On a background that is divided into four parts, two pieces of ripped paper are placed askew. The four surfaces of the background are painted in black with a jumble of different colors slightly tinged, resembling an abstract expressionist painting. The two sheets in the foreground are originally from a single piece of paper torn and fixed apart, leaving a gap between the torn pieces. The original sheet has multiple lines drawn with oil stick, to which additional layers of paint were applied. This recalls the methods of décollage—cutting and tearing posters and photographs. Nam June Paik produced a few works on rectangular paper that alludes to a TV screen, and tore it apart to rearrange its pieces.
Nam June Paik
printed paper, acrylic and oil stick on paper