Friday Night Gallery Chat / Returns! Viola and Paik

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Good evening ,when I last left you we were discussing the work of Bill Viola and Nam June Paik – hopefully you have attempted to form an opinion on what you think is the crux of their work.

Video installation for Nam June Paik and Media/Installation for Bill Viola.


Nam June Paik is an interesting artist and always has a new idea or concept for his work, the elements are disparate and symbolic.  There is a tinge of spirituality to his work  mixed with reflection.

here is another example,

Image from wikipedia

Detail of Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii
I think his work is truly beautiful  with a strong sense of placement.


From Wikipedia

Nam June Paik (July 20, 1932January 29, 2006) was a Korean-born American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the first video artist.[1] He may have been the author of the phrase “Information Superhighway”, which, according to his own account, he used in a Rockefeller Foundation paper in 1974[2].

Nam June Paik

The picture was taken by Lim Young-kyun in 1983 while Nam June Paik was in New York City
Korean name
Hangul 백남준
Revised Romanization  class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=””>Baek Nam-jun


Bill Viola was more of a straight contemporary artist for whom process was more important than the art, by that I mean- the actual engagement  with the medium, the working on the piece was more important to him than the end result. 

Sometimes in art the underlying meaning to the artist and the viewer is more significant than the piece itself.

Art is not a simple thing there are many layered interpretations, if it is done well…

an example,

From Wikipedia,

Bill Viola (born United States of America, 1951) is a contemporary video artist. Viola is considered a leading figure in the generation of artists whose artistic expression depends upon electronic sound and image technology New Media.[1]


Have a pizza ladened night!

I know I am going to stuff myself silly!

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