Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Daniel Gonzalez submits John Baldessari

John Baldessari works in many different modes; infusing various materials and techniques in a single piece. Most of his works address various issues in contemporary art, including artistic authenticity and the use of flat shape elements to assert two-dimensionality. In his figurative work he employs the disassociation of the figure and its environment, which forces the viewer to re-evaluate subject-matter and content. From original images or appropriated photographs and film stills, he distorts them by changing their color, modulating their form, emphasizing parts or deleting information altogether. I think that Baldessari's work has been important for fine-art photographers as he was successful in appropriating photography as a high-art medium and re-asserting its context in museums and galleries.



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