Sixteen Isomorphs (Negative)

Date:

1967

Artist:

Mel Bochner
American, born 1940

About this artwork

Since the 1960s, pioneering Conceptual artist Mel Bochner has produced a diverse and compelling body of work preoccupied with the gap between an idea and its material manifestation. By 1967 he had turned to photography to record time-based conceptual processes. In this work, the artist photographed rows of cubes from an angle and made negative prints. Bochner then cut them into quadrants and installed them in a random order. The term isomorph in the title refers to the equal areas of black and white in each image and in the composition as a whole. The final grouping of 16 Isomorphs (Negative) shows how Bochner could transform a single photograph of building blocks into a galaxy of nonexistent spaces.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Mel Bochner

Title

Sixteen Isomorphs (Negative)

Origin

United States

Date

1967

Medium

Gelatin silver prints mounted on board

Dimensions

49.5 x 49.5 cm (19.5 x 19.5 in.) each panel; 226.1 x 355.6 cm (89 x 140 in.), installed

Credit Line

Gift of Mary and Leigh Block; restricted gifts of Focus/Infinity, Mr. and Mrs. H. George Mann, and David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg; Photography Associates Fund

Reference Number

1991.163.1-16

Copyright

© 2008 Mel Bochner.

Extended information about this artwork

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