun his artistic reign between the 1950s and 1960s during anti-art movements. Paik was able to take the ideas and concepts of the moving image and transform it into a real form of art. One of Paik’s most famous pieces was that of a Buddha statue watching a live stream if himself on a television. This piece was created in 1974. tv_buddha1324345131766

Another piece done by Paik was the Electronic Superhighway. Paik claimed that the images on the screen were what a person passing through that state would see from outside their car door window. nam-june-paiks-electronic-superhighway

And one last piece done by Paik is the TV Garden. In this, monitors are hidden among plants to combine the elements of nature and television. This exhibit was created in 1974.  11-TVGarden


As far as my opinion on the work of Paik, I think he had fantastic ideas that he was successfully able to be understood and displayed. The point of art is to be able to express emotions towards objects or people, and Paik has done that quite well. The Electronic Superhighway, for example, takes the idea of travel throughout the country and puts it into a single display. The eye immediately is drawn to the bright neon lights, while also discovering different images to go along with the different states. This is important especially because of the diversity in land, people, and culture the U.S. has to offer. It’s a very simple piece with complex meaning. I quite enjoy what I have seen so far of Paik.


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