Baldessari's Class Assignment #27 - Wet & Dry
Utilizing clay’s porosity to illustrate the evaporation of water and change to an object as a result, I created this installation with raw carved clay blocks, water and an acrylic, inverted pedestal. The gallery was given a water bottle and a set of instructions on how to tend to the sculpture. Twice daily, each column was spritzed and water was added to the column to aid in the breaking down of the contained clay.
Excerpt from CCA's Wattis Institute about the show:
Students from CCA's Graduate Program in Fine Arts will exhibit works that they created based on Baldessari's teaching notes from his time as a professor at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). The original course was titled Cal Arts Post Studio Art: Class Assignments (optional), 1970. Based on his class notes, students will, for instance, be instructed to "imitate Baldessari in actions and speech. Video," "Disguise an object to look like another object," or "Develop a visual code. Give it to another student to crack."
This exhibition pursues two of Baldessari's own concerns. The first is art making -- specifically his predilection for language's structure and arbitrary games, which have been a key element in his conceptual works of the 1970s, such as Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts) from 1973. These pioneering conceptual works from the 1970s have exercised a considerable influence on generations of younger artists.