Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin

NJP ART CENTER | 85 Sanggal-Dong, Giheung-Gu, Yongin-Si, Gyeonggi-Do
446-905 Yongin

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Nam June Paik Art Center is pleased to present an exhibition Point-Line-Plain-TV.

Point and Line to Plain by Wassily Kandinsky, subtitled "contribution to the analysis of the pictorial elements," does not explain point, line, and plain simply as crude elements for painting. Rather, this book explains why point, line, and plain are considered quite important. It explains what originality they have, how Kandinksy's gathered them to make a certain structure, and how that truly connects the art world to the study of the law of the universe, to something beyond painting. Nam June Paik left his word, "As collage technic replaced oil-paint, the cathode ray will replace the canvas." Compared with paintings by Kandinsky, if point, line, and plain would be the basic elements in his work, Nam June Paik's canvas (television) introduced time, space, audience participation, indeterminacy, and contingency. Therefore, when the audiences watch Nam June Paik's canvas (television), which presents synthesized images using "Paik-Abe Video Synthesizer," they experience completely different thinking processes from when they look at the real canvas.

Point–Line–Plain–TV is the exhibition exploring Nam June Paik's canvas including intermedia such as television, score, film, and video, following the notion of flatness. Specially, many drawings and paintings by Nam June Paik will be presented. Through Paik's works, the audience will find improvised and unintended indeterminacy, in which images appear to overlap in a single frame. The Point–Line–Plain–TV exhibition will be an "open circuit" interpreting different perspectives in terms of flatness.