Can one look at a potato chip and not see some image hidden with its surface?
Do not people’s faces often look like potato chips? Clouds, shadows, stains, burial shrouds, tacos (especially in Los Angeles), floors and walls in need of paint – all have been fruitful sites for coincidental imagery.
Subject matter is there to be discovered by the creative and chosen few.
What precedes is a sampling of some of my discoveries. I’m fairly certain of my choices. Viewers may contest my selections. The faces I identify might be only coincidental likenesses and I invite dispute. (John Baldessari, Venice California, October 2008)
This artists‘ book includes 36 Potato Faces: Virinia Woolf, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Andy Warhol, Gertrude Stein, Statue of Liberty, William Shakespeare, Rrose Sélavy, Jackie Onassis, Friedrich Nietzsche, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marilyn Monroe, Carmen Miranda, Henri Matisse, Karl Marx, Mao Tse-tung, Mary Mafalene, L.H.O.O.Q., Sol LeWitt, Frida Kahlo, Alfred Hitchcock, Che Guevara, Francisco de Goya, Vincent van Gogh, Mahatma Gandhi, Sigmund Freud, Anne Frank, Albert Einstein, Emily Dickinson, Miles Davis, Salvador Dali, Julia Child, Charlie Chaplin, Napoléone Bonaparte, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mohammad Ali.
Künstlerbuch | Artists‘ book: John Baldessari, Miracle Chips.Guaranteed Fresh, 2009
- little steidl, Göttingen
- Book design and editing by John Baldessari with Nina Holland, Simon Johnston and Jerry Sohn
- 80 pages, 36 Potato Faces
- 20.3 cm x 24.7 cm
- Softcover housed in a sleeve
- ISBN: 978-3-86521-677-9 (available: Walther König: € 28, Steidl: sold out)
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