Elina Brotherus, The Baldessari Assignments, 2016

Elina Brotherus, For Sylvia Plath, 2016

From the series The Baldessari Assignments
Pigment ink print on barytha paper from digital original mounted on aluminium and framed
70 x 87 cm
Edition of 6

After John Baldessari, For Sylvia Plath, from The Way We Do Art Now and Other Sacred Tales, 1973
“A homage to the American author. A scene is reenacted from her novel in which she attempts to hide from the world by hiding beneath a mattress. (—-)”

The American artist John Baldessari proposed a list of “art ideas” to his indecisive students at CalArts in the 1970s. I started to use these ideas as assignments in my own teaching. I saw how much fun the students had doing the Baldessari assignments and thought that I want to do them too. In 2016 at my nomination for the Prix Elysée, I started to use different instructions like Fluxus event scores and Baldessari’s ideas as the basis of new work. The Baldessari Assignments is a still on-going series.

Elina Brotherus, Reversals, 2016

From the series The Baldessari Assignments
Pigment ink print on barytha paper from digital original mounted on aluminium and framed
90 x 112 cm
Edition of 6

After John Baldessari, Reversals, from List of Art Ideas for 1st Class of CalArts, Post Studio (If They Have No Ideas of Their Own from which to Make a Piece), 1970

The American artist John Baldessari proposed a list of “art ideas” to his indecisive students at CalArts in the 1970s. I started to use these ideas as assignments in my own teaching. I saw how much fun the students had doing the Baldessari assignments and thought that I want to do them too. In 2016 at my nomination for the Prix Elysée, I started to use different instructions like Fluxus event scores and Baldessari’s ideas as the basis of new work. The Baldessari Assignments is a still on-going series.

Elina Brotherus, Portrait Series (Gelbe Musik with Sunflowers), 2016

From the series The Baldessari Assignments
Pigment ink print on barytha paper from digital original mounted on aluminium and framed
80 x 110 cm, Edition of 3
70 x 96 cm, Edition of 3

The American artist John Baldessari proposed a list of “art ideas” to his indecisive students at CalArts in the 1970s. I started to use these ideas as assignments in my own teaching. I saw how much fun the students had doing the Baldessari assignments and thought that I want to do them too. In 2016 at my nomination for the Prix Elysée, I started to use different instructions like Fluxus event scores and Baldessari’s ideas as the basis of new work. The Baldessari Assignments is a still on-going series.