Mel Bochner// “I didn’t see why perception had to be tied to objects. Objects were never the things I was particularly involved with – it was really feelings and ideas. And the feelings and ideas did not necessarily reside in objects…”
Mel Bochner born in 1940, a major figure in the development of American conceptual art in the 1960s and 1970s. His work of the 1960s focused on language in at least two senses. On one hand, he produced works using words as his materials. On the other, he made works that deconstructed the representational conventions underlying the languages of visual art, including perspectival space and the relationship between the object depicted and the various ways it may be represented (i.e., in words, photographs, measurements, etc.).
He extended this analysis to the circumstances under which art is exhibited, including the space of the gallery. As the contributors to this issue note, Bochner frequently used non-art materials, such as tape, plain brown paper, note cards, coins, or hazelnuts in these pursuits.