Thesaurus

Thesaurus Paintings is a portfolio of text-based paintings and drawings from Mel Bochner. They have a focus on ordinary language, specifically the “emotional trajectory” that emerges when one riffs on words and phrases of a certain theme. The direction, Bochner says, is evident in “how one gets from the first word to the last word—from the prim and proper to the crude and vulgar. I concentrate a lot on the sense and sound of the language. The flow of words has to have a certain kind of rhythm—or a certain kind of lack of rhythm. That’s how the narrative of the painting is constructed.”

ARTWORK

Obliterate by Mel Bochner
Obliterate by Mel Bochner
Obliterate by Mel Bochner
2018
Amazing (inverse) by Mel Bochner
Amazing (inverse) by Mel Bochner
Amazing (inverse) by Mel Bochner
2014
Silence by Mel Bochner
Silence by Mel Bochner
Silence by Mel Bochner
2013
Obscene by Mel Bochner
Obscene by Mel Bochner
Obscene by Mel Bochner
2017
Scoundrel by Mel Bochner
Scoundrel by Mel Bochner
Scoundrel by Mel Bochner
2010
Nothing by Mel Bocher
Nothing by Mel Bochner
Nothing by Mel Bochner
2016