174 x 108 x 24 in.
Signed in white paint on proper right side of top large television: [illegible] '96 Paik
Now and Future Purchase Fund and Robert and Ina Mohlman Art Fund
As an avant-garde musician in the 1950s, Nam June Paik became involved with the Fluxus art movement, known for interdisciplinary events and artworks. He was among the first artists to use video as a medium. In the early 1960s, Paik began improvising with absurd and imaginative functions for television, the primary vehicle of massculture. He used televisions as the bodies of cellos, hid them in jungles of plants, and placed magnets on monitors to alter their pictures. Who's Your Tree was commissioned by the IMA. Taking the form of a tree built of monitors, the work incorporates footage of Indiana-inspired subjects, such as drag races, native wildlife, and local residents.
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