Allen Ruppersberg - Still Life
Allen Ruppersberg creates paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations, and books that explore ideas related to the intersection of art, written material, and life. The artist mines his own collection of 20th-century cultural ephemera, including calendars, snapshots, magazines, comic books, newspaper clippings, postcards, posters, and instructional films, for source material. For Still Life, Ruppersberg reproduced a newspaper article recounting the tale of a young man hired by a friend to kill his mother by copying it onto canvas, adding his own commentary (including the phrase “Translated by Allen Ruppersberg”), thus taking the story from life into art.
Nam June Paik’s journey as an artist has been truly global, and his impact on the art of video and television has been profound. To foreground the creative process that is distinctive to Paik’s artwork, it is necessary to sort through his mercurial movements, from Asia through Europe to the United States, and examine his shifting interests and the ways that individual artworks changed accordingly. It is my argument that Paik’s prolific and complex career can be read as a process grounded in his early interests in composition and performance. These would strongly shape his ideas for mediabased art at a time when the electronic moving image and media technologies were increasingly present in our daily lives. In turn, Paik’s work would have a profound and sustained impact on the media culture of the late twentieth century; his remarkable career witnessed and influenced the redefinition of broadcast television and transformation of video into an artist’s medium.
“My work might be considered ‘interventionist’ because it works against the two foundations of the European tradition: belief and architecture. My work is against the connection of art to architecture, to the ‘statue’, to monumentality. I want it to be investigative, and therefore not ‘impressive’, not believable.”