“SEDIMENT (PART 2)”: “HAND, LADLE, SPAGHETTI, POT, PLATE, CHAIR”
Marian Goodman Gallery edition, New York 2010 unsigned.
Published on the occasion of the artist's 2010 exhibition “Sediment (Part 2)”
John Baldessari is considered one of the most important and influential artists of our time. Commenting on his often baffling juxtaposition of images and text he says:
“I guess its fundamental to my work that I tend to think of words as substitutes for images. I can never figure out what one does that the other doesn't do, so it propels me, this kind of bafflement”....
“I am interested in what gets us to stop and look, as opposed to simply consuming images passively.”
In this work from the series “Sediment (Part 2) Baldessari's characteristic word image juxtaposition produces a pseudo narrative ie. fill in the gaps. A banal, charade like game is activated, yet at the same time the constructed image is convincingly distilled and impressively resolved. A masterful and thoroughly enjoyable work.
The catalogue “PURE BEAUTY” from the John Baldessari retrospective at the Tate Modern, London 2010 is available for viewing in store.