a tale of a few cities

Baldessari Your Life

Posted in Art, Collage, Conceptual Art, Gif, I appropriate, Peter Combe Art by petercombe on December 17, 2010

Peter Combe, London Calling John Baldessari, 2010

John Baldessari is perhaps best known for his artworks of appropriated photographic imagery that incorporated juxtaposed colorful dots. The dots served two functions in Baldessari’s work; they allowed him to “obliterate” the identifies of people in his found images and also to render them anonymous so they could be seen more as generic types (such as an art curator or an art hustler) rather than specific individuals. But the dots also represented Baldessari’s overall strategy aimed at deflecting the viewer’s gaze from the habitual way of seeing – prompting viewers to look

A new site on tumblr allows you to Baldessari Your Life. Above is my submission (in gif form), borrowing the original gif (sans blue dot) from Mark Portillo. If you want to Baldessari your life, submit here or email your submission here.

Original gif image here: Mark Portillo

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