John Baldessari: BLAH
John Baldessari draws from his emblematic use of language and archival film photography in BLAH, his latest edition with Mixografia. The piece reads in bold text across three lines: “J SAID BLAH SNORE”. The text conceals a double meaning, assembled as an anagram containing all the letters of the artist’s name while also conveying his iconic linguistic wit. The letters, each saturated with a different contrasting color, are superimposed atop still images sourced from classic films. They appear to be painted with a continuous brushstroke applied across them horizontally with a heavy impasto-like texture, which in reality is impressed in the paper’s surface. Baldessari uses motifs and messages that come together in an enigmatic yet familiar representation of the artist and his work.