Go See – Brussels: John Baldessari at Greta Meert Gallery through July, 25th 2009.

July 1st, 2009

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John Baldessari, ‘Raised Eyebrows/Furrowed Foreheads: Airplane (Concorde),’ 2009. Via ArtNet.

Currently showing at the Greta Meert Gallery in Brussels are seven pieces from the latest series by American artist John Baldessari. The selection represents a continuation of previous series, in which Baldessari explored fragmented body parts, abstraction of facial expressions and the relationship between separate parts and the whole.   His former series, which came under the titles of ‘Noses & Ears, Etc.’, ‘Arms & Legs (Specif. Elbows & Knees)’, Etc, and ‘Prima Facie, Etc.’, in addition to his work at large, has emphasized the symbiotic relationship between painting and photography. In effect, Baldessari, who has shown in more than 200 solo and 900 group exhibitions in the United States and Europe, has been credited for having helped to establish photography as a more established artistic medium.

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John Baldessari, ‘Raised Eyebrows/Furrowed Foreheads: Bridge Collapsing , 2009′. Via ArtNet.

Along with Baldessari’s fascination with the body is his use of a kind of “hybrid, visual language;” one in which multiple interpretations are at play through the use of cuts, omissions and shifting meanings. “I’m really interested in what conceptual leaps people can make from one bit of information from another and how they can fill the space,” the artist has said. In his current series, which mixes humor and irony, abstract facial expressions suggest different emotions and mentalities, but the planes of the image are multiplied through editing, and physical consistency is given to the work through the use of masking paint. The effect is a kind of blurring of photography and painting; of reality and fiction. Former notions of artistic ‘discipline’ and ‘genre’ break apart and the viewer is forced to re-interpret the recognizable.

JohnBaldessari.TwoArms (Pointing in Opposite Directions), 2009.At Greta Meert.

John Baldessari, ‘Raised Eyebrows / Furrowed Foreheads: Two Arms (Pointing in Opposite Directions), 2009.’ Via LikeYou.

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John Baldessari, ‘Raised Eyebrows/Furrowed Foreheads: Knife (with Hands).’ Via ArtNet.

Born outside of San Diego, California during the Great Depression in 1931, Baldessari is the son of a Danish mother and Austrian father.  The artist attended San Diego State University and did graduate work at Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute, and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA from 1970 to 1988 and at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1996 to 2007. His work can be found in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., the Tate Collection, London, and the Pompidou Center in Paris, France.

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John Baldessari’s ‘Raised Eyebrows/ Furrowed Foreheads: (Black and White eyebrows)’, was shown this past January at the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York. Via TimeOut.

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The artist in his Studio in Venice, California, 2005. Photograph by Catherine Opie. Via John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné.

Known for having worked with a wide array of media, Baldessari is believed to have revolutionized the language of art, while opening up new opportunities for conceptual expression.

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A portrait of John Baldessari by Sidney B. Felsen, 2007. Via Baldessari.

“Raised Eyebrows/Furrowed Foreheads” will be exhibited at the Greta Meert Gallery in Brussels until July 25th, 2009.

-Georgia Suter

Bird expert leads fall migration hike at Baker’s Lake.(Neighbor)

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) October 28, 2011 Events that involve pets, animals and plants, such as pet washes, adoption days, nature walks, microchipping, nature photography exhibits, nature tours, bird walks, calls for volunteers for nature-related work days, etc. Deadline is two weeks before event date.

Bird Hike: 7:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Baker’s Lake. Meet at Beese Park at the east end of Cornell Avenue. Barrington area bird expert Wendy Paulson leads a fall migration bird hike. Free, space is limited. Bring binoculars; waterproof boots recommended. Register with Janis Wesley, (847) 328-1250, ext. 10, or jwesley@audubon.org. astronomyforkidsnow.net astronomy for kids

Volunteer at Stillman: Friday, Oct. 28, Stillman Nature Center, Penny Road, between routes 59 and 62, South Barrington. Volunteer duties include clearing buckthorn, collecting seeds, planting trees, burning brush, cleaning raptor enclosures, and spreading chips on trails. Stillman has the tools; healthy, outdoor-loving volunteers are needed. Bring work gloves and wear clothes you don’t mind getting muddy. For information, call (847) 428-6957 or visit stillnc@wildblue.net.

Astronomy for Kids: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Harper College’s Karl G. Henize Observatory, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Students in third-sixth grade learn to identify planets, stars and constellations in Palatine’s night sky and observe deep-sky objects through telescopes. Free. Visit harperastronomy.org.

Auction Day: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. Rand Road, Palatine. Knupper’s yearly plant auction. Trees, shrubs and evergreens are auctioned at 50-90 percent off retail prices. Registration begins at 9 a.m., bidding at 9:30 a.m. For information, call (847) 359-1080.

Halloween pet costume contest, parade: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, the Bartlett village hall, 228 S. Main St., Bartlett. Four Paws Animal Foundation sponsors a Halloween pet costume contest in conjunction with the Bartlett Heritage Halloween parade. Contestants walk in the parade with their pets dressed in costume to be eligible to win ribbons and prizes. Judging follows the parade. Call (630) 289-0478.

Trick-or-Treat Delight: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, The Buddy Foundation, 65 W. Seegers Road, Arlington Heights. Bring your costumed family and pets photos with Wanda the Witch and treats for all, including hot dogs, chips, soda and dessert. $7.50 donation per photo benefits Buddy’s animals. Call (847) 290-5806 or visit thebuddyfoundation.org. web site astronomy for kids

Blessing of the Animals: Noon Sunday, Oct. 30, Congregation Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. Pets of all sizes are welcome. Call (847) 634-0777.

Pet food drive: The Elk Grove Leo Club will conduct its annual pet food drive through Monday, Oct. 31, to benefit Elk Grove-based Almost Home Foundation Animal Rescue. Collection sites include Elk Grove Library, Elk Grove High School, Jewel Foods in Elk Grove Village, Elk Grove Pavilion, Byrd Elementary School, the Van Fossen Chiropractic Clinic, Elk Grove Gymnastics, Arlington Heights Animal Hospital and the Academy of Dog Grooming in Arlington Heights. While all pet food and supplies are appreciated, there is an urgent need of cat supplies. For information, contact Marki, (847) 758-0034.

Hoffman Estates Garden Club: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Master Gardener Bob Nicholson presents “Get the Most for the Least: Tips for Better Gardens.”