Mel Bochner

Voices at Peter Freeman NYC

Above: From left to right: Squawk (2016). oil on canvas. 108 x 38 inches. $#!+$#!+$#!+ (2016). oil on canvas. 60x 45 inches. Drool (2016). oil and acrylic on canvas. 91x 60 inches.

BY: PROVOKR Staff

Who is speaking? To whom? In his new work Bochner assumes various voices from the super-serious to the absurd. A strong vein of irony and humor flows through them. As poet Jeremy Sigler writes in the catalog:

“… I would argue these paintings un-bracket painting’s prematurely celebrated death as they simultaneously put brackets around Mel Bochner. They do this by manifesting a character, a protagonist, who may or may not be Bochner… a cantankerous maverick who paints lines like ‘It doesn’t get any better than this.’ In such lines, one can sense Bochner’s sly subversion, his exciting and menacing wit, his willingness to bite the hand that feeds him.”

We know Mel Bochner’s paintings can be fun, provocative and irreverent but they are also amazing experiences in the drippy, singular style of his brush strokes and color choices. The words disappear sometimes and we are lost in the bold and beautiful art.

 

Cezanne Said (2016). oil on canvas. 36 x 48 inches
Cezanne Said (2016). oil on canvas. 36 x 48 inches

 

Amazing! (2015). oil and acrylic on canvas. 90 x 62 inches.
Amazing! (2015). oil and acrylic on canvas. 90 x 62 inches.

 

Gobbledygook (2015). oil and acrylic on canvas. 80 x 60 inches.
Gobbledygook (2015). oil and acrylic on canvas. 80 x 60 inches.

 

Blah, Blah, Blah, (2016). oil on canvas. 72x 48 inches.
Blah, Blah, Blah, (2016). oil on canvas. 72x 48 inches.

 

Amazing! (2015). oil and acrylic on canvas. 60 x 45 inches.
Amazing! (2015). oil and acrylic on canvas. 60 x 45 inches.

 

Block Head (2016). oil on canvas. 80 x 60 inches.
Block Head (2016). oil on canvas. 80 x 60 inches.

 

Yes! No! (2016). oil on canvas. 72 x 56 inches.
Yes! No! (2016). oil on canvas. 72 x 56 inches.

 

Crumble (2016). oil on canvas. 80 x 80 inches.
Crumble (2016). oil on canvas. 80 x 80 inches.

 

Blah, Blah, Blah (2016). oil on canvas. 80 x 60 inches.
Blah, Blah, Blah (2016). oil on canvas. 80 x 60 inches.

 

Babble (2015). oil and acrylic on canvas. 87 x 62 inches
Babble (2015). oil and acrylic on canvas. 87 x 62 inches

 

Dead As A Dodo (2016). oil on canvas. 86 x 78 1/8 inches.
Dead As A Dodo (2016). oil on canvas. 86 x 78 1/8 inches.

 

Yes!/No! Maybe (2016). oil on canvas, in two parts each: 48 1/8 x 80 1/8 inches. overall: 96 1/4 x 80 1/8 inches.
Yes!/No! Maybe (2016). oil on canvas, in two parts each: 48 1/8 x 80 1/8 inches. overall: 96 1/4 x 80 1/8 inches.

 

Obsolete (2016). oil on canvas. 88 x 80 inches.
Obsolete (2016). oil on canvas. 88 x 80 inches.

 

White Noise (2016). oil on canvas. 80 x 60 1/8 inches.
White Noise (2016). oil on canvas. 80 x 60 1/8 inches.

 

Howl! (2016). oil on canvas. 78 x 86 inches.
Howl! (2016). oil on canvas. 78 x 86 inches.

 

Zip (2015). oil and acrylic on canvas. 75 x 50 inches.
Zip (2015). oil and acrylic on canvas. 75 x 50 inches.

 

Snarl (2015). oil on canvas. 82 1/8 x 88 1/4 x 2 inches.
Snarl (2015). oil on canvas. 82 1/8 x 88 1/4 x 2 inches.

 

Thanks Again!! (2017). oil on canvas, in two parts each: 11 x 14 inches. overall: 22 x 14 inches.
Thanks Again!! (2017). oil on canvas, in two parts each: 11 x 14 inches. overall: 22 x 14 inches.

 

Eradicate (2016). oil on canvas. 30 x 24 inches.
Eradicate (2016). oil on canvas. 30 x 24 inches.

 

Thanks Again!! (2015). oil on linen. 20 x 16 inches.
Thanks Again!! (2015). oil on linen. 20 x 16 inches.

 

Ha, Ha, Ha, (2015). oil on canvas. 12 x 9 inches.
Ha, Ha, Ha, (2015). oil on canvas. 12 x 9 inches.

 

Blah, Blah, Blah, (2015). oil on canvas. 26 x 19 7/8 inches
Blah, Blah, Blah, (2015). oil on canvas. 26 x 19 7/8 inches