Editions by Mel Bochner

Editions by Mel Bochner

Thesaurus prints is a portfolio of text-based paintings and drawings from Mel Bochner. They have a focus on ordinary language, specifically the “emotional trajectory” that emerges when one riffs on words and phrases of a certain theme. The direction, Bochner says, is evident in “how one gets from the first word to the last word—from the prim and proper to the crude and vulgar. I concentrate a lot on the sense and sound of the language. The flow of words has to have a certain kind of rhythm—or a certain kind of lack of rhythm. That’s how the narrative of the painting is constructed.”

 

About Mel Bochner:

Mel Bochner [born 1940] is recognized as one of the leading figures in the development of Conceptual art in New York in the 1960s and 1970s. Emerging at a time when painting was increasingly discussed as outmoded, Bochner became part of a new generation of artists which also included Eva Hesse, Donald Judd, and Robert Smithson – artists, whom, like Bochner were looking at ways of breaking with with Abstract Expressionism and traditional compositional devices. His pioneering introduction of the use of language in the visual, led Harvard University art historian Benjamin Buchloh to describe his 1966 Working Drawings as ‘probably the first truly conceptual exhibition’.

Bochner came of age during the second half of the 1960s, a moment of radical change, both in society at large as well as in art. While painting slowly lost its preeminent position in modern art, language moved from talking about art to becoming part of art itself. Bochner has consistently probed the conventions of both painting and of language, the way we construct and understand them, and the way they relate to one another to make us more attentive to the unspoken codes that underpin our engagement with the world.

Artwork

Are You Out of Your Fucking Mind by Mel Bochner
Are You Out of Your Fucking Mind by Mel Bochner
Nonsense by Mel Bochner
Nonsense by Mel Bochner
Aggravate by Mel Bochner
Aggravate by Mel Bochner
Criticize by Mel Bochner
Criticize by Mel Bochner
Power by Mel Bochner
Power by Mel Bochner
Oh Well by Mel Bochner
Oh Well by Mel Bochner
Liar by Mel Bochner
Liar by Mel Bochner
Obliterate by Mel Bochner
Obliterate by Mel Bochner
Silence by Mel Bochner
Silence by Mel Bochner
Scoundrel by Mel Bochner
Scoundrel by Mel Bochner
Everybody Is Full of Shit by Mel Bochner
Everybody Is Full of Shit by Mel Bochner
Obscene by Mel Bochner
Obscene by Mel Bochner
Thank You (black adn white) by Mel Bochner
Thank You (black and white) by Mel Bochner
Thank You (black and white) by Mel Bochner
Language is not Transparent by Mel Bochner
Language is not Transparent by Mel Bochner
Obliterate by Mel Bochner
Obliterate by Mel Bochner
Amazing (inverse) by Mel Bochner
Amazing (inverse) by Mel Bochner
Braggart by Mel Bochner
Braggart by Mel Bochner
Thank You by Mel Bochner
Thank You by Mel Bochner
I Don't Get It/I Still Don't Get It by Mel Bochner
I Don’t Get It/I Still Don’t Get It by Mel Bochner
I Don’t Get It/I Still Don’t Get It by Mel Bochner
Blah Blah Blah (blue) by Mel Bochner
Blah Blah Blah (blue) by Mel Bochner
Enough Said by Mel Bochner
Enough Said by Mel Bochner
That's All Folks by Mel Bochner
That’s All Folks by Mel Bochner
That’s All Folks by Mel Bochner
I Forget (blue) by Mel Bochner
I Forget (blue) by Mel Bochner
I Forget (orange) by Mel Bochner
I Forget (orange) by Mel Bochner
Blah Blah Blah + background noise by Mel Bochner
Blah Blah Blah + background noise by Mel Bochner