John Baldessari

b. 1931, National City, CA, USA. Lives and works in Santa Monica and Venice, CA, USA


John Baldessari
John Baldessari, The Intersection Series: Two Astronauts / Beach Scene, 2002, installation view, Pete and Repeat, 2009 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Thierry Bal


Baldessari’s practice occupies the areas between conceptual, abstract and minimal art and frequently incorporates a humorous or playful aspect. Works in the IntersectionSeries are composed of two seemingly unrelated and arbitrarily chosen images, which Baldessari brings together to create a third image at the point of intersection. He then intervenes in this layered section with brightly coloured negative spaces, in this case with the colours of the spectrum to create a rainbow. The overlapping area has a dual identity: it belongs partly to both axes and fully to neither one of them.