On the occasion of the first edition of Taipei Dangdai in Taiwan in January 2019, Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to present a solo booth of works by Mel Bochner from his iconic Ha Ha Ha series.
Mel Bochner’s intellectual and material analysis of photography, painting and sculpture has produced ground-breaking works that have established his reputation as one of the leading American conceptualists. Throughout his career, the artist has explored the intersection of linguistic and visual representation. His early works dissected the art object and formed the ‘analytical’ groundwork so crucial to informing the basis for the more ‘synthetic’ works of recent years. The overriding question at the heart of his project has always been the same - how do we receive and interpret different types of information? In the wake of abstract expressionism artists felt there was little to add to painting and this triggered in Bochner a response that was more about thinking than making. He started to find clear ways of looking at art and to question how we experience depth, perspective and space. He went on to explore language and colour in the same way.