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Title

Kaldor candle

1996

Artist

Nam June Paik

Korea, United States of America

20 Jul 1932 – 29 Jan 2006

Alternate image of Kaldor candle by Nam June Paik
Alternate image of Kaldor candle by Nam June Paik
Alternate image of Kaldor candle by Nam June Paik
Alternate image of Kaldor candle by Nam June Paik
Alternate image of Kaldor candle by Nam June Paik
Alternate image of Kaldor candle by Nam June Paik
Alternate image of Kaldor candle by Nam June Paik
  • Details

    Date
    1996
    Media categories
    Sculpture , Time-based art
    Materials used
    closed-circuit camera, tripod, 3 metal television shells, 2 television monitors, candles
    Dimensions
    installation dimensions variable :

    a - wooden base, 99.5 x 70.5 x 102 cm

    b - 3 x TV stack, 84 x 41 x 40.3 cm

    a-b, 184 x 70.5 x 102 cm, overall

    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. front of cabinet, paint "PAIK/ 96". Signed in Korean characters on left front of cabinet, paint "PAIK".
    Signed and dated l.r. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "[signature]/ NAM JUNE PAIK/ JULY 2 1996".

    Credit
    Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    344.2011
    Copyright
    © Nam June Paik Estate

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  • About

    Nam June Paik was a pioneer of video installation in the early 1960s. Associated with the international conceptual movement Fluxus, Paik regularly collaborated with other Fluxus artists such as Joseph Beuys and George Maciunas.

    In 1976 John Kaldor invited Paik and his collaborator, the cellist Charlotte Moorman to create a Kaldor Public Art Project in Australia. As part of the project Moorman played the ‘TV cello’. Made from three televisions removed from their sets so that their inner workings can be seen, with an attached cello bridge, tailpiece and strings forming a cello-like instrument.

    ‘TV Buddha’ was also made in Sydney in 1976 using an old wooden Maitreya (Buddha of the future) from the Kaldor collection. ‘Kaldor candle’ was made in 1996 for John Kaldor, who remained friends with Paik until the artist’s death in 2006. Both ‘TV Buddha’ and ‘Kaldor candle’ employ a conceptual use of video – first developed by Paik – in which a camera and a monitor loop in real time, blurring the object–subject distinction. This feedback idea was used by leading conceptual artists in the 1970s, including Bill Viola, Dan Graham and Mike Parr.

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