Blah, Blah, Blah + Background Noise

Mel Bochner

Information about Blah, Blah, Blah + Background Noise

Blah, Blah, Blah + Background Noise
Mel Bochner

About the artwork

Mel Bochner
Blah, Blah, Blah + Background Noise, 2013
Silkscreen print on printed paper: Random printed background colors with black high-gloss paint on the front and silver high-gloss paint on the back
38 x 38 cm
Edition of 100 unique pieces (here in two variations)
Signed, dated, and numbered
€ 750 (including VAT plus shipping costs)

Mel Bochner (born 1940) is considered one of the founders of Conceptual Art. He belongs to a generation of artists that radically rejected the primacy of painting in art in the early 1960s. Bochner realized this break in particular through the introduction of language into his work. In his more recent work, Bochner again explores the once despised medium of painting, whereby his own conceptual imagery provides him with insights about painting's new possibilities. Bochner has continually questioned the conventions of both painting and language: How do we construct and understand things and how do these acts refer to one another?

In his large-scale paintings Blah Blah Blah (2011), which the artist created for the exhibition at Haus der Kunst (07.03 – 23.06.13), the speech bubble of our everyday speech forms the compositional frame for an image. Letters appear from the depths of color and, as cross-linguistic phrases, serve as the meaningless flow of words and communication that is an end in itself. Bochner's edition refers to this series of paintings: The balance between painterly and linguistic meaning, on the one hand, and descriptive and syntactic function, on the other, is varied graphically in the edition. The randomly selected paper on which the works are printed serves as background noise on which the content-free communication swells up into white noise and ebbs again.

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