Baldessari vs. Turner 2010 Prague
15 min videoloop, projection over table desk_ 207 Gallery— Prague / 2010
Remediation of John Baldessari’s work “I will not make any more boring art.” from 1971.
John Baldessari’s description of his original artwork:
In 1971, Baldessari was commissioned by the Nova Scotia College of Art and De- sign in Canada to create an original, on–site work. Unable to make the journey himself, he suggested that the students voluntarily write the phrase “I will not make any more boring art” on the gallery walls. Inspired by the work’s completion– the students covered the walls with the phrase – Baldessari committed his own version of the piece to videotape. Like an errant schoolboy, he dutifully writes, “I will not make any more boring art” over and over again in a notebook for the duration of the tape. In an ironic disjunction of form and content, Baldes- sari’s methodical, repetitive exercise deliberately contradicts the point of the lesson – to refrain from creating “bor- ing” art.