The exhibition by John Baldessari at Mai 36 Galerie, which has represented the artist for a quarter of a century, since 1991, presents a new group of works reminiscent of film stills. The artist uses a combination of text and image, linking vibrantly coloured pictures and captions to a contrasting white background.
In his oeuvre, Baldessari, who celebrates his 85th birthday in June, often questions the relationship between text and image by juxtaposing the medium of the written word alongside that of the visual image. In doing so, he contrasts two different means of communication and explores the complex relationship between two fundamental forms of human expression. Combining text and image within a work formulates new statements and, with that, opens up a whole new range of connotations, associations and innovative approaches that inspire different ways of thinking.