2/21/2017 - 4/12/2017
Mel Bochner (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1940) is one of the leading figures of Conceptual Art emerging in New York City in the 1960’s. Bochner formed part of a group of artists that queistionted traditional processes and techniques as well as Art System. Since then he became part in some of the more important initiatives taken around the movement, as his selection for the V Documenta in Kassel, curated by Harald Szeemann in 1972.
His works is developed through installations, intervention in public spaces, murals and pictures, along with diagrams, drawings and scketches, very often colourless. Language and its meaning is a recurrent subject in Bochner, who translates his ideas and thoughts into his works creating iconic sentences and expressions such as Language is not transparent or Blah, Blah, Blah.
Bochner has returned to painting and colour in recent years, making oil on canvas and work on paper. In these new pieces, he is keeping that structure of words’ chain, related between them by their meaning. The words are questioning directly to the audience, and are social, politic and artistic manifestos.
The exhibition at Proyecto H Contemporáneo features his recent work on paper, Monoprints. Monoprints are unique embossed prints on paper combining craft and digital processes, tradition and technology. Bochner says about this work: “their function is to discover new things to think about; new things to look at; new ways to look at them; to take the work in unpredictable directions one otherwise would never have dream of”.