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Nam June Paik: “TV Clock” Opens at SBMA

July 13 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until August 26, 2018

Free – $10
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Korean-born, American artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006) blazed a trail with video art that remains influential to this day. Paik’s “TV Clock,” one of SBMA’s most important media art works, is on view for the first time in nearly a decade. “TV Clock” consists of 24 color televisions mounted upright on pedestals that are arranged in a gentle arc and displayed in a darkened space. Paik created each electronic image by manipulating the television to compress its red, green, and blue color into a single line against a black background. Called a “fixed-image television” by Paik, each TV does not involve a videotape, disc, or computer chip but an image the artist created by ingenious manipulation of electronic elements. Read in sequence, each static line tumbles into the next to form a dynamic yet elegantly spare rhythm that resembles a universally recognized way to measure time. A crucial work in Paik’s long career, “TV Clock” offers audiences the chance to experience the art and thought of one of the 20th century’s most innovative and enduringly vital artists.