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Buddha Bap

Richard Humann

Buddha Bap
Rice, wood, paint, video monitor, DVD player
95 x 41 x 35 in
240 x 105 x 90 cm
2012

“Buddha Bop” is an homage to Nam June Paik. It is impossible to come to Korea as a foreign artist and not feel the omnipresence of Nam June Paik. Mr. Humann has personally been lucky to have known him, in that the gallery that represented him for many years in New York City also represented Nam June’s wife, the artist Shigeko Kubota. Mr. Humann has been fortunate to have visited his home and studio, and to have exhibited his work alongside of Mr. Paik. “Buddha Bop” re-creates the 1974 work, “TV Buddha” in which the Buddha watches his videotaped image on a TV monitor in an encounter between Oriental deity and Western media. In this new version, the Buddha is made entirely from cooked rice, and stares at a recorded image of the rice cooker that is making rice. The rice Buddha, or “Buddha Bop” is watching his own creation.

Photography: Rizwan Mirza

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Richard Humann • Buddha Bap • Rice, wood, paint, TV, DVD player
95″ x 41″ x 35″ • 2012

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Richard Humann • Buddha Bap • Rice, wood, paint, TV, DVD player
95″ x 41″ x 35″ • 2012

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Richard Humann • Buddha Bap • Rice, wood, paint, TV, DVD player
95″ x 41″ x 35″ • 2012

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Richard Humann • Buddha Bap • Rice, wood, paint, TV, DVD player
95″ x 41″ x 35″ • 2012

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