I go back and forth between wanting to be abundantly simple and maddeningly complex.
John Baldessari is a prominent figure in Conceptual Art who draws attention to absurd juxtapositions, cropped fragments, and the minute details of images through fused text, painting, and photography. Deriving imagery from various sources – including but not limited to advertising and film – Baldessari probes the multifaceted iconographies in American culture by focusing on the interpretation and perception of the given text and visual elements. The creative process accompanied with humor and irony is often detected in his works. Baldessari’s works have been shown in over 120 solo exhibitions and 300 group exhibitions. His major retrospective was shown at Tate Modern, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Born in National City, CA, Baldessari currently lives and works in Santa Monica, and Venice, California.