“Blah, blah, blah” Exhibition by Mel Bochner in Maddox Gallery
“What I’m trying to do is make the painting physical enough and complex enough that I lose intellectual control. Getting inside the painting isn’t the problem, it’s how to get out of it.”Mel Bochner
“Blah, blah, blah” Exhibition of text-based paintings by the American Conceptual artist Mel Bochner will be displayed in Maddox Gallery until 15th January at Gstaad (Switzerland) and from 30th Jannuary at London.
‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ is a presentation of works from Bochner’s popular thesaurus painting series, which consists of lists of synonyms displayed in rainbow-coloured palettes, often featuring a single word repeated in painterly capital letters as seen in his pioneering piece Blah, Blah, Blah (2008), after which the exhibition is named.
Throughout 2019, the team at Maddox Gallery have worked directly with Mel Bochner and his studio to curate a show of 24 quintessential paintings of which 14 will be unveiled at Maddox Gallery’s Gstaad for the first time.
The exhibition celebrates the beauty of text in art and its aesthetic importance. Each piece carries Bochner’s sardonic, humourous and nostalgic signature and offers a depth of meaning that goes far beyond appearance. ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ offers the viewer a visual exploration of the interplay between language and image and the power of words in modern society. Bochner aims to confuse the viewer by challenging them with philosophical puzzles and rhetorical questions.
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