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the history of television  1974-2006

2006
Steel, CRT monitors, polyethylene, 4 channel video
24 by 5 by 1 feet

The History of Television: 1974-2006 is a line of glowing globular forms, attached to monitors that display flickering, abstract mandala-like designs. The work, as hinted at in the title, is an homage to Nam June Paik's influential 1974 work TV Buddha, a video installation that presented a sculpture of Buddha endlessly contemplating his own real-time digital image on a TV screen. Knowing this reference provides more intellectual and visual thrills, as you can then recognize that Rice's smallest blob is actually a Buddha vacuum-cast in plastic. As you go down the line, the Buddha's form becomes more and more abstract and swollen, while certain identifying traits remain still visible. Through this experience, Rice creates a process that is akin to the way digital media distorts reality and detaches viewers from original sources.

Excerpt from "Resolution" | Stunning multimedia exhibition illuminates the imagination, Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, 3/23/2007