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Mel Bochner

Sonnabend Gallery

A similar problem, though raised in connection with the placement of information rather than the desire to illustrate a process, is apparent in the work of Mel Bochner at Sonnabend. He has distributed sheets of white paper around the gallery floor on which lie rocks demonstrating propositions of logical necessity. For example: “If X is between A and B, X is not identical to A or B.” The pebbles are models, picturing instead of just asserting propositions. Since many artists and critics have frequently acknowledged the influence of Wittgenstein, it is not unreasonable to draw a parallel between Bochner’s ideas and the thinking of the early Wittgenstein, particularly in his arguments of X, Y, and Z, in the Tractatus. X says that. an assumption has a particular sense, Y pictures the sense, and Z says that if two propositions relate logically to one another there is some logical complexity

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