The son of a sign painter and friend of the thesaurus, pioneering conceptual artist Mel Bochner describes his working process as puzzling through a series of hypotheses. “My way of doing things is to follow my interests wherever they lead me,” he told the NYTimes in 2013. “I don’t have a pre-formed theory about what my work is or should be. I work by making up hypotheses—‘What would happen if…’—and then working through the contradictions as they come up.”
One of the many questions fueling his famously high/low works could be stated as: What would happen if language were used as an artistic medium? The generous selection of his prints, available at Hamburg Kennedy Photographs, offers a view of how the artist has gone about answering that question, one which he has been pursuing for decades.
All works by Mel Bochner available at Hamburg Kennedy Photographs.