Mel Bochner, Blah, Blah, Blah, 2022
|Artist:||Mel Bochner (1940 - )|
|Title:||Blah, Blah, Blah, 2022|
|Series:||Blah, Blah, Blah|
|Medium:||Monoprint in oil paint with collage, engraving and embossment on hand-dyed Twinrocker handmade paper|
|Sheet:||52 in x 43 in (132 cm x 109.2 cm)|
|Framed:||58 in x 51 in (147.3 cm x 129.5 cm)|
|Edition:||This is a unique and original work.|
|Signature:||This work is hand signed and dated by Mel Bochner (Pittsburgh, 1940 - ) in pencil in the lower right image.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
Mel Bochner Blah, Blah, Blah, 2022 is a quintessential offering from American conceptualist, Mel Bochner, balancing and the artificial and organic nature of art and language. The striking piece features one of the artist’s most studied terms which appear prominently throughout his oeuvre. Bochner repeats the nonsense word “BLAH” in four quadrants, aligned in horizontal stripes across the rectangular composition. The hand dyed and handmade paper sets a beautiful backdrop for the bold and bubbly typography. The straight edges of the stripes and the mechanical looking quality of the lettering juxtaposes with the painterly spontaneity present in this artwork. The letters are embossed from the reverse, adding height to the forms which stand out in slick and viscous oil paints.
The definition of this informal word changes in context; it can mean something which is boring or without meaning, or it can be used to substitute for actual words in contexts where they are felt to be too tedious or lengthy to give in full, as defined in the Oxford Dictionaries. By inserting this particular language into the context of fine art, Bochner challenges and examines our use of the word. His art begs the viewer to question: how does each color in this artwork inform our meaning? Alternatively, how can such a word inform our understanding of art?
Created in 2022, this monoprint in oil paint with collage, engraving and embossment on hand-dyed Twinrocker handmade paper is hand-signed and dated by Mel Bochner (Pittsburgh, 1940 - ) in pencil in the lower right. Mel Bochner Blah, Blah, Blah, 2022 is a unique and original work.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
1. Bochner, Mel. Monoprints: Mel Bochner: Words, Words, Words…New York: Two Palms, 2012. General information on Mel Bochner’s unique monoprints is discussed on pages 63-65.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Mel Bochner Blah, Blah, Blah, 2022 is presented in a complementary moulding.