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Mel Bochner

Drawings 1966-1968

April 3 – May 22, 2015

Mel Bochner, Triangulations (3/3/3), 1966. 
Mel Bochner, Untitled (Shop Drawing for One/Two/Three), 1966. Ink on graph paper, 11 3/4 x 8 5/8 inches.
Mel Bochner, Untitled (Study for Cantor's Paradox), 1966. Ink and pencil on paper, 10 3/4 x 8 1/8 inches.
Mel Bochner, 3, 1966. Ink and pencil on graph paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Private collection.
Mel Bochner, Study for Portrait of Robert Smithson, 1966. 
Mel Bochner, Study for Double Solid Based on Cantor's Paradox, 1966. Ink and pencil on graph paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
Mel Bochner, Untitled (Study for 3x3), 1966. Ink and pencil on graph paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
Mel Bochner, Study for Sculpture (5-part Progression), 1966. 
Mel Bochner, Study for Sculpture (5-Part Progression), 1966.
Mel Bochner, Untitled (Study for 3-Way Fibonacci Progression), 1966. Ink on graph paper, 11 x 8 1/2 inches.
Mel Bochner, Untitled ("Child's Play!": Study for 7-Part Progression), 1966. Ink on paper, 5 2/3 x 7 inches.
Mel Bochner, Cantor's Paradox #2, 1966. Ink and pencil on graph paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
Mel Bochner, Cantor's Paradox, 1966. Ink on graph paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
Mel Bochner, Project: Room-Block, 1966. 
Mel Bochner, Project: Forced Perspective, 1966.
Mel Bochner, (N + 1) Center Sets, 1966. Ink on graph paper, 11 x 8 1/2 inches.
Mel Bochner, 36 Photographs and 12 Diagrams: Set A, 1966. 
Mel Bochner, Serial Sculpture E, 1966. 
Mel Bochner, Isomorph A4, 1967. Photograph, 16 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches.
Mel Bochner, Reversal Quadrants (Stepped [7]), 1966. 
Mel Bochner, Four Sets: Rotations and Reversals, 1966. Ink on tracing paper, 12 x 15 inches.
Mel Bochner, Constants and Variables: Horizontal Striations, 1967. Ink, felt tip pen, and pencil on graph paper, 13 x 19 inches.
Mel Bochner, Plan for Color Photo Piece, 1967.
Mel Bochner, Order 10 Square: Counting 1-100, 1966. 
Mel Bochner, Projected Plan for 42 Photographs (Tri-Axial Rotation of a Cube), 1966.
Mel Bochner, Untitled (Study for Isomorphic Circles), 1967. Pencil on mylar, 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
Mel Bochner, Project for a Photo Piece, 1967.
Mel Bochner, Twelve Sets (Visually Random) Magic Square Order, 1967.
Mel Bochner, Superimposed 'G-L' Squares, 1966.
Mel Bochner, Number Series (Study for Magic Squares: Visually Random), 1966-67.
Mel Bochner, Scorecard Drawing (Mel Bochner and Sol Lewitt), 1966.
Mel Bochner, Untitled (Euler's Square), 1966. Ink on graph paper, 11 x 8 1/2 inches.
Mel Bochner, Isomorph (Plan for a Photo Piece), 1967. Ink and felt tip on graph paper, two sheets: 13 x 19 inches, each. 
Mel Bochner, Study for Photo Piece (One Point Perspective), 1967.
Mel Bochner, Dispersed Perspective (One Point), 1967. Photocollage and pencil on board, 17 x 17 inches.
Mel Bochner, Tracing (Surface Deformation): Recrumpled, 1967. 
Mel Bochner, Untitled (Deformations), 1967. Ink on graph paper, 10 x 8 inches.
Mel Bochner, Surface De/Formation, 1967.
Mel Bochner, Proposal for Wall Piece: Grids, 1968. 
Mel Bochner, Proposal for Wall Piece: Smudge, 1968.
Mel Bochner, Smudge, 1968. Blue powder pigment on wall, 17 x 39 inches.

Press Release

NEW YORK – Mel Bochner: Drawings 1966-1968 will be on view at Craig F. Starr Gallery from April 3rd through May 22nd, 2015. The exhibition comprises over fifty works - primarily drawings, with related photographs, a wall drawing, and a sculpture.

The works, many on view for the first time, are largely motivated by information systems that demonstrate mathematical, linguistic, perceptual, and geometrical principles while raising them to the level of art. The exhibition is the first to present as many examples from this singular body of work and thus illustrates the unifying conceptual, narrative thread that runs throough this period of Bochner's artistic production.

The works on view engage seriality, language, counting, measurement, shape, and spatial orientation in varied compositional structures and translates them into different systems. On the heels of Minimalism, Bochner's work constitutes an extended interrogation of structure and form on a more explicitly conceptual level. For example, Cantor's Paradox #2 (1966) is the schematic representation on gridded perspective paper of a proposed sculptural object derived from a previous, two-dimensional attempt to visualize the mathematical expression of infinity. 

Serial Sculpture E (1966) is a highlight; a construction of 84 painted two-inch by two-inch wooden blocks, it was originally one of twelve configurations documented photographically and diagrammatically in 36 Photographs and 12 Diagrams (1966). This occasion marks the sculpture's first-ever presentation in a public exhibition. 

Previously, Bochner's block configurations were seen via his photographic works, which illustrate the numerous possible permutations and set-ups — the substitution of photograph for sculptural object suggests a dematerialization characteristic of Bochner's practice. He continued to explore these ideas in works such as Isomorph A4 and Constants and Variables: Horizontal Striations (both 1967), also on view.

Mel Bochner: Drawings 1966-1968 consists of loans from the artist, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and several private collections from across the country. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Jeffrey Weiss, Senior Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, accompanies the exhibition. 

Mel Bochner (born 1940, Pittsburgh) received his BFA in 1962 from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. His work can be found in prominent private collections and numerous public collections worldwide. He lives and works in New York City. This is his first exhibition at Craig F. Starr Gallery.