Time/Temperature (1973)

John Baldessari's works often attempt to point out irony in contemporary art theory and practices or reduce it to absurdity. His videos have been featured in more than 120 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe.

The artist as shaman or alchemist proves to be a tedious fraud. In Time/Temperature a small hourglass and thermometer measure properties that are otherwise invisible. Like the camera, these are indexical instruments, but where the camera would ordinarily be taken for granted, these devices seem self-evident.

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