Garbage! Absolute Garbage! That would have been my response and opinion of John Baldessari’s work if the field trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla was held in the first week or second week of this Art History course. Admittedly, I had to make a concerted effort not to raise that “shield of indifference” that I normally bring up when exposed to modern or contemporary art. Prior to the museum visit I did not do much research on Baldesarri other than lightly glancing through his Wikipedia page on the Internet. My first assumption was that he was probably some kooky old fart that was way out there if he was making contemporary art at eighty-one years old. Considering myself a neophyte in the world or art, I did not recognize many of Baldessari’s pieces to be interesting or even eye catching save for a few of his more recent works. The ones that did catch my eye in particular was the Foot and Stocking line of screen prints as they were the the easiest to interpret and allowed me to ever so slightly gain a better understanding of some of his earlier works. The Foot and Stocking line of photos consists of six different works depicting a black-sock covered foot set up against a background with a combination of three different colors. In each one the big toe sticks out of a hole in the sock. All six of these works juxtapose the black sock and big toe with the tri-colored background. Another observation on the art work is that the pattern of the background is the same for all photos where there is one color filling the upper two-thirds and another filling the bottom third with a white border between on the right side of the foot between the two colors. One noted difference is that the color combination is reversed between three groups of photos. For example, one would have purple occupying the upper portion and orange the bottom portion and the art work next to it would use the same colors but in reversed position. The other two groups...
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